José Lovaglio Balbo

Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Tupungato, Uco Valley
People: José Lovaglio Balbo, Owner & Winemaker


Vaglio 2018 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley Login JS 95 WA 92 In Stock
Vaglio 2019 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley Login On Order

Media Links
The Drinks Business: Balbo's Son Shining a Light on Soil Types
Wine Spectator: In Mom's Footsteps

Social Media Links
Twitter: @joselovaglio
Jose Lovaglio Balbo Facebook

José Lovaglio Balbo started Vaglio in 2013 with the aim to produce single vineyard wines from different subregions and soil types. Each wine is vinified in the same way with minimal intervention and oak contact, so that the Mendoza terroir shines through. Balbo rents an small, gravity-fed concrete winery in Tupungato to produce Vaglio. Each wine represents a different stages of his life, which is reflected in the illustrations on the labels, from being born in Salta and growing up in Mendoza, to studying at UC Davis in California and learning Chinese in Shanghai. José is also one of the head winemakers at Dominio del Plata and the son of Susanna Balbo.

Vinous 7/25/2018
"José Lovaglio, the son of famous Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo, earned his enology degree at UC Davis in 2008 and in recent years has made the Bodini and Crios de Susana Balbo wines at the Dominio del Plata winery. The objective of his own project, Vaglio, launched in 2014, is to showcase a range of different Malbec terroirs; he takes the same approach to extraction with all of these wines and, except for the limited Miperal bottling, they all carry the same gentle price tag. Lovaglio makes his wines in a refurbished dairy in El Peral in the northwest corner of Uco Valley. Thanks to his use of concrete vats and the facility’s thick walls, he is able to ferment his wines without refrigeration."


  • Vaglio 2018 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    James Suckling
    Rating: 95 (12/9/2020)

    Wonderful intensity of crushed berries, pink pepper and volcanic salt. Full-bodied, yet fresh and vivid with energy and focus. Extremely long and flavorful. Drink or hold."
  • Vaglio 2018 'Aggie' Malbec, Uco Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (3/31/2021)

    The 2018 Aggie was produced with Malbec from Gualtallary in the Valle de Uco, produced in the same way as the rest of the range, with fermentation in concrete with indigenous yeasts and élevage of eight to 12 months in well-seasoned barrels. There is very good freshness and character here, and it is aromatic and floral, varietal, clean and precise. It's juicy and has complexity, nuance and depth, fine tannins and a long finish.