An Interview with Achaval-Ferrer's Eclio Dumon

Celebrating World Malbec Day


World Malbec Day, April 17th is considered to be the founding date of the modern Argentine wine industry. Celebrated around the world, though closely associated with Argentina, World Malbec Day is a celebration of all things Malbec and we were very happy to welcome Eclio Dumon, leading Argentine producer Achaval-Ferrer's North American Brand Ambassador into our studio to discuss Malbec.
Who out there can say that they haven't yet tried Malbec? Its swift rise in popularity is due to the unique conditions of the Argentine vineyards; dry, sunny, and warm. While Malbec is a recent addition to many consumers' wine repertoires, it's a historic variety for Argentina, and one well worth exploring. Listen in as Eclio and I discuss why. 

Hail and History

The recent harvest in Argentina continues a streak of successes that is typical of the Mendoza region. Once again we hear about the hail that is the most important threat to the vineyards in Mendoza, and then listen in as Eclio describes how the winemaking team at Achaval-Ferrer, Santiago Achaval and Roberto Cipresso, capture the essence of the historic Italian immigrants that founded the Argentine wine industry in every bottle.


Tasting Quimera with Eclio, who relates the basic idea behind this blended wine, and how it was crafted to reflect the history of Malbec, as well as the role it plays today both in the Argentine wine industry and in the world marketplace. Surprisingly Quimera is a 'hot blend". A term new to me!


Mendoza has a distinctly continental climate, and poor soils that force the vines to struggle a bit. That struggle creates elegant and balanced wines that clearly display their origins. Achaval-Ferrer is fortunate to have access to three unique old-vine vineyards, each with a distinct personality due to their differing soil types and altitudes. All three wines are produced using identical techniques so they serve as a great way to learn how Malbec is affected by its terroir. 


Mendoza is one of the most famous regions for the production of Malbec, but the grape is widely planted throughout the country. Salta is an up and coming region, with high altitude vineyards that benefit from an abundance of sunlight producing an alternate expression of Malbec. The breadth of terriors available to winemakers is illustrated by the differences between Salta in the far north of the country and Patagonia in the far south.


While we celebrate World Malbec Day only once a year, Malbec is a great wine to keep in mind for every day. Eclio recommends a steak, quickly grilled, as the perfect accompaniment to your Malbec! We hope you were able to join the celebration of Malbec during World Malbec Day 2013, and whether you were able to or missed out, remember that you can celebrate every day with your favorite Malbec.

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