In 2005, Andrej Razumovsky, his cousin Andre Hoffmann and friend Jeremie Delecourt, three European ex-pats living in Mendoza planted their first vines and founded Alpamanta Estate. The 35 hectares of virgin land in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza have been certified bio-dynamic and organic since establishment. The vineyard that sprung forth buzzes with life: insects hum day and night, and the long grass is kept down by the many animals that roam the property. The clay soil is dominated by alluvial deposits, typical for Ugarteche, the sub-region where they are based. Winemaking is led by Italian consultant Giuseppe Franceschini whose international perspective steers the wines in a very contemporary direction.
Young wines (Natal) are effectively natural wines with whites and reds made in a fresh crunchy style with no oak and no additions other than sulphur. The Estate wines see longer time in oak and extensive aging before release. Andrej’s Austrian heritage has allowed him to form a relationship with Stockinger, whose large format (1500L & 2000L) tight grain oak brings reals charm to the whites.