We farm with traditional sustainable methods in order to obtain the best grapes while respecting the environment. We practice short pruning and green harvesting to ensure the balance of each vine and arrive at the target yields for each of the varieties. The grapes are handpicked once the fruit has reached optimum ripeness.
Once the grapes arrive at the winery the bunches are carefully hand sorted prior to de-stemming. There is a second hand sorting table for individual berries as they come out of the de-stemmer to ensure that only the very highest quality grapes go into our wines.
The winery was built in Vistalba – Lujan de Cuyo, 18 Km North of Mendoza city at 3800 feet elevation (1,150 meters of altitude), and is surrounded by the first 15 hectares / 37 acres of Malbec vineyards that Bodegas Fabre S.A bought.
For the Fabre Montmayou line of wines, the owners decided to buy exclusively old-vine vineyards in the best wine growing areas of Mendoza.
The Fabre Montmayou winery is located in the Rio Negro Valley in Patagonia at 39º of latitude South, the most southerly vine growing region of America.
These wines from the extremity of the world benefit from a very unique personality thanks to the soil of the desert where the sunny days and cold austral nights provide a very harmonic balance. There, the magic of the Terroir confers unique aromas, flavors and structure.
Once picked grapes arrive at both winery in 40 lbs. trays and the clusters are carefully hand sorted prior to the destemming. There is a second hand sorting table for individual berries as they come out of the de-stemmer to ensure that only the highest quality grapes go into our flagship wines.
Fermentation is then carried out at a controlled temperature with four pump-overs per day. Extended maceration (skin contact) allows for greater extraction of tannins, which will add structure to the finished wine before barrel aging begins.
With constant care and personal style – essential elements for great quality – Fabre Montmayou combines modern winemaking, the terroir of Mendoza and Patagonia and the Bordeaux « savoir-faire » to produce wines of unique personality.