From the outset, the friends’ ambition was decisive and bold; they would make a world-class wine in Argentina, in high altitude Mendoza. In terms of customer satisfaction and Press recognition, they have achieved this in spades. The original group inspired today’s young Pretenders, a young talented team which is as passionate about the Achaval wines as the founders. The wines’ potential is set in the vineyard but tender aftercare helps. An exciting improvement therefore is the transformation from what was essentially a large hut to a magnificent state of the art winery – all in pursuit of improving quality.
More important, the fundamental principles of Achaval-Ferrer remain essentially unchanged. They are perhaps even stronger, exerted with renewed confidence. The wines of Achaval Ferrer will continue to come from the same excruciatingly low-yielding, high altitude sites and from ancient, un-grafted vines. The goals are to achieve absolute quality, create a very pure expression of Malbec, and ensure vibrancy and freshness across all of the wines.