The Andes are some of the highest mountains in the world, they are a cloud curtain that blocks storms from the Pacific Ocean, thereby creating Mendoza's desert climate.
High altitude means cooler nights for better acidity & synchronized ripeness of sugars and polyphenols.
High altitude means more intense sunlight which enhances aromatics of Malbec and creates thicker skins, leading to richer, more intense wines.
Grapes for Alamos wines are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyard sites at elevations of 3,000 - 5,000. Half of the grapes come from young vines in the Catena family estate vineyards and half are purchased from growers who are closely managed by Alamos vineyard managers.
Grapes for Alamos wines are sourced the premiere regions of Lujan de Cuyo & Valle de Uco. Lujan de Cuyo is from 3,000 - 3,500' elevation and produces wines with excellent mid-palate richness. Valle de Uco ranges from 3,700 - 5,000' elevation. The cooler conditions produce wines with aromatic intensity and freshness, while the more intense sunshine lends overall concentration and structure.
Malbec was brought to Mendoza in 1852 by French viticulturalist Miguel Pouget.
Its unique adaptation to Mendoza allowed it to quickly became the most widely planted red wine varietal, reaching 120,000 acres in 1968.
Consumption changes caused Malbec to loose favor and surface area dropped to 25,000 acres in 1990.
The Catena family helped to resurrect Malbec, showing its potential for quality, and today it is again the most widely planted red wine varietal, with 136,000 acres planted throughout the country.