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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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Meet The Team

  • 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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