Bodegas Terrazas de los Andes
At the end of the 1950's, the famous French Champagne house, Moet & Chandon (LVMH group, Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton), realised there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. Therefore they decided to send their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to these far away lands to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier, having experimented in Peru, Chile, Brazil and various other regions in Argentina, finally proved that Lujen de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moet & Chandon outside France. In the past, Chandon Argentina made only sparkling and generic still wines, however at the beginning of the '90's fuelled by a political system more orientated towards an international market, a varietal wines project was born, to which Terrazas has now become the reality. Situated in Perdriel (Lujn de Cuyo, Mendoza), there is an old Spanish style winery that was used by Pedro Domecq to create his brandy. Renaud Poirier asked Domecq if he could use his equipment to make the first experimental vintages, between 1957 and 1959. Thirty years later Terrazas de los Andes was born, a tributary of Chandon Argentina dedicated exclusively to the production of varietal wines. To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordon del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range). Our idea was to maintain the spirit and essence of the old building whilst preserving various original elements for daily use. Remodelled from the original foundations, the brick structure now houses modern technology. The impressive stainless steel tanks contrast with the austerity of the brick walls and the warmth of the oak barrels, all of which highlight the beauty and splendour of the old building. The Terrazas de los Andes winery embodies the perfect synthesis between the needs of the present and the conservation of a hundred years of tradition. Terrazas de los Andes also forms a part of a large project that was put into action by Moet Hennessy in 1997: the objective being to inspire all the wineries owned by the company outside France into expansion beyond their domestic markets. The Chandon wineries of Argentina (including Terrazas de los Andes), Australia, Brazil, California and Spain form the group known as Chandon Estates. Together we entertain a multi-national clientele.