Trapiche’s story began in 1883, in a small vineyard called ‘El Trapiche’ in Mendoza, at the foothills of the Andes Mountain range. With more than 135 years of experience, Trapiche has earned its place as the pioneering Argentinean winery, owning more than 3000 acres of vineyards ranging from 600 meters to over 1200 meters.
Exploration and discovery lie at the heart of the winery, which thrives on innovation as a guiding principle in the search for new horizons. True to its origins, today Trapiche is on a continuous quest for the latest best practices and product innovations, such as being the first to produce wine on Argentina’s east coast by the Atlantic Ocean.
Trapiche has been recognized five times in the ranking of “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands”, and in 2019 was recognized by Wine Enthusiast as “New World Winery of the Year”. This award marks an important milestone in Trapiche´s history, recognizing its contributions to the Argentine and global wine industries over the past 135 years, and its impact on local wine tourism and culture in recent decades.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.