Rutini Wines wine producer

Rutini Wines
Formerly Bodega La Rural, this historic Mendoza winery was founded by Filipe Rutini, who was just 18 when he arrived in Argentina in 1884 from the Marche region of central Ialy, where his family had been winemakers.  He acquired a small estate at Coquimbito in the Maipú district just southeast of Mendoza city, founding Bodega La Rural there the following year.  At first the winery was just two small buildings and the family home, but it prospered and in 1910 he embarked on a major expansion, importing equipment from Europe to produce Argentina’s first properly high-end wines.
 
He died in 1919 but his family continued to innovate.  They were the first to plant vines in the now-fashionable Uco Valley, establishing a vineyard at Tupungato in 1925.  Gradually the focus moved from Maipú to the Uco and, despite completely renovating the old Coquimbito winery in the Nineties, the company has in the last few years built a new state-of-the-art winery at Tupungato, rebranding themselves as Rutini Wines in the process.
 
The new winery processes grapes from their 370 hectares of vines in Tupungato, at 1,235 metres altitude, 70 ha at Altamira in the far south of the Uco at 1,100m, and 30 ha at La Consulta, northwest of Altamira, at 900m.  Another 120 ha have been planted but have yet to come on-stream.  From these the winemaking team led by Mariano di Paola produce a full range of red and white varietals and blends, plus a few bubblies, two dessert wines and a couple of rosés.

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