Lunita’s grapes are completely de-stemmed andplaced in small round cement vats. Because the local soils have a large component of clay, this wine is made by infusion and fermented on indigenous yeasts at temperatures that do not exceed 74 degrees Fahrenheit. It is fermented more by a process of infusion than one of extraction. The wine is then aged in its own lees in used French barrels and bottled without filtration.
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The property’s situation in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15. 5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the river’s banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level. The valley is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who observed the abundant snow melt flowing from the Andes and created an oasis in the middle of the desert.