A vineyard reaching for the sky
“Among the lush vegetation of the Yunga forest, the rivers and rocky mountains, there emerges, unexpectedly, a stretch of desert where magic happens…”
- Alejandro Pepa, vinificateur en chef
Unique High-Altitude Vineyards
Bodega El Esteco’s most emblematic vineyards lie at 1700 to 2000 metres above sea level. The sandy alluvial soil, high sun exposure, low humidity, and wide day-to-night temperature variations make for truly unique terroir. Pure water, sourced from the mountains, nourishes the vines. North to south row orientation allows moderating northerly winds to cool the vineyards.
Aromatic Whites and Powerful Reds
The mosaic of vineyards owned by Bodega El Esteco allows them to plant a wide variety of grapes. Cooler sites favour the production of crisp, fragrant white wines like Torrontés and Sauvignon Blanc. Warmer, sunnier sites are better suited to bold red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tannat. The common theme running through all of El Esteco’s fine wines is vibrant freshness, great balance, and finesse.
Environment and Community
Water is a precious resource used throughout the winemaking process. The scarcity of rainfall in the Calchaquí Valleys makes irrigation necessary.
Bodega El Esteco uses precisely targeted drip irrigation minimize water waste. They are also working closely with local authorities to improve the quality of water available, not only for their winemaking activities, but also the local drinking water.
El Esteco at Table
The savoury turnover, empanadas, are part of the culinary tradition of many central and south American countries. In the Cafayate region, they are baked in clay ovens rather than fried. El Esteco’s favourite wine pairing for these tasty morsels is Torrontes. Its light, fresh style cuts through the rich pastry perfectly. El Esteco’s full-bodied Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the ideal accompaniment to the region’s speciality: Cabrito al Horno (roasted goat).