Hand of God

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Hand of God - Mano de Dios - was born of a friendship rekindled and a shared love for a country brimming with beauty and unparalleled cultural riches. Privileged with rustic and diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts steep mountains, lush vegetation, extreme deserts, sparkling glaciers, and flowing waterfalls. Our wines are meant to evoke this sense of place: the mystery, magic, history, the earth and the sun - an incredible terroir you can taste on your tongue, and feel in your heart. Mano de Dios was also an unforgettable moment in Argentine history with their 1986 World Cup win, a moment collected and shared in friendships, family, romance and, most certainly, wine.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Seattle, Washington. All the wines come from Argentina. we do Wine dinners in Seattle and San Francisco.


  • Creating Unforgettable Moments. Mobile tasting available and private events.

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Average Bottle Price

$ $35.00



Santiago Achával is the co-founder and winemaker for Hand of God Wines. Santiago fell in love with wines and winemaking during frequent visits to Napa Valley while earning his MBA from Stanford. Achával-Ferrer, his winery in Mendoza, boasts four of the five highest rated wines from Argentina (two 99’s and three 98’s), as awarded by Wine Spectator, and the highest rated Argentine wine to date by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.

The Team


A native cornhusker (Nebraskan), Jon Staenberg is the founder of Hand of God Wines. Twenty-six years ago, Jon visited the Napa Valley and like Santiago, he became smitten with wine. This passion extended to Malbec and Argentine culture during a trip to South America in 2005. Jon and Santiago, alums of Stanford Business School, discovered a bond through wine, and a partnership was born. Jon’s life revolves around his daughter, food, wine and the endless inspiration from each that he zealously loves to share with friends. He divides his time between Seattle, San Francisco and Mendoza, Argentina.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Real estate agents say location is everything. Vignerons say the same thing. Our two estate properties, Sobremesa Vineyard and Stolen Horse Vineyard, are located 62 miles apart from each other in the Uco Valley. The vineyards are part of the Maipú region within the world-reknowned Mendoza appellation of Argentina. Mendoza is responsible for nearly 70% of Argentina’s wine grape production. The country's main varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and most famously, Malbec with smaller amounts of Merlot, Torrontes and others. The climate is desert-like, caused by dry winds sweeping down from the Andes mountains into the valley. The region is uniquely known for having vineyards planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world; on average, vines are planted between 1,970-3,610 feet above sea level.

All of the fruit used for our Argentine wines are from our Sobremesa Vineyard and Stolen Horse Vineyard. We grow nine varietals: Sobremesa Vineyard is planted with Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Sauvignon Blanc, and the Stolen Horse Vineyard is planted with old vine Malbec. As of 2010, over 16,000 vineyards were registered in Mendoza with 381,071 acres (154,214 hectares) planted. Argentina as a whole is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.


Sobremesa Vineyard, established in 2007, is positioned 3,445 feet above sea level in the shadows of the tree-barren Andes range. Sobremesa Vineyard is chock full of deep gravel beds, mixed with smaller fractions of clay, lime, sand and rocks with good structure and perfect water drainage.

Our estate vineyard was first planted with the following varietals:

Malbec, 15.1 acres
Merlot, 11.22 acres
Cabernet Franc, 11.43 acres
Viognier, 5 acres
Roussanne, 2 acres
Marsanne, 2 acres
Sauvignon Blanc, 1 acre

Another 4.25 acres (1.7 hectares) is scheduled for planting in 2013 - 2014. In addition, we also have 6.75 acres (2.7 hectares) of Syrah planted next to Sobremesa Vineyard, yet to be named.

We utilize modified vertical-shoot positioned trellising in our vineyards and shoot-thin to achieve perfect fruit to shoot ratio, resulting in approximately 1.8 tons to the acre.


Located in the Cruz de Piedra area of the Maipú region, Stolen Horse Vineyard was planted in 1922 with 8 acres (3.2 hectares) of old vine Malbec. Its elevation is 2,887 ft.

Its topography consists of topsoil mixed with fine fractions of clay, lime & sand brought in with the irrigation water during the last 80 years, over deep gravel beds. Large rocks that were originally part of the vineyard were removed because their heat retention during the day were not needed. The vineyard is still furrow-irrigated and plowed by horse, just the way it was 90 years ago.

Stolen Horse produces very focused fruit, which is achieved with its old age. The fruiting zone is lower in Stolen Horse Vineyard compared to vineyard sites in Washington State, mostly for practical and physical purposes.

Stolen Horse Vineyard does not naturally produce prolific grapes, but winemaker Santiago Achával still ensures to thin the shoots to maximize sunlight and exposure per leaf to maximize the flavor profile in the berries, and to achieve perfect fruit to shoot ratio, resulting in approximately 1.2 tons to the acre.


Winemaker, Santiago Achaval boasts four of the five highest rated wines from Argentina (two 99’s and three 98’s), Wine Spectator, and the highest rated Argentine wine to date by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.


Red Blend Deal

Red Blend Deal

$ 90 |  $ 75

Valid Until July 01, 2019

1 MB3 Fingerprint Series Red Blend & 1 UB2 Fingerprint Series Red Blend.

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We do private and mobile tastings upon request. We also plan wine dinners, public and private events, corporate tastings and many many wine events throughout the Pacific Northwest and California.


308 9th Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
United States

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