Argentinian producer Zuccardi has opened a new winery that it says is designed to reflect the surrounding landscape and has a variety of new facilities.

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Argentinian producer Familia Zuccardi has opened a new winemaking facility designed to bring the best out of the Valle de Uco sub-region of Mendoza.

The Zuccardi Valle de Uco winery, located in the Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley, opened last week – the culmination of seven years of research and three years of building work.

The winery has a capacity of 970,000 litres, using concrete vats for aging wine, as well as barrels and foudres, and will produce a range of wines from the Zuccardi estate, including Zuccardi Q, Tito Zuccardi, Emma Zuccardi, Zuccardi Concreto, Zuccardi Zeta, Polígonos del Valle de Uco, Zuccardi Aluvional and Zuccardi Finca.

‘The concept of the grand winery is to produce wines from the local terroir, where focus is put on the region and essence of the wine in different zones throughout the Uco Valley, such as the composition of the soil and different agronomic subleties,’ said Sebastian Zuccardi.

The winery was built using materials sourced from the estate and the nearby Tunuyan River, with the walls designed to reflect the curvature of the mountains.

There is a research and development area designed to improve wine quality, and allowing Zuccardi winemakers to research new winegrowing areas and non-native grape varieties. Irrigation and water management will also be investigated.

The winery will also have a visitor centre, Piedra Infinita Cocina, which will showcase the views of the vineyards and mountains.