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The Zuccardi family, have been living in Mendoza since the late 19th century. During the 1950’s, current Director Jose Alberto Zuccardi’s father, Don Alberto, started his own irrigation company, which specialised in irrigation techniques for the grape and soft fruit industries in the region of Mendoza. In 1963, as a way of demonstrating the effectiveness of his pre-fabricated concrete and of his irrigation systems, Don Alberto purchased the site of what is now the family’s Maipu vineyard, forty minutes from the centre of Mendoza city.
Here he developed an irrigation system using concrete pipes and then created a 16 hectare vineyard to demonstrate the system to growers. This vineyard at Maipu now amounts to 170 hectares of vines.
So convinced was Don Alberto by the potential for using his irrigation expertise in arid areas, that in 1973 he purchased a second vineyard site in the desert area of Santa Rosa, a further half an hour to the east of Mendoza city. The farm extends to 1400 hectares of dry scrub-land, of which 410 hectares are now under vine.
Since 1985 the company has been managed in its entirely by Don Alberto’s son, José Alberto.
The Zuccardi’s company is now the largest family-owned winery in Argentina and ensures its quality in all markets by selling wines made only from the family’s own grapes. The company is run as a family by a family and is committed to using as much manpower and as little machinery in the vineyards as possible.
Permanent staff account for 350 people with an extra 200 people employed at harvest times. In many cases, whole families are employed and have been since the vineyards were first planted. Jose Alberto Zuccardi believes that good wines are created by good people in healthy vineyards and he therefore confers as much responsibility as possible on the families and teams who work in his vineyards.
The administrative offices and the main winery lie beside the company’s Maipú vineyards, half an hour from the centre of Mendoza City in central west Argentina. The winery was constructed in 1968 with vineyards surrounding it covering 170 hectares. The soil at Maipu is predominantly clay and grows Malbec, Cabernet, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Torrontes, Chenin blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Santa Rosa Vineyard:
The desert site of the Santa Rosa vineyards, 85 kilometres to the east of Mendoza, was purchased by the Zuccardis in 1973. It runs to 1,600 hectares, of which 430 hectares are currently under vine, a figure which increases annually as more of its scrub land is reclaimed. There is a rainfall of only 170-200mms per year to swell the vines, so a complicated irrigation system is in place, supplied by 14 deep wells. Grapes grown at Santa Rosa include: Bonarda, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Torrontes, Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Viognier, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The majority of the surrounding land is still under natural vegetation and poplars and pine trees have been planted to protect the land from the winds.
Familia Zuccardi ‘Q’ is the result of the Zuccardis’ aim to produce the ultimate Argentinean varietal wines. ‘Q’ stands for quality.
vida Orgánica...wines made from organically grown grapes. The Zuccardis have always believed that working with nature is the way to produce wines of quality, character and appeal. Vida Orgánica is a celebration of a healthy lifestyle and a vibrant environment.
Santa Julia...think of a daring new direction for Argentine wines and you will find that our Santa Julia range is already leading the way. As a tribute to his only daughter, Julia, Jose Zuccardi named his wines after her.
Innovation & Technology:
Think of a daring new direction for Argentine wine and you will find that José Alberto Zuccardi is already leading the way.
This is seen not just in his choice of vineyard sites, such as the desert of Santa Rosa, but also in his championing of the modified parral system and his experimentation with new types of irrigation, hail control and frost avoidance.
In addition, the Zuccardis have their own vine nursery at Santa Rosa, which brings on new plants and which allows them to put new varieties into commercial production. These have included Argentina’s first Viognier plants in 1993, the country’s first Zinfandel in 1997, as well as plantings of Ancellota, Aglianico, Barbera, Bourboulenc, Caladoc, Gamay, Grenache, Marsanne, Montepulciano, Mourvèdre, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Tannat.
Rodolfo Montenegro has been head wine maker for the Zuccardi family since 1980.
He and his team of seven oenologists look after the production of wines made from twenty different grape varieties for national and international markets.
Recently, Rodolfo has had built a small experimental winery with twenty stainless steel tanks of 500, 2000, 3000 and 6000 litres. The purpose of this is to experiment with new varieties and new vinification techniques as well as allowing the Zuccardis to get some feedback about the varieties and their suitability for each market.