Like many great projects, SuperUco was born as a shared dream, which with time and work we sculpt into a solid reality. The four Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matías, Gabriel and Juan Pablo, along with Daniel Sammartino, created the idea. We developed and transformed it for almost five years, turning it into this fertile present that we had imagined long ago in time. Five people united by a project, but especially by a passion. Today, SuperUco is in a constant search to improve, with increasing accuracy, the art of making wines from the terroir where we live, wines from the terroir of which we are part of. We make wines with a transparent message that expresses all the complexity of their origin. The Uco Valley; our place in the world.
Amazing Uco Valley
Reflecting the vast Uco Valley (https://valledeuco.wordpress.com/) through wine is unmeasurable. We think about its purest expressions: we select areas and choose those that we understood were the most visceral and representative of the region. Three very small micro terroirs, the most austere lands, those of highest altitude and those that most faithfully express the qualities of this land. They are Gualtallary, in Tupungato (www.tupungato.gov.ar) ; Los Chacayes, in Tunuyán (https://www.tunuyan.gov.ar/site/), and Altamira in San Carlos (https://sancarlos.gob.ar/). Three wild, desert valleys that stretch out like natural paradises in the Andes Mountains. We harvest grapes that grow between 1,100 and 1,450 meters above sea level. They are poor, alluvial and colluvial soil areas, formed by the erosion of the mountain range millions of years ago, without organic matter. The roots grow hugging the stones, from which they take the nutrients and their unique character. The rains are scarce however, the winter snowfalls provide the resource for irrigation. The contribution of calcareous elements and the chalk descriptor are key to the identity of the wines.
Our farms are located in the heart of the Uco Valley, more precisely in the upper and central area of the region. The vines grow there in a dry weather, with constant winds that keep the valley and its slopes clean. The plants, located 1,100 meters above sea level, grow in cool nights, at times very cold, and days with a lot of sun and high temperatures, which makes the grapes thicken their skin, giving the fruit greater intensity in its colors, aromas and flavors. The soil of the farms is poor in organic matter, formed by large stone skidding from the Andes Mountains. The characteristics of each one of them is decisive in the identity of each of the wines.
In the Winemakers Village, Los Chacayes, in the heart of the Uco Valley. The visitor will find the materialization of our maximum dream: the SuperUco winery. Concrete and oak barrels help to obtain the products we expect. Like in nature, there are no vertices or straight lines, but everything tends to form circles. Therefore, we decided to conceive a circular shape design. From the plantation of the vineyards and the organic garden, to the animal pen tend to have a circular shape. The winery is an octagon in the middle of the property, which is linked to the others by trails, just like in our own lives, always intimately related. If the circle is synonymous to perfection in nature, the octagon is the most similar geometric figure to the circle: the path into perfection.
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Photos: @Juan Bonetto Michelini