Matías Riccitelli wine producer

Matías Riccitelli
Thirty-six-year-old Matías is the son of the renowned Jorge Riccitelli, chief winemaker at Argentinean giant Bodega Norton since 1992.  Mentored by his father from an early age, he worked as head winemaker at Fabre Montmayou before founding his own winery in 2009 at Vistalba in Luján de Cuyo, the heart of the Mendoza region.
 
At only 20 hectares of vineyards (although some additional fruit is bought in), this is a very boutique operation by Argentinian standards.  By contrast, Bodega Norton has around 1300 hectares.  The focus is on Malbec, with four separate ones including the flagship Republica del Malbec from centenarian vines.  Joining the Malbec in his Vineyard Selection range is a Cabernet Franc and a Chardonnay, the latter from vineyards in the higher, cooler Valle de Uco to the south.
 
Valle de Uco also contributes the fruit for the two whites in his mid-priced Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree range (a reference to his famous father), whose reds include a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bonarda as well as the obligatory Malbec.  Finally there is Hey Malbec! from younger vines which you may have spotted in Majestic.  Not content just with Mendoza, he also makes an old-vine Merlot and Sémillon in Patagonia at Fabre Montmayou where he used to work.

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