Master local winemaker and Torrontés specialist, Jose Luis Mounier, crafts wines that could only be made by one who deeply understands this unique land. The vineyards are completely unique: "Los Tolombones", situated in Tolombón at 1,700 meters above sea level, and "Los Angastacos", in Angastaco at 1,990 meters above sea level, which total 15 hectares of vineyards under production. Bodega Tukma also owns vineyard land in Colalao del Valle, Tucumán province, and in Huacalera, province of Jujuy, this latter at an incredible 2,700 meters above sea level, considered to be the highest altitude vineyards in Argentina. Although the vines are as old as 38 years (in the case of the Torrontés), this is only the second bottled vintage of Tukma wines. View all Bodega TuKma Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard