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Vistalba

Bodega Vistalba was founded by Carlos Pulenta in the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza in 2003. Carlos is the third generation of a winemaking family, descended from the Italian family who arrived in Argentina in 1912 and founded a winery in Peñaflor which was sold in 1997. Carlos then helped to set up Bodegas Salentein in the Uco Valley for a group of Dutch investors, before building his own winery on a family estate in Vistalba, on the western edge of Luján de Cuyo. Vistalba is the region's name but Carlos holds the trademark on the name, so his winery is the only one allowed to use the Vistalba appellation on their wine labels. Combining the established tradition of the Pulenta name with their historical vineyards, Carlos implements modern viticultural and winemaking techniques and developed his own way of blending to craft authentic Argentinian wines. Vistalba farm two vineyard sites. The home vineyard at Finca Vistalba is planted at 980 metres above sea level on sedimentary alluvial, heterogeneous clay loam with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda and Cabernet Franc. The Finca Don Antonio Vineyard at Los Arboles in the Tunuyán region of the Uco Valley, is planted at 1,200 metres with Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier on sandy loam alluvial terraces. Together with a team of professionals, Carlos' daughter Paula now leads the winery, ensuring the legacy of the iconic Pulenta name continues. The gravity-fed cutting-edge winery is built in the”criollo” native Argentine architectural style, seamlessly blending into the landscape, with the majestic Andes as spectacular backdrop. A minimal intervention approach is taken in the cellar to bring out the natural flavour of the grapes, which are all hand-picked, and rigorously sorted according to the climate and soil they are grown in. Fermentation is in concrete tanks designed by Carlos with an inbuilt computer temperature controlled system, the main advantages of which are thermal inertia and micro-oxygenation. The wines age to perfection in French oak casks in an avant-garde underground cellar, where computer control maintains the ideal temperature. Three ranges of wines are produced: Vistalba are blended wines from grapes from their Finca Vistalba estate; Tomero are blends that showcase the typicity of Los Arboles, and Progenie are a range of sparkling wines made in the Traditional Method. Vistalba hold a strong position in domestic and international markets. These are sophisticated wines with incredible ageing potential

www.carlospulentawines.com