Galileo Private Vineyard Estates is a boutique 10 acre private vineyard estate that produces premium and barrel fermented super premium wines.  The Vineyard is the result of a desire to create very high end super premium and barrel fermented wines to be served at our boutique hotel’s wine bar in Bariloche www.galileoboutiquehotel.com; alongside a broad selection of high end Argentine wines from Mendoza, Salta and Patagonia to be enjoyed by the fireplace with a delectable selection of hams, cheeses and Hors d’Oeuvres before going up to the hotel’s astronomical observatory to hear our astronomer talk about the constellations.

Galileo is one of the older private vineyard estates inside the Vines of Mendoza cooperative of private vineyard estates.  www.vinesofmendoza.com; Galileo has been producing high quality premium and super premium grapes for 8 years.

This 10 acre property is 50% planted with Malbec, the signature grape of Argentina which finds its best expression in Mendoza, 20% with Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  All of these grapes are farmed as low yield, premium and super premium quality grapes.  The property is located in Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, home to several of South America’s award winning wines.

The Uco Valley is a key wine-growing region of Mendoza, Argentina. Located in a valley an hour’s drive south from the city of Mendoza, the region is home to the production of some of Mendoza’s most famous wines. Argentina’s icon grape variety of Malbec finds one of its best expressions in the Uco Valley, producing terroir-driven red wines with a distinctive floral aroma.  The region is home to several of Argentina’s top producers. Attracted by the excellent climate and soil quality, newcomers with historic Bordeaux-based names such as Lurton, Dassault, Rothschild and Rolland have given Uco Valley a firm place on the international wine map.

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The vineyards of Vista Flores have produced some particularly successful wines.  Among Uco’s specific merits is its higher-altitude location at the foot of the Andes mountains; the valley’s La Consulta and Tunuyan sub-regions sit at altitudes of 2800 ft (850m) and 3600 ft (1100m) respectively, slightly higher than Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo in the north. Located at a latitude of 33°S, the area’s elevated vineyard sites benefit from high daytime temperatures which drop to cool at night. This allows the grapes to produce balanced sugars and acidity while achieving phenolic ripeness. Some of Mendoza’s finest white wines made from Chardonnay and Torrontes come from Uco Valley vineyards, as the relatively cool climate allows the requisite slower ripening period.

From the Tupungato region in the north to San Carlos in the south, the Uco Valley is roughly 45 miles (70km) long and an average of 15 miles (22km) wide. The valley follows the northerly course of the Tunuyan river as it flows down from its source high up in the Andean peaks. This is of great importance to the region’s viticulture; the dry continental climate brings little rain, so irrigation techniques are widely used.

The town of Tunuyan, with a population of around 45,000, is at the heart of the region. It is situated on the western banks of the Tunuyan river.  Soils throughout the Uco Valley are alluvial and fairly uniform: a clay and rock base with a stony, sandy surface. These free-draining soils are excellent for quality viticulture as they stress the vines, leading to decreased vigor and lower yields, and consequently wines with a higher concentration of flavor.  Uco Valley has seen unprecedented investment in the last twenty years, and wine tourism is becoming one of the region’s key industries. The spectacular scenery and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities has the Uco Valley poised to become Argentina’s equivalent to California’s Napa Valley, a process which is already well underway.

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Just premium wines

As a passionate wine hobbyist with a deep appreciation of Argentine Malbec’s that are powerful and intense we only make two wines.  A 100% barrel fermented Malbec (Nicomedes) and a super-premium Malbec which is 80% Malbec blended with 10% Cabernet Franc and proportions of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that change every year depending upon climactic conditions in order to maintain a consistent character from one year to the next.  We were so excited with the results of our winemaking that we felt very passionately that we need to share these with you.