Bodega La Luz del Vino
Argentina is the country with the highest and most southern vineyards in the world. There are about 2,000 wineries in the country, most are open to wine tourism. Mendoza is by far the largest province, producing 75,28% of all wine in Argentina, and is Argentina’s spiritual wine region. With 149,226.9H, altitudes range from 450m in the east (by far Mendoza’s biggest region) to 2000m in Uspallata, a new region to the north. Luján de Cuyo and Maipu form the ‘Primera Zona’, the heart of quality viticulture, and home to many of Argentina’s famous Bodegas.
The Uco valley, an hour’s drive from Luján de Cuyo, is Mendoza’s answer to cool climate. Divided into 3 departments, Tupungato, Tunuyán and San Carlos are divided by 2 rivers, Las Tunas and Tunuyán. Defined by high altitude and a close proximity to the front of the Andes (Cordillera Frontal), altitudes range from 1100m to 1700m.
The Uco Valley is located at the north of the Tunuyan River at an altitude of 900 to 1200 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the Andes. Its total length is 17370 sq. km. It is a fertile region with an average rainfall and almost daily frosts in June, July and August. An ideal place for wine tourism: in winter, it is the other way roundt.
Bodega owns 120 hectares of vineyards, which are located in the highest places of the province, at the foot of the Andes. It should be emphasized that the vineyards Vinos de La Luz are the oldest in the Uco Valley. Despite its close proximity to wildlife, Bodega La Luz del Vino is a state-of-the-art company.
It produces 500 000 liters of wine per year. The winery is equipped with many modern production resources, including those intended for vinification in both concrete and stainless steel tanks. The harvested grapes enter the tailored “cold” premises to prevent commencement of the fermentation process. The barrels and finished product storage facilities have a programmable cooling system, which guarantees the absence of sudden temperature changes. Barrels (600 of them) are made from French oak, with a volume of 160 and 250 liters, as well as from Slavonian oak – for 500 and 6500 liters. The barrel park is partially renewed at the rate of 100 barrels per year.
Wine Callejon del Crimen wine line
The winery has a research and development department responsible for carrying out various types of microvinification based on the results of study of selected grape varieties in different areas of the Uco Valley. The winery’s chief oenologist, Pablo Navarrete, holds a degree in oenology from the Juan Agustín Maza University. Wine Callejon del Crimen wine line is a story of love and passion that dates back to the 60s and is dedicated to the silent observers and guardians of the Uco Valley vineyards: the wild owls.
Wines of the Bodega La Luz del Vino
The peculiarity of the terroirs makes our Callejon del Crimen wines unique and inimitable.
Callejon Del Crimen Winemaker Selection: 85% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. The soils are diverse: 20% from Altamira (1100 m above sea level), 20% from Vista Flores (1150 m above sea level), and 60% from Gualtagliari (1350 m above sea level). The aroma reveals mineral and spicy notes, ripe black plum. The taste is elegant and expressive, with silky and velvety tannins. The notes of chocolate and tobacco are resulting from the vinification in a French oak barrel. Balanced and persistent aftertaste. Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels. Production output: 12000 bottles.
Iluminado Malbec Paraje Altamira Argentina is a 100% Malbec from Altamira (1100 m above sea level). Aging is 12 months in French oak barrels with a volume of 160 liters and 12 months in a bottle. The aroma reveals ripe red and black fruits, delicate mineral notes. These aromas are in harmony with subtle notes of tobacco, vanilla and chocolate. The wine is fullbodied, with a well-integrated acidity. Production output: 3500 bottles. Wine potential – 20 years.