We have found the best place to produce high quality wines in a unique, pollution-free environment, a noble land watered by the Atuel River ("lament" in mapudungún tongue), a river born out of the pure, transparent water from the melting snow of the Andes.
The area is composed of semi-arid prairies, high bushy and herbaceous steppes, and forests situated at 540 metres above sea level. The Atuel Canyon and the Biosphere Reserve of Ñacuñan surround the vineyards and winery. The biosphere protects approximately 12,600 hectares of native carob forests. It was declared as a Nature Conservation Area in 1961, joining the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (UNESCO) in 1986.
At Solandes, everything starts in the vinyard. Each plot and even each plant are treated individually and manually, using available technology to maximise quality.
All labours are part of a precision system: winter pruning establishes the setting of the future plant vigor, productivity, and fruit distribution in each plant; August presents the optimum time to begin winter and spring watering, ensuring a good start for the vegetative cycle; a manual labour known as crop thinning ensures that the energy is properly channelised towards the desired emerging sprouts, obtaining a balanced canopy; and summer watering and maintenance of the intense green color of the leaves indicates photosynthetic activity. In addition, measuring plant vigor is important to intensify homogeneity. As harvest gets closer, the ripening of the grapes is measured by tasting, determining the levels of sugar, acidity, anthocyanins and polyphenols.
Finally, grapes are harvested by hand in 18 kgs. baskets to protect the bunches and prevent posible ruptures or aggresive treatment on the way to the winery.
Coordinates: 34° 50' 20''S; 67° 56' 41.4''W
Altitude: 520 metres
Soil: Semi-arid upland grasslands. Alluvial soil with different texture from sandy to loam.
Climate: Semi-arid with wide temperature range.
Precipitation: 180 mm
Area: 32 hectares
System: High bilateral cordon trellis.
Framework for planting: 2.70 m x 1.40 m
Irrigation: Furrow, with water from River Atuel.
Type of harvest: Manual, in boxes of 18 kg., during March and April.
Organic agriculture is a form of agriculture that seeks to maximise the use of on-farm resources, putting emphasis on soil fertility and biological activity while reducing the use of non-renewable resources and excluding the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides in order to protect the environment and human health. Organic agriculture involves more than just farming without chemicals.
Main objectives of organic farming and food processing:
• To produce healthy and abundant food, preserving the environment and natural resources.
• To maintain and increase fertility and biological activity of soils using locally adapted cultural, biological and mechanical methods, backed by the observation of natural ecosystems and cycles, excluding the use of products resulting from chemical synthesis.
• To maintain and strengthen biodiversity and equilibrium of the earth through a sustainable production system and habitat protection.
In the late 2008s, the vineyard started the organic certification process. In November 2010, Solandes received organic certification of all its vineyards by the Organización Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA), a leader Argentinian certification company in agricultural products to International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) standards. The first fully certified vintage made with organic grapes was released in 2011.
In 2012, the Solandes winery became a certified processor of organic wines receiving the following certifications: Norma Orgánica Argentina/European Union+ifoam (NOA), National Organic Program (NOP) and Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS).
Click here to access the documentation that certifies our organic status.