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Bodega Colome

Bodega Colomé were established in 1831 – it is the oldest continually producing winery in Argentina, and also has some of the oldest continually producing vines in the world. It's located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in the Salta region in the far north of Argentina, abutting Bolivia and Chile. It is thought to have been founded by the last governor of Salta to be appointed by the King of Spain, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. Estate records show that his daughter Ascensión ordered Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines from France in 1853 – these vines are still producing wines today! Colomé was taken over in 2000 by Swiss born businessman Donald Hess and his wife Ursula, and today is run by Hess' step-daughter Larissa Ehrbar and her husband Christoph. They have 140 hectares spanning four vineyards planted at between 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level: La Brava in Cafayate at 1,750 metres, Colomé surrounding the winery at 2,300 metres, El Arenal in Payogasta at 2,600 metres, and Altura Maxima, also in Payogasta – this is the highest vineyard in Argentina and the second highest vineyard in the world at 3,111 metres above sea level. Grapes grown at high altitude develop thicker skins to protect them from the intense ultraviolet rays of the sun, and the resulting wines have more colour, aroma, flavour and antioxidants as an effect from the increased phenolics. In 2019 Bodegas Colomé was named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world in the World's Best Vineyards Award. It is not difficult see why – the high altitude intensely coloured wines they craft from their unique sites have tremendous concentration and are truly exceptional.