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Experience – Clos de Los Siete Monteviejo – Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina.

Built in 2001, Bodega Monteviejo was the first winery in the Clos de los Siete estate. Internationally recognized winemaker Michel Rolland invited an esteemed collection of French vignerons to begin a wine adventure in Mendoza, and Clos de los Siete is the result. Rolland invited Catherine Péré Vergé, owner of Château Le Gay in Bordeaux, to be part of the Clos and she was the tireless head of Monteviejo until she passed away in 2013.

The winery is partially covered by a sloping vineyard garden, with the other half opening out into a sculpture courtyard with a sweeping view of the Andes mountains. All of the winemaking activity takes place in the center of the winery and around the outside corridors, there are beautiful sculptures and a rotating art exhibition which adds extra interest during a visit. Monteviejo also houses a restaurant, which sits at the top of the winery with stunning views over the majestic Andes.

Monteviejo focuses on Argentina’s most emblematic varieties: Malbec, Chardonnay, Torrontés and rich Bordeaux-style blends. The fruit comes from their Vista Flores property and is concentrated and aromatic, complimented by the traditional winemaking methods using manual selection, small lot fermentation, microvinification and barrel aging. The four lines comprise: Festivo, Petit Fleur, Lindaflor and La Violeta. The complete line of varieties includes: Torrontés, Malbec, Chardonnay, Red Blend (Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon).

Every summer the winery holds a special wine and music event called Monteviejo Wine Rock, first organized by Pelleriti to invite locals and tourists to enjoy two of his favorite passions – wine and rock and roll. Other Argentine winemakers and rock lovers join in on the concert and it attracts some of the best rock musicians in Argentina.

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