Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina?s Mendoza region, the Portillo winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment.
The Portillo winery (Portillo means ?portal? or ?gateway?) is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to blend in tastefully with the surrounding environment.
Portillo is notable for its gravity-flow system, which minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility?s ingenious design, which takes advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built. The three-tier, gravity-flow design also eliminates the need for pumping, which can shatter seeds, leading to bitterness, and reduces the risk of oxidization.
Below are the Portillo wines featured at StyleChicago.com’s Modern Beauty event on August 13, 2015:
Portillo Merlot 2011:
? Soft cranberry, plum and blueberry followed by delicate , silky tannins
Portillo Sauvignon Blanc 2014:
? Refreshing and crisp flavors oflychee, mango and pineapple
Gustavo Bauz?Bodegas Salentein is a leader in Argentine wine, having pioneered the Uco Valley, the leading premium winemaking region in Mendoza. Lead by legendary winemaker Jose Galante, Salentein produces a complete portfolio of wines: Salentein, Killka, Portillo, and Callia. Salentein?s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope.
Bodegas Salentein now farms 5,000 acres in the Uco Valley, 700 of which are planted with vineyards distributed in three estates: El Oasis, La Pampa and San Pablo, which range between 3500 and more than 5500 feet above sea level. All of this lies in a glorious valley some 65 miles from Mendoza.
Portillo Wines: Bodegas Salentein in Argentina
Ruta 89 S/N, Km 145560 Valle de Uco
Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza,, Argentina 54 2622 42-9500