The following morning took us just a short ride from our hotel to the neighborhood of Agrelo, located just south of Mendoza city. Behind a pair of discreet garage doors is the headquarters of Añoro, a joint project of Master Sommelier Ken Fredrickson, his wife Licy and Ed Lehrman and Nick Ramkowsky, owners of Vine Connections. After tasting many wines from the region of Mendoza, this group of four set their sights towards creating a small range of top tier wines to showcase the potential of the region. Roberto de la Mota of Mendel wines is in charge of the winemaking for Añoro.
On this particular morning our group was greeted by Federico Sanchez, who manages the Añoro winery. Frederico led us through a tasting of current releases as well as several works in progress.
2009 Añoro Chardonnay
2006 Añoro Malbec
2006 Añoro “El Regalo” Malbec
These premium cuvees are produced from fruit sourced on high altitude (2700-3700 ft) vineyards in the Uco Valley of Mendoza.
All of the grapes are hand harvested, go through a rigorous selection process and are fermented in small lots. The chardonnay sees regular batonnage, while the reds undergo manual punchdown or pigeage.
The wines are then aged in a combination of high quality first and second use French oak from a period of 4 (chardonnay) to 14 months (Regalo malbec) before release.
Frederico also took us on a brief tour of the winery, which did not take very long as the entire set up is not much bigger than an average garage and carport!
Scattered about the inner courtyard lay relics of a winemaking past..pieces of equipment that in and of themselves looked like majestic works of art and design.
As we finished our tasting and tour of Anoro, Frederico demonstrated the traditional equipment and method for corking wine bottles with this beautiful contraption located just outside the Añoro offices.
Next stop: A delicious lunch, great company, and the beautiful wines of Mapema!