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Humberto Canale

Humberto Canale was established in 1909 in Patagonia, the southernmost wine producing region of Argentina, spanning over the provinces of Rio Negro, La Pampa and Neuquen. Canale are the oldest winery in Patagonia, and played a fundamental role in the development of viticulture in the region. Humberto Canale was of Genoese origin whose family had arrived in Argentina in 1860. Humberto grew up to be an engineer, whose job it was to implement the region's irrigation systems as the dessert was conquered. He had a sharp eye for the land and recognised the potential of this fertile area at 39.2 degrees southern latitude, where the climate of cold nights and sunny days ripens grapes to perfection. Canale are located in the Alto Valle del Rio Negro region of Patagonia, where they have 160 hectares under vine cultivated on silty loam soils, irrigated by snow melts from the Andes. The business continues to be family owned, run today by fifth generation Guillermo Barzi Canale. The traditional handmade processes of the founder are respected alongside modern winemaking methods in their state-of-the-art winery where classic Bordeaux and Burgundy grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) are crafted into a wide portfolio of exceptional wines. These wines are a faithful reflection of the Patagonian region, elegant and sophisticated with great purity of fruit.