Domaine Bousquet

Domaine Bousquet

Back in 1990 when Frenchman, Jean Bousquet, arrived on holiday in Argentina, there wasn’t a vine in sight in the Gualtallary Valley in Mendoza, as it was deemed to be too cold for viticulture. Nor was there any water above ground, electricity or roads but in Bousquet’s mind, with the region’s sunshine hours and cool nights, he had found the ideal terroir in which to produce high quality wines from organically grown grapes. Today, the vineyards cover 240 hectares, primarily on shallow alluvial soils of sand over limestone. Rainfall is very low but with abundant water from the Andes, a drip irrigation system ensures the vines get just enough. Harvest takes place by hand and after destemming, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel and cement tanks with the Premium Varietal range being also aged in tank and the Reserve and Gran Bousquet ranges in French oak barrels.

Mendoza
Argentina

Domaine Bousquet is a family-owned winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Our wine is organic and vegan.

From the vine to the processing of the grapes to their focus on biodiversity and permaculture, their wine sets the standard for elegant, sustainable organic wine.

Domaine Bousquet is nestled in the mountain community of Tupungato. They pride themselves on hiring employees from their community because they believe that sustainability also means supporting the local economy. Ninety-five percent of their employees reside just six miles away.

They support the land their winery is located on by amplifying biodiversity and letting the natural environment around the farm thrive. They do not use chemicals and or overuse the water supply.

 

Viticulture

The estate consists of 240 hectares in Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley (Mendoza). The area has idyllic wine-growing conditions. The vineyard is situated in the Andes foothills at an altitude of 1200 meters/4000 feet above sea level. Due to its location, Domaine Bousquet’s vineyards benefits from a cool climate and constant fresh air. The vineyard was planted on virgin land by Jean Bousquet after its purchase in 1997. Once the vines reach their optimum ripeness, the grapes are picked by hand and gathered in small trays. Organic grapes have greater concentration thanks to lower yields. Thicker skins, developed by the grapes to protect against heat and cold, give us greater body, flavor, and aromatics. All these great attributes give the grapes the possibility to attain optimum maturation without having to use pesticides or other chemical products, hence allowing Domaine Bousquet to produce high quality and healthy organically-grown grapes, which are then transformed into high-quality organic wines.

Winemaking

Domaine Bousquet´s philosophy is to focus on preserving the grapes high-quality characteristics, which is why gentle handling of the fruit is the guiding principle of our winery. The team working in our cellar is detail oriented and strives to combine traditional with modern methods in order to produce high quality and polished style wines. The winery can handle about 4,5 million liters of premium wine, and the cellar includes stainless and cement vats, as well as French oak barrels. Grapes arrive in small boxes to the receiving area, where they are hand-sorted before going to the de-stemmer. After a gentle destemming, the fruit is then sent to tanks for maceration and then fermentation for 30 days approximately. The fermentation is carried out with selected yeast at a controlled temperature. During the winemaking process, our winemaking team controls and regularly supervises our wines to ensure exceptional quality.

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