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[The Vines of Mendoza] is a wine enterprise that sells private vineyard estates in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina, and rarely available Argentine wines through their tasting room, wine bar, online store and wine clubs. The company was founded in 2005.[1]


Private Vineyard Estates

A private vineyard estate is a portion of a vineyard that is available for sale. The Vines of Mendoza’s private vineyard estates are investment opportunities for individuals desiring to produce wine for their own pleasure and consumption or for resale. Properties cost $55,000 per acre, compared to $250,000 + per acre in the Napa Valley, and quality is often compared to the Loire Valley and Bordeaux.[2]

The investor purchases a private vineyard estate of at least 3 or up to 18 acres. The owner is then sent a case of 8 unlabeled, numbered bottles of wine from neighboring vineyards to get a sense of the terroir and to [[determine which varietals they prefer. Following this blind tasting, The Vines of Mendoza discusses the appropriate]] grapes for planting with the purchaser, and the wine production process begins following, with the investor involved in the winemaking process as much or as little as they prefer. Owners can work side-by-side with notable Argentine winemaker Santiago Achával to learn the winemaking process from soil selection to planting, fermentation and bottling. Owners produce 2,000-4,000 bottles per acreper year.[3]

Varietals in production include

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec – Over 50% of production
Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc

The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room

The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room provides wines from 90 different local Argentina wineries in one location. This includes notable wine producers from the region including Carmelo Patti, Gimenez Riili and Walter Bressia. Achaval-Ferrer and Catena Zapata wines are available in the Reserve Room. It located at Espejo 567, and open Monday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.[4]

The Vines Wine Bar & Vinoteca at Park Hyatt

Located in the Park Hyatt in the center of Mendoza, The Vines Wine Bar & Vinoteca offers seasonal wines by the glass, and a collection of Argentina’s 100 best wines for purchase to carry or ship home. It is located at Chile 1124 and open Monday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.[5]

Acequia Wine Club & The Vines Online Wine Shop

The Acequia Wine Club ships Argentine wine to members throughout the United States and Europe four times a year. The wine club ships Argentine wines that are largely unavailable in the United States, Canada and Europe. After joining the wine club, six bottles of boutique wines ship four times per year. The Vines Online Wine Shop distributes 80 Argentine wines throughout the United States and Europe.


Michael Evans, CEO & Co-Founder

Prior to establishing The Vines of Mendoza, Michael Evans worked on the John Kerry presidential campaign, was COO of the Rock The Vote campaign, and Executive Director of CTIA's Wireless Foundation.

Pablo Gimenez Riili, Co-Founder

Pablo Gimenez Riili, born and raised in Mendoza Argentina, has spent much of his life involved in wine production. After starting his career in law and real estate, he opened the Gimenez Riili winery with three of his brothers. In 2005, Riili, with Evans and investors, purchased 650 acres of land in the Uco Valley to create The Vines of Mendoza.[6]

Santiago Achaval, Consulting Winemaker

Santiago Achával pursued winemaking following frequent visits to the Napa Valley while receiving his MBA from Stanford University. Achaval-Ferrer, his winery in Mendoza, maintains four of the five highest rated wines in Argentine history, as judged by Wine Spectator, and the highest rated Argentine wine to date according to Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate.

Achával received 98 points for his 2004 Finca Altamira Malbec and 97 points for his 2004 Finca Bellavista Malbec from Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. Three of the wines from Achaval-Ferrer, scored over 96 points. Achával-Ferrer’s Finca Altamira 2006 ranked 64th on 'Wine Enthusiast's' list of top wines in 2008.

See also:

Agriculture in Argentina
Argentine wine
Blind tasting
Economy of Argentina
Grape varieties Outline of wine
List of wine-producing countries List of wine-producing regions
New World wine
Mendoza Province
Mendoza wine
Uco Valley
Wine and health
Wine tasting


  1. ^ Forbes 2010.
  2. ^ Budget Travel. February 2009
  3. ^ Forbes. March 2010.
  4. ^ Budget Travel. February 2009.
  5. ^ Budget Travel. February 2009.
  6. ^ Forbes, March 2010

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