Escala Humana

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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Tupungato, Uco Valley
People: Germán Masera, Ayelén Bonetto & Sebastián Masera, Owners | Germán Masera, Winemaker

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Escala Humana is a promising young winery that produces incredibly expressive wines from forgotten vineyards and varieties in Uco Valley, Argentina. The grapes are sustainably farmed. The wines ferment naturally and are made with minimal intervention. They are fresh and light-bodied wines that proudly showcase Argentina’s wine history.

Germán Masera started Escala Humana in 2015 with his wife Ayelén Bonetto and his brother Sebastián Masera.

Germán Masera began crafting wines in 2003 while studying oenology and viticulture at the Juan Agustín Maza University. His skills and talent developed while working for many impressive wineries around the world: Viña Cobos, Finca El Origen, and Finca Sophenia in Mendoza; Bodega Noemia in Patagonia; Pingus Winery and Quinta Sardonia in Spain. In 2016, Germán started working with Matías Michelini, who was integral in getting Escala Humana off the ground as the first vintages were produced at Matías Michelini's Passionate Winery. Today, the wines are produced at Los Chocos.

While working for others, both Ayelén (Aye) and Germán had a strong impulse to start a family winery. While the majority of the oldest Argentinean vines are in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, there are a small handful of 4th and 5th generation producers in Uco Valley who planted vine clippings from Europe. Therefore, there are small, old plots of unconventional varieties hidden around Uco Valley. Aye and Germán fell in love with two specific plots located in El Zampal, which are the home to Mavasia, Bequignol (a light-bodied red variety from the southwest of France), Sangiovese, and a few other grapes. The soil is comprised of clay, loam and sand.

Social Media
Instagram: @escalahumanawines, @aye.bonetto, @g.masera
Facebook: @EscalaHumanaWines

Media Links
The Drinks Business: How small producers are re-shaping Argentine wine
Eco Vinos: Escala Humana Wines: la bodega familiar que desde Tupungato se consolida con variedades poco convencionales