The Villafañe family has been in the wine business for almost 400 years. In 1611 Don Manuell Villafañe came to Argentina from Spain as a soldier to fight against the English pirates who attacked Spanish ships. Later he settled in South America as a farmer, and became a pioneer of winemaking in Argentina for being one of the first people to plant vines on that land. The objective at that time was to provide wine for the priests of the church and much later for the settlers, who came to the ‘New World’ to take advantage of the new opportunities.
The Don Manuel Villafañe winery was re-developed in the legacy of Don Manuel Villafane to deliver high quality wines to the world market. Don Manuel Villafañe winery is currently sending wines to 7 different countries, as well as to the domestic market in Argentina.
'There must always be good wine and fellowship or we are truly lost.'
The company has planted 80 hectares of vineyards around the winery, with varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is located on the bed of a prehistoric river, product of melting mountain ice. The soil is extremely rocky, composed of rocks eroded by water. Being in such stony ground, the winery's production is very small, oscilating between 5000 to 7500kgs per hectare.
Harvesting is done by hand, in small cases of 16 kgs, at dawn, so that the grapes come into a cool winery.
IV Century 2010: a blend of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, recently awarded a bronze medal in Decanter magazine, England.
2011 Grand Reserve: blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, recently awarded with 92 pts in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, USA. It also has a silver medal IWSC , England.
The premium wines have gone through 18 months of aging in first use French oak barrels (225 liters).
Reserves: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 months of aging in french barrels.
News: The winery is about to launch two new wines into the market. A great Malbec, harvest of 2011 and a Cabernet Franc Reserve, harvest of 2014.