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ENRIQUE FOSTER - Argentina

In the center of the world's premier location for Malbec - Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, we have built a state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery surrounded by 90-year old vines.

Our objective is nothing less than to produce the best Malbec in Argentina - which is to say the best in the world. No expense has been spared, from the latest vineyard management to the stainless steel equipment and the new French and American oak barrels in the underground cellars.

At each stage of winemaking, cranes and a multi-level freight elevator combine to move the wine without pumping, thus avoiding its detrimental effects on wine.

LOCATION

At present, we have two Malbec vineyards located in what is generally acknowledged to be the world's best terrain for the Malbec grape, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. Our vineyards sit at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level on the eastern flank of the Andes, with hot days, cold nights and little rain. The first vineyard, in Carrodilla, where we have built our winery, consists of 30 acres of ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1919 and the second, in Las Compuertas, has 20 acres of less venerable vines planted in 1966. In 2010 we acquired an additional 60 acres of Malbec vines planted in 1939 in Medrano, a traditional source of fine grapes in Mendoza.

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Estate Grown Old Vine Gravity Flow Malbec

JUST MALBEC...

MendozaVineyardIn the center of the world’s premier location for Malbec - Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, we have built a state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery surrounded by 80-year old vines.

Our objective is nothing less than to produce the best Malbec in Argentina which is to say the best in the world. No expense has been spared, from the latest vineyard management to the stainless steel equipment and the new French oak barrels in the underground cellars.

At each stage of winemaking, cranes and a multi-level freight elevator combine to move the wine without pumping, thus avoiding its detrimental effects on wine.

Ours is the first purpose-built winery in the world to produce only Malbec varietals by gravity flow. The ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vineyard we acquired in Lujan de Cuyo had no winery: the grapes were sold to local wineries. To produce the best Malbec possible by controlling each step of the wine-making process, we knew we would have to build our own winery.

gravity CIntrigued by the concept of gravity flow, we went to California to study several winery construction projects and became convinced that the extra cost of a gravity flow facility would be more than offset by the superior quality of the wine resulting from the elimination of pumping the wine from each stage to the next.

To achieve gravity flow on the flat terrain of central Mendoza, we built a moveable overhead I-beam crane which could lift the crushed grapes up and over the fermentation tanks, a deep cellar for the barrels, and a multi-stage freight elevator to raise the aged wine above the blending tanks and bottling equipment. In order to fit this equipment into the traditional Mendoza winery design of three equal naves, we raised the roof of the central nave, creating the profile of a church - entirely appropriate for the worship of the grape.

We ordered custom-designed French stainless steel fermentation tanks, selection tables, destemmer/crusher and press from Constructions Soudees du Coteau and Vaslin-Boucher.  No expense has been spared to ensure the highest quality wines.

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MAURICIO LORCA - Argentina

Bodega y Viñedos Mauricio Lorca was created by the distinguished winemaker Mauricio Lorca in order to realize the enormous potential of Argentine wines. Mauricio met the challenge to make great wine by respecting the location of the vineyards, planting in a high-density format and emphasizing the great terroirs of Argentina.

The resulting wines have a unique character with great personality.

A milestone in Argentina and in the world of winemaking was the introduction of “Lorca Opalo” , a top-quality line of completely unoaked wines.

At present, export sales are growing rapidly and Lorca wines are available around the world: Canada, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Romania, Bahrain and Dubai. Starting in 2011, the complete gamut of Lorca wines have been sold in the principal markets of China: Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou.

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Mauricio Lorca has clearly differentiated his various lines according to the vineyard source and the sophistication of the wines.

Lorca Fantasia

  • Young, fresh varietals for everyday drinking.

Lorca Poetico

  • Classic wines made in traditional fashion from the best Argentine terroirs with careful ageing in oak.

Gran Lorca Poetico

  • The ideal line to appreciate the style of the winemaker: great flavor and perfect elegance.

Lorca Opalo

  • Varietals which demonstrate how careful vineyard management alone can produce complex and powerful wine without the need of ageing in oak.

Gran Lorca Opalo

  • A blend of the best unoaked varietals resulting in wines of great character.

Lorca Inspirado

  • Mauricio’s masterpiece- a great wine representing a winemaker’s inspiration which will astonish you with its elegant and balanced taste.

For various markets, the winery has developed exclusive brands such as “Tematico” and “Lirico”.

The combination of a dedicated work force in the vineyards and the winery, a careful selection of the best Argentine terroirs, a patient effort to achieve the best quality in all aspects of production – all create the foundation for continuing growth of Bodega y Viñeedos Mauricio Lorca.

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Mauricio Lorca, Chief Winemaker

Mauricio Lorca,
Chief Winemaker

“When you dive into the deep end of a country’s wines and taste comprehensively from A to Z, you quickly ascertain trends and styles, the convergence of techniques that can render wines rather predictable and, occasionally, formulaic. Therefore, when a winemaker breaks from the norm and furrows their own path, it tends to stick out like a sore thumb, and that is exactly what happened when tasted Enrique Foster’s winemaker, Mauricio Lorca’s personal range of wines.

Here was a winemaker patently questioning the modus operandi, not looking over the boundary to mimic what others are doing, but practicing what he sees fit – unafraid to take risks. The results speak for themselves – these are individual, characterful, delicious wines that express their terroirs with clarity and style. I am not saying they are perfect and not all of them are fault free. But they are simply wines you want to drink – and then recharge your glass.”  - The Wine Advocate, October 2012