Eral Bravo is considered one of the most promising new wineries in Argentina. This project was created by Matias Sanchez Nieto, former owner of one of the oldest and largest wineries in Argentina, Nieto Senetiner. After selling it, Matias started Eral Bravo, a boutique winery dedicated to making small quantities of truly great wines – which are already getting a lot of attention. Totaling 155 hectares, the family vineyards are located in the most select regions of Mendoza: Alto Agrelo (“El Recodo Estate”), Alto Ugarteche (“Montalba Estate”, a new property in Lujan de Cuyo) and Alto Eugenio Bustos (“Los Indios Estate”) in the Uco Valley. The name Eral Bravo is inspired by the family tradition of breeding Iberic bulls (“toro bravo”) in the Salamanca region of Spain.
Urano, the god of the skies in Greek mythology, makes reference to the clean and magnificent skies of Mendoza, which, framed by the Andes, create special conditions for vine growing. The wines combine careful work in the vineyards with a state-of-the-art winery.
The wines are vegan.
El Recodo Estate – Alto Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo.
50 hectares of vineyards located in the high zone of Agrelo, at 1020 meters (3346 feet). The Agrelo oasis, irrigated by the waters of the Mendoza river, is found at the foothills of the Andes mountain range. The alluvial type soil originated from the decomposition and desintegration of rocks and minerals from the Andes. It is characterized by layers of sand/clay resting on gravel and stones, and by good drainage.
The climatic conditions of the area, a careful management of irrigation resources and a constantly monitored production make possible the obtention of grapes with perfect phenolic ripeness and great concentration of aromas and color. Low annual rainfall, coupled with low humidity, provide a healthy phytosanitary environment. With an average rainfall of 187 mm per year, irrigation is a necessity.
Los Indios Estate – Alto Eugenio Bustos, Uco Valley.
This 25 hectare property is 1010 meters (3313 feet) above sea level . This area shows lower temperatures than in the High Area of the Mendoza river, thanks to a gentle, cool southern breeze. It has a wide temperature range, lots of sunny days and an average rainfall of less than 200 mm per year. Its special microclimate allows good phenolic maturation and produces complex wines of excellent concentration. Sandy loam soil with some rocks.
Montalba Estate – Alto Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo.
This area has recently been developed by Eral bravo. Matias owns 80 hectares there. He started with the planting of Malbec, which will be followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.