90% of these grapes are sourced from our best vineyards in Alluvia, Gualtallary, at 1,350 meters (4,430 feet) above sea level and 10% from Los Indios, Altamira, at 1,100 meters (3,610 feet) above sea level. The soils are stoney in the first location and sandy loam in the second one, and both have high calcareous content.
Doña Paula Estate Malbec displays the unique characteristics of the Uco Valley, a terroir where the climate is cold, with an average temperature variation of 16 °C (60.8°F) in Los Indios and 12.5 °C (54.5°F) in Alluvia, and an average annual rainfall of 280 mm (11 in) in Altamira and 300 mm (11.8 in) in Gualtallary. e vines yield an average of 8 tons per hectare, and they are grown in espaliers, using drip irrigation.
At Doña Paula, our vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agricultural practices.
The grapes are hand-picked the first week of April. In the winery, they are destemmed gently, without breaking the berries.
Then, a cold pre-fermentative maceration is carried out to preserve the primary aromas. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures, and a post-fermentation maceration is later performed for 15 to 20 days.
The wine is aged in first, second and third-use French oak barrels for 12 months.