Zuccardi Apelacion Chardonnay is white wine made from grapes sourced from Tupungato in Argentina’s Uco Valley. It is part of Zuccardi’s “Vinos de Origen” range, a range of wine express Argentina’s most representative grape varieties by recognising the best growing regions specific to each, and selecting top vineyards sites along the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Zuccardi Wines was founded by Alberto “Tito” Zuccardi. Zuccardi was an engineer who had arrived in Mendoza from the Tucuman province of north western Argentina where his Italian grandparents had settled. Zuccardi was primarily working on irrigations systems which are very important in a region with minimal rainfall. In order to demonstrate his irrigation system he planted a vineyard in Maipu in 1963. This was to be the Zuccardi family’s entry into the world of wine. Constuction of their first winery began in 1968. Zuccardi was followed into the business by his son, Jose, in 1976 and Jose’s son, Sebastian, who is now the Zuccardi winemaker, joined the family business in 2002.
Zuccardi is based in the Valle de Uco and new winery was completed in Paraje Altamira in 2013. In 2019 Sebastian was voted one of South America’s most exciting winemakers by Decanter Magazine and Zuccardi Valle de Uco voted “The World’s Best Vineyard”. The Valle de Uco is located at the foot of the Andes and runs north to south along the western edge of the Mendoza wine-growing region. Zuccardi have several vineyard locations comprising some 800 hectares. As well as vineyards at the wine in Paraje Altamira, there are also vineyards in La Consulta, Vista Flores, Santa Rosa and Maipu. 35% of their vineyards have organic certification and the others are all sustainably managed.
The grapes for the Zuccardi Apelacion Tupungato Chardonnay are sourced from selected high altitude vineyard in Tupungato, 1250 metres above sea level. Handcrafted by Sebastian Zuccardi, 100% Chardonnay grapes were direct pressed. They wine is fermented in concrete and used oak barrels with indigenous yeasts. Aging “sur lie” without malolactic fermentation. A great year in the Uco Valley – good yields and great quality fruit produced excellent wines.
Zuccardi Apelacion Tupungato Chardonnay is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.