Chakana

+54 261 479 0125 Ruta Prov. Nº15, km. 34
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza,,
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Argentinian telecommunications professional Juan Pelizzatti always had a passion for wine. When the country’s economic crisis hit its peak in 2001, with nothing to lose, he decided to take his family savings and continue the winemaking legacy started with his Italian grandfather. He walked the province of Mendoza in search of suitable land to cultivate, and found 150 ha of it in Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo. A few old Malbec vines were still alive, and so he sustained these as well as planted new ones, thus founding Chakana. The name means “Southern Cross” and signifies the bridge between Mother Earth and the spiritual world in ancient Incan culture. Vines are planted at a nearly exact 45 degree North-West axis, which not only has spiritual significance in Incan culture, but ensures grapes aren’t hit with direct sun exposure at the hottest part of the day, around 3pm. With careful attention to detail like this, grapes are given the chance to achieve optimal flavor balance and structure Read more »

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  • Bonarda

    History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s ...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Chakana Estate Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza 2013

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    unreal for the price.... needs a few years toreach peak, but just incredibly huge and long-lasting now (2012 vintage) Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • I'm finding that I've stopped drinking - and therefore buying - the ... also laying down cases of Chakana Malbec, Los Vascos Grande Reserve and almost anything worthwhile that I can find from Toro and Montsant.And the joy of it is that most of these will only need a couple of years - 5 at most - in the cellar before I can drink them ... and I'... Read More

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  • I just checked my inventory--updating after purchasing some Myriad Syrah (thanks, OT!) and putting in the Jemrose Syrahs I bought a month ago (thanks again, OT!) and it is now official:  I have more Syrah than Cab on hand and quite a bit pending delivery.  (Um, thanks OT? Love the wines but the space is getting a little tight...)So it seemed lik... Read More

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  • Chakana Winery 'Estate' Red 2012

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    Soft Initially then the tanins open. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by ceitruadh


  • Chakana Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by lobcock


  • Chakana Malbec 2011

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    Had this at a tasting party last night. Probably the favorite of the group. Very nice aromas of fruit and vanilla. Nice tannins. Read More

    Wine review by judgelog


  • Chakana Ayni Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Chakana Ayni Malbec 2009

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    Wine review by nophorie


  • Chakana Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Ever stick your nose in a glass only to be confronted with rich tomato sauce - the kind some folks call gravy - with hints of seafood? Frutti di mare in a glass, anyone? These uncanny aromas continue, if modestly, in the mouth, where those tomatoes turn into sweet jam and the nautical note just lingers. You can guess the food pairings already fo... Read More

    Wine review by Argovino


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