A new and modern winery
in the region of San Rafael
We aim to pure wines with minimalist intervention to best express this exceptional Argentinian terroir. The winery is based in the south of the province of Mendoza, 30 km from the center of San Rafael. The 25,000 square feet Bodega Marco Zunino was built on the most beautiful natural resources in the region to provide a modern and innovative design.
The production capacity of 500,000 liters is divided into 25 cement and stainless steel tanks. We use the latest generation of high-performance production tools from the very best European manufacturers. Equipped with its own bottling line, allows us great reactivity and adaptability.
From the moment the carefully selected grapes arrive through the cellar doors, right through to the fermentation, we take great care in handling our raw materials, to allow the vines and local soil to express themselves to their full potential.
Edgardo Ibarra has a well-known reputation in the region of Cuyo with 30 years of experience in the wine industry. Graduated from Don Bosco University in Mendoza, he used to work for different wineries such as Mumm Estate and Bodegas Pernot-Ricard before becoming Wine Maker for selected clients. President during 5 years of the San Rafael Wine Maker Center, he is also a member of the San Rafael AOC (Protected Designation of Origin) tasting committee.
The vineyard at the foothill of the Andes
200 kilometers from the district capital, in the South of the region of Mendoza, lies the town of San Rafael, an oasis surrounded by large canyons and crossed by two rivers, Diamante and Atuel, vital for agriculture and tourism in the region.
The arid climate, the rugged landscape and vegetation, as well as the plane trees along the country roads and weeping willows bordering its rivers are reminiscent of the midi region in the South of France.
The thirty-hectare vineyard boasts an exceptional site and an idyllic regional climate for wine producing. The low rainfall (300 mm per year), the altitude (670m) and high temperature variations associated with the diversity and quality of San Rafael’s terroir offer the ideal setting for a truly exceptional quality of grape.
The wine industry is one of the remaining legacies of the presence of a French colony in the region. Major wineries have since developed in the area (Bianchi, Jean Rivier, Goyenechea, Algodon Wine Estates) and finally Bodega Marco ZUNINO.
The best of new world climate with French know how
The Argentine Terroir offers incomparable quality of grapes. The climate, the diversity of soils and natural water resources allow each wine to obtain the purest of its varietal expression. Thanks to our latest generation equipment, we make a double selection of the grape and whole grains are put into tanks for a carbonic fermentation.
We are looking for the purest extraction of product and we also do a pre-cold maceration (10 ° C) then a 12 days fermentation at a controlled temperature of 22 °C. The malolactic fermentation is spontaneous and partial, and we deliberately keep a few grams of malic acid for freshness on the palate.