From the vineyards in the upper reaches of the Valle de Uco, high on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Salentein is changing the face of Argentine winegrowing.
The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope. Salentein faces national challenges with vitality and a long-term global perspective.
Salentein lies in the province of Mendoza, the most important winegrowing region of Argentina, with some 150.000 vineyard hectares (370.500 acres) and more than 900 wineries.
Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality —with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, application of European artistry, and advanced technology— is yielding world-class wines.
About the Winery
The magnificent winery, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between winemaking steps.
Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging wine in oak casks. The two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system.
The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheater and was inspired by ancient classical temples.
The underground cellars are naturally maintained at a constant 12°C (53.5°F) and 80% humidity. Wine is aged in small (225-liter) French oak casks. The cellar capacity is 5,000 barrels.
Beyond the functionality, the shape and materials of the bodega also honor the religious roots of the valley.
Jesuit missionaries settled here in the 16th century and cultivated some of the first vineyards in the region. Salentein’s tasting room features a ceiling that has been hand-painted using colors ground from natural stone by the women of the local village.
Beauty and function converge once again in the Primus Room of Bodegas Salentein. Located on the ground floor of the winery at the heart of the two wings that form Salentein’s distinctive cross shape, the Primus Room is a mini winery exclusively dedicated to making Salentein’s Primus wines. The Primus Room houses 12 temperature-controlled French-oak wooden vats with a capacity of 7,600 liters each. This ´winery-within-a-winery´ concept is unique both in design and in its capacity for crafting premium wines using the highest quality equipment. As the ultimate expression of Valle de Uco mountain winegrowing, Primus wines are made only in those years when the fruit is of exceptional quality.