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A brief history

In 1995 Alberto Antonini, a well-known Tuscan winemaker, and Antonio Morescalchi, a young entrepreneur, took a trip to visit the burgeoning wine areas of South America. It only took one stop to find what they were looking for. They were immediately impressed by the vineyards thriving in the high altitude and dry climate of Mendoza and were captivated by the whispered traditions and blend of cultures.

They returned to Tuscany powerfully impressed not only by the region but also by the unexplored potential of Malbec, a grape that had a strong local tradition but was largely ignored and misunderstood. While the rest of the wine world saw Mendoza struggling to shed its bulk wine image, the two young Italians saw Mendoza as a place where traditional viticultural values and unblemished land could be reinvigorated with a modern winemaking approach and international experience. Instead of planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as many others were doing during the 1990s, the team decided to invest their confidence in Malbec. Today, Malbec is the varietal for which Argentina is best known.

Against all odds, they cemented their vision to become Terroir Specialists. Shortly after, two friends and business partners, also enthused by the idea, joined the venture: Attilio Pagli, a renowned Tuscan winemaker with two 100 point-scoring wines in his personal record, and Pedro Parra, one of five people in the world to hold a Terroir Ph.D., planting new varieties, developing previously unknown vineyard sites and contributing greatly to the qualitative change of Argentine viticulture early on.
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Established in 1995

La Legua s/n
Mendoza, Argentina


Meet The Winemakers

  • Attilio Pagli

    Attilio is one of Italy’s most respected winemakers and one of Altos’ most passionate. He studied at the Technical Agrarian Institute of Siena, Italy, at a time when winemaking was still considered a hands-on career. He had the fortune to work under Tuscan winemaking legend Giulio Gambelli, whom he considers his mentor. Attilio first arrived in Mendoza under instruction to create a Sangiovese similar to those he was known for in Italy, but quickly learned that Mendoza had no intention of being Tuscany. Instead, he fell in love with the old vines of Malbec. Although he has two 100 point wines in his personal record, he believes that the personality of terroir is what really inspires his commitment to winemaking.

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  • Alberto Antonini

    Alberto is one of the most recognized winemakers across the globe, and brings new ideas and an unparalleled palate to the Altos Las Hormigas team. His education includes a degree in Agricultural Studies from the University of Florence and Oenology degrees from the University of Bordeaux and the University of California - Davis. He was director of winemaking for the famed Antinori group, and has worked for many of the largest wine producers of the world. Having worked for almost all the mayor wineries in Argentina, Alberto is probably the most relevant contributor to modern Argentine winemaking.

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  • Federico Gambetta

    Federico at 32 can already boast professional experiences in France and the US, and an employment history that includes the most prestigious Mendoza wineries. Altos Las Hormigas is very lucky to have Federico as head of winemaking and we are all impressed with his interpretation of the role, starting with a deep knowledge of the vineyard.

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Altos Las Hormigas Wines

Featured Wines

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasAppellation Gualtallary

The true mountains' Malbec, with a full mid-palate; it represents the most extreme departure from the fruit bombs that some associate with the grape. This wine comes from a vineyard with its roots in communion with caliche (calcium carbonate conglomerate) which grants a special mineral salinity to this Gualtallary Malbec. Can power be elegant? Try this wine if the question is of your interest.

Altos Las Hormigas Reserve Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasReserve

Made with selected grapes from vineyards located in the highlands of the Uco Valley; the vines are rooted in limestone soils that grant this Malbec its mineral notes. A wine that you will better enjoy if you give it a moment of attention: deep and bright, powerful and delicate.

Altos Las Hormigas Terroir Uco Valley Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasTerroir Uco Valley

Coming from a careful selection of grapes from the oldest geological part of the Uco Valley, this Malbec is all about freshness from the altitude of the Andes. This mountain region is an amazing Terroir; early harvest and an appropriate soil unit selection are crucial to make it shine.

Altos Las Hormigas Blanco Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasBlanco

Altos Las Hormigas’ first white wine is a fresh blend of Semillon and Chenin Blanc, two traditional varieties from Mendoza’s Terroir. The elaboration process is inspired by old traditions, using stems and fermentation with skins, while aiming to achieve a clean and pure wine.

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Classico Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasMalbec Classico

Authenticity, we believe, means to make a wine that identifies who we are, a wine that we drink and enjoy. This Malbec unites fruit and freshness, unhinged by oak or big ripeness, with a touch of complexity and good articulation in the mouth; this is the true character of Altos Las Hormigas.

Altos Las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Brut Rosé Bottle Preview
Altos Las HormigasColonia Las Liebres Brut Rosé

Why a sparkling Rosé of Bonarda made with the traditional method and zero dosage? Because Bonarda in Valle de Uco makes a very fine wine - and more so on caliche limestone - and its tension is better appreciated with no dosage. Enjoy!!!!