Don Manuel Villafañe is a winery owned by Sr. Tomás Machado de Villafañe and his family. The winery is focused on the elaboration of grapes harvested from small, exclusive vineyards.
The winery honors the story of Don Manuel Villafañe, who came to Argentina from Spain as a soldier to fight against English pirates who attacked Spanish ships. He later settled in South America as a farmer, and became a pioneer of viticulture in Argentina by being one of the first to plant vines on that land. The goal at the time was to provide wine for the priests of the church and later for the settlers, who came to the 'New World' to take advantage of the new opportunities.
The Don Manuel Villafañe winery was developed in the year 2008 following 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, oscillating 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.