SOPHENIA Wines are born at Gualtallary, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level. This is a privileged Terroir for the elaboration of complex and concentrated wines balanced with freshness and elegance.
The winery is located in “Tupungato” (meaning Balcony to the Stars in Huarpe language), Mendoza, being a pioneer in the region.
Its founder, Roberto Luka, with extensive experience in the wine business, rediscovered the area buying 130 hectares of land in 1997 which were planted immediately, venturing into a wild, inhospitable and uninhabited land, without much background for viticulture. According to Roberto Luka… “It had never been cultivated for at least the last billion years”…
Today the small region “high Tupungato” is considered by international experts among the best wine areas in the world. It is an ideal microclimate for the slow ripening of fruits, with a sharp contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures and mineral and permeable soils.
“I had to create everything from scratch. Make a vineyard where there was nothing, a brand that did not exist, promote wine in remote parts of the world, I had never seen,” says Roberto Luka.
“One of my greatest satisfactions is to drink one of my wines in the best restaurants or hotels in the world such as London, Hong Kong, Stockholm … and remember the beginning, clearing land, planting the vineyard … The route taken since I bought the first wild lands at the foot of the mountains until today fills me with pleasure and pride,” he continues.
Finca SOPHENIA‘s work philosophy only admits “quality, commitment, and excellence”. Its products are made only with grapes from the estate, planted at the elevations: 1200 meters above sea level.
“In SOPHENIA, each harvest must be better than the previous one, consumers demand it. Everything we do in the winery is focused on them. We are always thinking and working to satisfy them,” says Roberto Luka.
The constant improvement in the quality of the wines is supported daily by their presence in the letters of exclusive hotels, restaurants and wine bars of major cosmopolitan cities, the successful sale of its products to more than 25 countries as well as high scores in tastings of prestigious critics and publications in journals of global influence, see them here.
Finca SOPHENIA surpasses consumer’s expectations with their iconic wines; SOPHENIA (named after the founders’ daughters Sophia and Eugenia), their premium line SOPHENIA Synthesis, and ALTOSUR comprising of the finest young varietals.
All wines share the essence of the Terroir of Gualtallary, Tupungato, offering vibrant colors, complex and intense aromas with featured citric and mineral aromas in the whites, and floral and spicy notes in the reds, balanced with lively natural acidity giving complex, fresh and elegant wines.
In 2008 SOPHENIA Synthesis The Blend 2008 was awarded with the International Trophy in the Decanter Wine Awards as the best red blend from the world in its price category.
Written by Decanter