Since the release of the inaugural 1999 vintage of Cobos Malbec, which is recognized for receiving the highest score to date for any Argentine wine, Viña Cobos has developed an expansive portfolio of ultra-premium wines that continues to grow today. Founders Andrea Marchiori, Luis Barraud and Paul Hobbs established this winery with the shared vision of producing an exquisite selection of Argentine wine that would receive international recognition and appreciation. Paul’s first exposure to Argentina sparked an immediate interest and intrigue – one that fueled his desire to delve further into its rich culture and explore the varietal growing potential of its terroir. This, combined with Andrea and Luis’ Mendozan roots and viticulture heritage, allowed for all three of them to not only achieve their dreams, but exceed them. With the four vineyards of Zingaretti, Rebon, Touza and Marchiori scattered throughout Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Viña Cobos boasts decades of prosperity and hints at a similar future – a direct product of the founders’ ceaseless and careful commitment to the winery and consumer’s experience.
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Paul met Argentina in 1989 and was immediately intrigued by the terroir and cultural tradition of the country, he found a unique potential for Malbec and other varietals.
Andrea and Luis, both mendocinos with a strong family tradition linked to the wine industry, traveled to California in 1997 to perfect their work as winemakers. There they met Paul, who shared the vision to develop ultra premium wines in Argentina.
Viña Cobos, takes its name from Cobos street on which there is a very special vineyard, the Marchiori vineyard .
Cobos and Bramare were the first wines of the new winery. Originating in special plots within Marchiori. These two labels have shown, from the beginning, the high quality that can be achieved in Argentine wines, with a winemakers commitment to a rigorous work from the vineyard to the bottle.
Since then, Viña Cobos wines have been recognized by prestigious international media outlets. Currently the winery has expanded its portfolio with labels that are the result of long and patient efforts in exploring specific terroirs and plots of Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley in Mendoza.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
High River Mendoza
This includes the municipalities of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipú, as well as some districts of Guaymallén, Las Heras and Godoy Cruz. It is more than 25,000 hectares irrigated by the Mendoza River. The route of the river highly impacts this area, as it influences the formation of soil and establishes highly productive areas.
This provides outstanding terrior for the wine industry such as Agrelo, Stone Cross, The Gates, Lunlunta, Perdriel, Vistalba Ugarteche or districts. The altitude in this area varies between 800 and 1100 meters, it has a cool temperate climate-allowing optimum weather for the ripening of the grapes. The soil is formed with fine sediments of alluvial origin, the sandy subsoil has clayey silt sediments.
Valle de Uco
This valley surprises with its magnificent scenery and prime location at the foot of the Andes; it is watered by the Tunuyán River and other tributaries, this mountain valley is a true oasis.
It includes the municipalities of Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos, which highlights the Altamira, El Peral, Gualtallary, La Consulta, Villa Bastías or Villa Seca districts. The altitude varies between 900 and 1400 meters. The winters are harsh an the average temperature is generally lower than in the center of the province. The soils are of alluvial origin, with a great presence of stones of various sizes.