Clos de los Siete is a world-class emblem of acknowledged international success.
It is a compelling human story of passion for a piece of land in Argentina…
An unprecedented challenge and a unique, novel concept:
850 hectares (2,100 acres) of vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains, in the Uco Valley near Mendoza.
4 bodegas run by 4 passionate Bordeaux families .
1 single wine named “Clos de los Siete”, blended by Michel Rolland, the originator of the project.
There are good places to grow wine everywhere, but Argentina
is especially blessed.
Its position in relation to the Andes Mountains means you can play with altitude and benefit from milder weather in a very sunny country.
The soil types made up of gravel and stones that have washed down from the mountains are also particularly conducive.
- Michel Rolland -
Michel Rolland first went to Argentina in 1988. He immediately fell in love with the country, the atmosphere there, the people, the beautiful landscape and the culture, as well as its fantastic winegrowing potential.
In his frequent return trips, Michel Rolland quickly became convinced that all the conditions were right in Argentina to grow a very great wine..
After searching around for a while, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Mendoza, the last city before reaching the majestic Andes he and Jean Michel Arcaute, a winegrower from Pomerol in the Bordeaux area, found an ideal plot of land at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet). There were more than 800 magnificent hectares (nearly 2,000 acres) uniquely exposed with soils made up of pebbles, clay and sand in which sparse semi-desert vegetation grew with here and there enormous boulders that have lain there since prehistoric times. The story of the Clos was about to begin…
The two originators were joined by friends, also winegrowers, passionate about wine and curious about this country at the other side of the world.
They adopted a unique, inventive concept and took up the enormous challenge of contributing together to producing one single wine under Michel Rolland’s supervision.
Four bodegas were then built. A part of the production of each is used to make and blend the shared wine “Clos de los Siete”. The rest goes into the wines of their own respective ranges: Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland.
Clos de los Siete partners
“The work carried out at Vista Florès was as colossal as the winegrowing project, involving massive earthworks to clear the rock away, fill the fissures dug out by running rainwater and build 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) of levee to protect the vines from flooding during the rare, but diluvial rainstorms.” - Jean-Michel Arcaute -
Four key elements
In the name “Clos de los Siete” there are two ideas: the amazing unique challenge and a single block vineyard forming an enclosure called Clos en french. This name is also used for the wine, Clos de los Siete.
The wines of the Clos gain their success from the favorable combination of four key elements, which are hard to find all in one place, except here in Argentina.
Michel Rolland was quick to apprehend the incredible potential of these soils made up of pebbles, clay and sand. One meter (3.3 foot) down, the vines’ roots penetrate a bed of gravel, which provides natural drainage. Water, which is indispensable in this sun-bathed country, comes from springs fed by melting snow and glaciers up in the Andes Mountains.
The weather here is very dry with widely varying temperatures between daytime and night, which is especially beneficial for concentrating tannins and color in the fruit.
Top flight vines
The vines grow at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,800 feet). Apparently this suits them perfectly and they are cultivated with all the care of a great Bordeaux estate with manual pruning and canopy management, and controlled yields. Altitude is a key factor, because the substantial diurnal range of temperatures produces very high quality tannins.
The vines are oriented south/south-west and soak up the sunshine whatever the season.
Vine cultivation and winemaking
Malbec, which is the king of all grape varieties in Argentina, is an obvious choice for these soil types. It occupies more than half the total area of the estate and is planted at an unusual density of 5,500 vines per hectare.
To add complexity to the blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a little less Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are used alongside the Malbec. Each variety contributes its characteristic personality to the final blend.
The vines are drip irrigated and great care is taken when the system is switched on and the flow is thoroughly checked so that the precise quantity of water is delivered to each plant, no more, no less.
The double Guyot pruning system is applied and the vines are espalier trained for optimal canopy development. Here the vines are cultivated just like for a Bordeaux grand cru classé with green harvesting, leaf removal, managed 1- to 3-hectare (2.5- to 7.5-acre) plots and very strictly controlled yields, which is essential when the aim is to produce top-quality wine.
Perfectionism and an unwavering quest for the best are everywhere: the fruit is harvested manually, it comes exclusively from the Clos (also called 'Estate Wine'), it is transported in wooden trays, screened on a sorting table and fed by gravity only to the most recently designed temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is later aged in French oak casks.
All the conditions are set for Clos de los Siete to be entirely unique.
The four wineries share their passion, their wines and their vineyards with tours designed to appeal to all your five senses. These are unforgettable visits, rich in sensorial emotion, on offer just for you.
The Uco Valley
Uco Valley lies at an altitude of more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) not far from Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. Santiago de Chile is just opposite, but on the other side of the towering, formidable Andes. Uco Valley is what the Bordeaux area is to France and the Napa Valley to the US, a region dedicated to making the very best fine wines.
Something new everywhere you turn
When you visit Clos de los Siete, the four wineries will demonstrate their expertise and present their beautiful wines with such unique characteristics in an outstanding setting. Against a backdrop of snowy Andean peaks, the area boasts breathtaking landscapes, often bathed in generous sunshine. In the surrounding area, there are also ideal places to visit if you enjoy sharing experiences and the thrill of discovering something new.
Tours of the vineyards, facilities, wineries and cellars.
Tastings – general or themed.
Gastronomic meals, Argentinean asado barbecues, wines matched with food.
Tours of the countryside and the surrounding area with a focus either on natural features or culture and traditions
Tours of natural reserves and protected sites.
An adventure trip in Uco Valley and the Andes Mountains.
Light truck visit to a volcano at an altitude of 6,800 meters (22,300 feet).
Mountain bike trip and picnic.
Horse riding along the Tunyan River.
Culture and tradition
Tour of Mendoza the wine capital of Argentina.
Election of the Harvest Queen.