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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Bonarda

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Argentina is a key player on the 21st century wine scene. Hands down, the ... ... Orchid name. ChardonnayChakana Estate Selection Chardonnay Uco Valley 2018Fresh green apple and lemon balm aromas with a grassy green note and some tart citrus. Cool and juicy on the palate with lemon, soft melon and green apple fruit, some creaminess and a mediu... Read More

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  • Nuna Syrah Lujan de Cuyo 2015

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    Dusty, dry and brooding earth and smoke aromas with black cherry and blackberry fruit notes. Tart sweet spice flavors of black cherry and blackberry on the palate with puckering acidity and drying tannins sucking all of the liquid out of the mouth on the finish, leaving behind only hot spice and candied licorice and cola notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nuna Field White Lujan de Cuyo 2016

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    Light honey and white blossom aromas with some green apple. A bit emollient in the mouth, some oak profile with tart citrus, a bit of peach and green apple and a finish of toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Uco Valley 2015

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    Chalky cherry and milk chocolate aromas with raspberry cream and floral notes. Nice complexity on the palate, assertive and fruity on entry and throughout with bright cherry and plum notes, tart cranberry and puckering acidity on the mid palate with a streak of tannins and earth on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay Uco Valley 2016

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    Fresh green apple and lemon balm aromas with a grassy green note and some tart citrus. Cool and juicy on the palate with lemon, soft melon and green apple fruit, some creaminess and a medium texture in the mouth. Turns a bit warmer on the finish, releasing some pleasant peach notes and a bit of oak spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    Well built and a perfect foil to steak. Large darkberry fruit than smooth and easy to drink. A small nuance of chocolate, oak teaming with framing tannins and acidity. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • 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


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