Producer

Iscay

Country

ARGENTINA

Region of production

MENDOZA

Appellations

Mendoza

Founded

1883

Climate

Dry to semi-arid, with major temperature differences between day and night

Soil composition

Alluvial soil with rocky sub-soil. Presence of sand, silt and clay

Vineyard

1,200 hectares used for production

Agriculture

Biodynamic, organic and sustainable, depending on the plot

Production Volume

40 million bottles; 75% reds, 25% whites

Varieties Grown

Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon , Chardonnay, Chenin, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir , Syrah, Viognier

Ages of Vines

15 to 20 years, on average

Behind the Wines

Daniel Pi

Daniel Pi has been working for Trapiche since 2002. He has extensive experience in winegrowing, having worked for both public and private wineries, and values both traditional techniques and high-tech approaches. He is one of the most well-known oenologists in Argentina and around the world.

Double your pleasure with Iscay

Access the wines of this producer

Daniel Pi strives to extract the very best from the different terroirs of Trapiche’s vineyards, with a view to making singular wines. With Iscay, which means “two” in the language of the Incas, he sets out to create blends that are truly perfect. Iscay wines are made from two varieties, grown by two different winegrowers, combining two separate philosophies.

The concept behind Iscay wines

To develop the Iscay line, Daniel Pi joined forces with two talented and knowledgeable colleagues… who also happen to be his friends. The unique Malbec-Cabernet Franc was crafted with Marcelo Belmonte, head of viticulture at Trapiche. Together, Daniel and Marcelo selected the plots, chose the grapes, and then discussed different combinations and vinification techniques. Their respective visions are described on the wine label and can be noted in the wine itself, which is characterized by black fruit, a touch of balsamic, and powerful tannins.

The same process was used to make the Syrah-Viognier, a blend of red and white wine that Daniel created with Joey Pensley, a winegrower in Santa Barbara. The result is an intense red that exudes scents of plum, candied peach, blackcurrant and a hint of white pepper, along with floral notes. Both refreshing and charming, this wine is the perfect complement to wild game and semi-firm cheeses.

133 years of tradition and innovation

These wine concepts combine two cultures and attest to Trapiche’s innovative spirit. The estate is proud to be the first Argentine winery to craft its own blends—in a country where most wines are simply classified as “red” or “white.” Trapiche also updated the traditional French manner of planting vines by reorienting the stocks to protect them from the blazing South American sun. And, last but not least, Trapiche was the first Argentinian wine producer to export its products.

Their most noteworthy vineyards

Iscay’s fine wines originate in the Uco Valley. The grapes for the Malbec-Cabernet Franc come from the Cruz de Piedra and Altamira vineyards, whereas those for the Syrah-Viognier are from Los Arboles. In addition to these extraordinary sites, we simply had to visit Finca Las Palmas, which is one of Trapiche’s most elegant and widely appreciated vineyards. Located in Maipú, a historic winegrowing region, this vineyard offers stunning views of the snowy peaks of the Andes.