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Uco Valley winery O Fournier sold

After eight months of negotiation, O Fournier winery in Argentina has been sold to the Agostino family for an undisclosed amount.

O Fournier sale: Uco Valley winery changes hands

The distinctive O Fournier winery in Mendoza’s Uco Valley was the brainchild of former-banker José Manuel Ortega who also owns wineries in Chile and Spain.

Ortega purchased 263 hectares in the early 2000s and reportedly invested over €20 million on the state-of-the-art winery and vineyards to produce labels including Alpha Crux, B Crux and Urban Uco.

The vineyards and winery, with a capacity of 1.2 million litres, were purchased by the Agostino family in early March 2018 following a long period of negotiation.  The deal will almost double the family’s total vineyard property.

The Argentine-Canadian family of four brothers – Vincenzo, Rosalía, Sebastian and Miguel Agostino – have been producing wine in Mendoza since 2005 in their Maipu winery, Finca Agostino.

See also: Decanter’s travel guide for Uco Valley

Finca Agostino (which has a 3 million litre capacity) is adjacent to the four brothers’ 205-hectare vineyard estate in Barrancas.

The family also owns 50 hectares of vineyards in La Consulta, in addition to the newly acquired estate.

O Fournier’s long-serving winemaker José Spisso will continue to manage the O Fournier vineyards and wine production for the new owners, and the Wine Partners property investment scheme (launched by O Fournier in 2012) is set to continue.

The purchase did not include O Fournier’s estates in Maule, Chile, or in Ribera del Duero, Spain.

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