Altamira is one of the places with the most history and wine culture in the Uco Valley. There are various versions about the origin of the name Paraje Altamira: some say that it was formerly known as Furlotti and just after 1977 it started to be called Paraje Altamira. Others argue that the area was always called Altamira, as it was a high place, suitable for watching birds and from where you could see the vineyards in the area.
Currently you can find vineyards over 100 years old and the surface area is divided into small vineyards in the hands of many producers, some of them small with generations of families working at the site. This is a big difference in relation to the new places in Uco Valley, which have large tracts of young vineyards with fewer owners, who are mostly large wineries.
In 2013 the National Institute of Viticulture recognized Paraje Altamira as a Geographical Indication (GI) of Argentina, acknowledging unique features of the land for grape growing and high quality wine production.
Paraje Altamira is a unique terroir in the Uco Valley. In addition to an altitude of over 1000 metres, irrigation with pure, melted ice water and a normal temperature range in the valley, it has great presence of calcium carbonate in its soil. Calcareous soils are its hallmark.
Paraje Altamira is located within the tectonic depression of Graben of Tunuyán. It is characterized by the presence of marine and continental sedimentary rocks as well as volcanic rocks of the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic periods, which are supported by an even older foundation.
It is shaped like a fan with fluvial deposits of the Tunuyán River, with the river’s source being 5000 m above sea level.
The climate is continental with intense cold weather and a high temperature range. This creates a condition of enviable natural health as annual spray distributions are around three times less than in Europe. In this climate the grapes ripen slowly, producing wines with complexity with acidity leading us to think about aging wines.
Average temperatures in the ripening period: 20 ° C / 68 ° F
Precipitation (annual average): 213 mm / 1,03ft