Trivento Reserve Malbec
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When in the mid-1990s Concha y Toro, Chile's leading wine producer announced its successful purchase of a collection of vineyards (now accounting for 3,185 acres) in the Mendoza region of neighboring Argentina; there was little doubt on either side of the Andes that change was in the air. Wind is the agent of change, so it was only fitting that the new venture was named "Trivento" (Three Winds), a whimsical reference to three winds that sweep through Mendoza and are such a distinguishing feature of the region's climate and environment.
Wines from Argentina have deep European roots, but a style and personality all their own. With the Andes in the background, a distinctive grape growing and winemaking culture has emerged. Trivento is proud to be a leader among Argentine wines. Trivento takes its name from the three winds that blow through the Mendoza region, leaving their unique mark on the vines and on these delicious wines.
Trivento's principal vineyards are located in the Uco Valley, Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, San Martin and Rivadavia districts of Mendoza—a wine region that exemplifies the advantages of high-altitude viticulture. Here, significant differences between day and night temperatures help minimize the risk of pests and disease. Vineyards that receive barely eight inches of rainfall a year are irrigated with natural snow melt from the Andes. Not least, vineyards can count on the beneficial effects of the three seasonal winds for which the Trivento winery is named. The icy Polar wind in winter forces sap deep within the vines. It is succeeded by the Zonda, which races in from the Andes, its warmth rousing dormant sap to generate new spring growth. In the summer months a third wind, the Sudestada, provides a welcome respite from the searing sun and helps to temper ripening.
Maximiliano Ortíz, Winemaker for Argentina's acclaimed Trivento winery, is a passionate and charismatic leader for this top-rated wine producer. He is responsible for the supervision of Trivento's premium wines during the ageing period in oak barrels, in addition to conducting tastings for key clients and visitors to the winery on a daily basis.
Maxi, as he is known at the winery, began his career at Trivento in 2006 as a grape quality control expert, and was responsible for chemical analysis during harvest. This young winemaker attributes his passion for wine to his family who introduced him to the wines of Argentina at a young age during their traditional family Argentinean barbecues. This piqued Maximiliano's interest in wines from all regions of the world, spurring him to obtain a degree in Enology and Fruit and Vegetable Industry from Facultad de Enología y Ciencias de la Alimentación Don Bosco in Mendoza. This interest in the international varietals enables Maximilio to bring a unique perspective to winemaking in Argentina, which is expressed in all of the wines he helps to produce.
When he is not spending his time at the winery, Maximiliano enjoys playing and watching soccer matches, spending time with his family, and, of course, discovering new wines from all over the world.
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