Zuccardi: producer profile

Its decision to look beyond its existing vineyards to the Uco Valley has transformed the Zuccardi wines, says Patricio Tapia. He explains how a winery founded to showcase irrigation systems has become one of Argentina’s best...

Zuccardi: A timeline

1950
Alberto Zuccardi arrives in Mendoza from his home province of Tucumán in northern Argentina

1963
Zuccardi plants a 16ha vineyard to demonstrate the efficiency of his irrigation system

1968
Construction of the Mendoza winery begins. Today it has a 20 million-litre capacity

1973
Planting of the second family vineyard in Santa Rosa begins; it now represents 40% of the Familia Zuccardi vineyards

1976
José Zuccardi, then 22, joins the company and starts in the agricultural department. Today he is president of Familia Zuccardi

1981
First wines bottled under the brand name Uvas del Sol. Prior to that the company had only made bulk wine

1992
First exports, destined for the UK

2002
Company starts buying grapes from producers in the Uco Valley. Sebastián Zuccardi, (far left), joins the company

2004
Planting starts on the finca in Vista Flores, the first of a series of Uco Valley vineyards

2013
Construction starts on the 600,000-litre capacity winery in Altamira, which will vinify the top Uco Valley wines

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