François Lurton and his brother Jacques started making wine in Argentina as far back as 1992. After searching for long, they found what they were looking for in the Alta Uco Valley, an area of majestic natural beauty in the foothills of the Andes. Although nothing more than a semi-desert at the time, they were the very first to recognise the potential of this area for winegrowing: the quality of the terroir, the virgin lands set in altitude, the continental climate and the presence of a pure source of underground water coming from melted snow from the Andes Mountains.
The very complex terroir, a combination of sand, granite schist, alluvial deposits and large rounded pudding stones are suitably poor and well-draining, which convinced them to embark on a new venture: they purchased 200 hectares of virgin land in 1996, an area named Chacayes.
In 2017, the Chacayes area was recognized by Wines of Argentina as an appellation, rewarding the years of François' hard work in order to gain the recognition that this terroir deserves in the world of fine wines.
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