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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Barreal, Calingasta Valley, San Juan
People: Pancho Bugallo & Sebastián Zuccardi, Owners & Winemakers
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Cara Sur is a small winery formed in 2011 as a partnership between two couples who were inspired to revive ancestral vines and produce honest wines from these traditional Argentine varieties.
Sebastián Zuccardi and Marcela Manini teamed up with Nuria Año Gargiulo and Pancho Burgallo, an avid mountaineering couple who live in Barreal, in the Calingasta Valley of San Juan, north of Mendoza. They produce wines made from 80-year-old Muscatel, Muscatel Negro, Bonarda, and Criolla Chica, the Argentine iteration of País (a.k.a. Listan Prieto / Mission). The vines are trained to a Parral, a ceiling-trellised system that provides shade and maximizes airflow. The vineyard sits alongside the Los Patos River in Barreal on stony soil at 1,500 meters above sea level.
The Cara Sur wines are made in a tiny winery next to Pancho and Nuria’s home where they produce small quantities of wine with minimal intervention. Sebastian and Marcela regularly make the trip north to Barreal to work alongside Pancho and Nuria. The quartet are quietly producing some of the most unique wines from one of the most underrated microclimates of Argentina. Cara Sur translates to South Face and refers to the more challenging approach to Cerro Mercedario, one of Argentina’s tallest peaks, which can be seen from Barreal.
The Feiring Line 8/2019
"About seven years ago, a fierce advocate for authentic wines in Argentina and now winemaker, Gabriel Dvorskin, wrote me a note about the scion of the Zuccardi family, Sebastián. 'He refused to follow the orders of the family to go to UC Davies and left to do harvests in Piedmont and study vineyards. Now he’s 33 and rather stubborn about vineyard and soils.' And so a few years later we have his project with friends, the inspiring Cara Sur wines."