Matías Riccitelli is a native Argentine born in Cafayate, Salta. Inspired by his father and mentor Jorge Riccitelli (the first Latin American to be elected “Winemaker of the Year 2012”), Matías studied winemaking at an early age and travelled the world to work for countless wineries. For over a decade he has been collecting experience and now is dedicating himself to learning as much as possible about the various terroirs of Mendoza. He established his namesake winery in 2009 to show the vast potential of his homeland.
Matías sources grapes from various terroirs at the base of the Andes Mountains between 980-1600 meters of altitude. The winery is located in Las Compuertas (1,100 meters above sea level). It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo and also where Matías farms 20 hectares of ungrafted old vines. He also farms or buys grapes in Vistalba, Gualtallary, Altamira and La Carrera (read more about the Mendoza vineyards). It doesn’t stop there though; he makes a few wines at even higher elevation in Patagonia. The vineyards in Patagonia were planted at the end of the sixties and are located in the High Valley of Rio Negro. The great diversity of soils and elevation are wonderfully expressed in Matías Riccitelli’s pure and vibrant wines.
"Matías Riccitelli is an oenologist with a clear vision of the wines he wants to make. After a trip around the world in 2007, Riccitelli moved back to Luján de Cuyo and began to make wines. Today, he produces wines from vineyards ranging from Patagonia to Mendoza, focusing on precise balance and developing new styles of wines. Riccitelli is also planting a vineyard in La Carrera, Uco Valley, at an altitude of 2,460 feet with white varieties. Wines such as Riccitelli de Finca and Kung Fu – made with no added sulfites – are a good reflection of his spirit."