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Septima” is the Mendoza, Argentine project of the Spanish Cava (sparkling wine) giant Codorníu Group of Spain, who purchased the estate in 1999.
Their brand-new wine facility was finished in 2002. This 750-acre estate is in the Lujan de Cuyo sub-region of Mendoza, a region that produces 75% of Argentina’s wine.
In December 1999 the Codorníu Group bought 306 hectares of land in Agrelo, in the department of Luján de Cuyo, a centre of important wineries near Mendoza, capital of the leading wine-producing region in Argentina. This purchase fulfilled an ambition of the Raventós family, who had attempted to establish themselves in this country in 1940.
At the beginning of 2000 the first 47 hectares of vineyard were planted and a few months later the construction of Septima began. In 2001 a further 53 hectares were planted to make the figure of 100 currently under cultivation.
Septima’s building was designed by the Mendoza architects Eliana Bórmida and Mario Yanzón. The construction of the winery adhered closely to the principles used for many centuries by the region’s ethnic groups. The system of the dry-stone wall was employed, whereby natural Andean stone is shaped and laid.
At present Septima has 100 hectares of vineyards situated at 1,100 metres above sea level. The Septima vines are on virtually flat land, characterized by a shortage of water and a continental climate.
The soil has a good layer of stony humus that is highly appropriate for vines to take root and also contains suitable characteristics for red-wine grape varieties. This region enjoys certain climatic conditions that are determined by the proximity of the Andes mountains.
At present the Agrelo estate is planted with Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grape varieties. Harvesting takes place between February and April. The planting layout of Septima’s vineyards is similar to that of Raimat with a PRD (Partial Root Drying) drip irrigation system that is ideal for producing top-quality grapes.
Septima’s fermentation room contains stainless steel tanks and 400 Bordeaux barrels for ageing wine; this supply of wooden containers is shortly to be increased to 1,500.
At the moment Septima has three wine lines: varietals, coupage wines and reservas. In March 2001 Septima’s Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon, a 40%/60% blend aged in oak barrels, made its market debut and is already considered amongst the most highly regarded wines in Argentina. In March 2002 the first Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals were launched and in 2004 the winery’s first reservas are expected. The winery has storage capacity for 1,200,000 bottles although at present production is about 450,000 bottles.
Winemaker: Mr Rubén Calvo
Codorníu is a family-owned wine producer that traces its origins back to the 16th century and which, in 1872, was the first to introduce cava in Spain. In its history of almost 500 years Codorníu has remained in the hands of one family, who has succeeded in turning the legacy of its forebear Jaume Codorníu into one of the world’s most important wine companies.
From the very beginning the Codorníu Group has grown and meticulously cared for its own vineyards so as to obtain the best grape quality for production of excellent wines and cavas. Codorníu is the wine group that owns the largest area of vineyards in Spain - in all a total of more than 3,000 hectares.
The Codorníu Group produces quality cavas and still wines and is composed of eleven wineries. All of them are located in well-known wine regions, both in Spain and overseas, as follows: Codorníu (D.O. Cava), Raimat (D.O. Costers del Segre), Bodegas Bilbaínas (D.O.C. Rioja and D.O. Cava), Septima (Mendoza, Argentina), Legaris (D.O. Ribera del Duero), Artesa (Napa Valley, California), Bach (D.O. Penedés), Rondel (D.O.Cava), Nuviana (Valle del Cinca), Cellers Scala Dei (D.O.C. Priorato) and Abadía de Poblet (D.O. Conca de Barberá).
The Codorníu family history goes back to the middle of the 16th century. Documentary evidence mentions Jaume Codorníu and states that at that time the family had its own machinery and equipment such as presses, casks and vats for viniculture.
In 1659 the Codorníu and Raventós families were united through the marriage of Anna, the first-born Codorníu child, to Miquel Raventós. Years later, in 1872, José Raventós Fatjó produced the first bottle of sparkling wine in Spain by using the “Traditional Method”. Today, after almost 500 years, Codorníu remains in the hands of the same family and is one of the most important wine producers in Europe.