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Matias Riccitelli

Matías Riccitelli grew up in the wine industry. He is the son of renowned Argentinian winemaker Jorge Riccitelli, who was Head Winemaker at Bodega Norton for over 20 years and in 2012 the first Latin American to be awarded Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. Matías worked countless harvests throughout the globe and retuned to Mendoza to work in two of Argentina's top wineries, Fabre Montmayou and Norton. Working alongside his father and with the passion and knowledge gained from his mentorship, Matías decided to set up on his own in 2009 to create his own line of wines. The winery is located in Las Compuertas, in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. 20 hectares are planted on three different premium vineyard sites at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The Vistalba Vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo is planted at 1,050 metres above sea level on loamy, clayey and calcareous soils over a rocky subsoil with an average age of 90 year old Malbec. The Perdriel Vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo is at 980 metres on sandy silt, rocky soils with an average age of 80 year old Malbec. La Consulta Vineyard in the Uco Valley is planted at 1,128 metres on loamy clay on a rocky subsoil, with an average of 40 year old vines. Yields are kept low to craft terroir-driven wines focusing on Malbec, Argentinian's emblematic grape variety. Matías also rents vineyards and sources grapes from small growers in the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley regions to add other varietal wines and blends to his small, but impressive portfolio. He has developed his dynamic project into one of the most prestigious boutique wineries in Argentina today, crafting his award-winning wines with witty eye-catching labels. These elegant wines are fresh and vibrant, and showcase the full potential of Argentinian terroirs.