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In 2008 Myndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein in the Uco Valley, visited the Pedernal Valley in the province San Juan in the north-western corner of Argentina. The Pedernal Valley is a deep and isolated canyon in the foothills of the Andes, only one twentieth the size of the Uco Valley. Pon, excited by the natural beauty of the region with its diverse terroirs, decided to create Pyros to showcase the superlative fruit grown there. In the Pedernal Valley the soil is comprised mostly of silica stone, a microcrystalline flint found in limestone, and striking these stones together creates a shower of sparks; “Pedernal” is the Spanish word for flint. Legend says that the old people of the region used this method to light their fires and, when the sun comes up every morning to offer heat and light to the vines, they remember that first flame. The flint stones and their flame, the spirit of which inspired Pon to call his winery Pyros, meaning “Fire”. They were the first producer in the San Juan region to produce exclusively high end wines. They have a total of 350 hectares, 80 of which are planted with Malbec at 1,400 metres above sea level. Other grapes grown are Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and, although they are red wine specialists, they do cultivate a little Chardonnay. The soils in the east of the valley, where the Pyros vineyards are located, is calcareous. Only 7% of the worlds surface is calcareous, and this part of the Pedernal Valley is the only winemaking area of Argentina to have limestone soils of geological origin. This special terroir, along with the cool climate and a constant breeze fanning the vineyards from the south, creates wines with greater colour, aromas and flavours with very good tannin structure and ageing potential. Pyros craft an exclusive range of distinctive and expressive wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Pedernal Valley, and stand out for their intense colour and spicy black fruit profile with good concentration and natural acidity. These elegant and complex wines have great character.