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Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza

Founded in 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti, Chakana is a family owned winery located 960 meters (3,149 feet) above sea level at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Agrelo, Mendoza. It is one of the leading projects among the new generation of winemakers dedicated to the discovery and expression of the Andean diversity of climate and soils.

southern cross smSouthern CrossChakana is the name given to the Southern Cross constellation by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands. The Chakana is believed to hold the key to finding the perfect timing for the cultivation and harvesting of crops – a calendar, compass & symbolic link between earth and spirit. On May 2, 2002, the Chakana reached perfect vertical position in the sky, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle. It was then that Juan chose the name for his winery, paying homage to the Incan understanding of and respect for nature. 

Chakana wines are designed by winemaker Gabriel Bloise, whose wines get “better with every vintage” according to Jeb Dunnuck. Gabriel has participated in multiple harvests in key regions of the world, such as Tuscany, California, Priorat, and Australia. 

Gabriel & the team at Chakana is committed to biodynamic and organic viticulture & preserving the true character of the soils & region: "Higher quality fruit demands minimum intervention in the winery to create truly enjoyable wines that challenge the established criteria of manipulation: spontaneous fermentation, natural acidity, minimum or no sulphur, locally adapted varieties, no clarification nor filtration preserve the identity of wines."

The Vineyards

Chakana owns 120 hectares (295 acres) of vineyards, spread across vineyard sites in Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco. They have followed organic and biodynamic viticulture practices since 2012.

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  • Nuna vineyards in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo – 75 hectares (185 acres) planted with Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The terroir is loam and clay with gravel 70 cm deep, some limestone. Urban influenced climate, relatively warm.The vineyard is certified biodynamic by Demeter, and wines in this range are certified organic. 
  • Ayni vineyards in Paraje Altamira, Valle du Uco – 26 hectares (64 acres) at 1100m planted with Malbec. Terroir is sandy-loam with gravel up to 70 cm deep. Dominated by limestone; temperate climate. The vineyard's 'Parcela Gravas' is certified organic.
  • Los Cedros vineyards in Paraje Altamira, Valle du Uco – 5 hectares (12 acres) planted with Malbec. Terroir is sandy-loam with gravel up to 70 cm deep. Dominated by limestone; temperate climate. Certified organic.
  • Gualtallary vineyards, Valle de Uco – 14 hectares (34 acres) Chakana’s newest vineyard, in the Tupungato Winelands. Organic certification in progress.

Chakana produces 150,000 9-liter cases per year and exports to 33 countries. With more than 50,000 cases sold in the USA every year, Chakana is one of the top 25 premium exporters of Argentine wine to the USA. 

Reviews and News

Chakana Wines - Argentina Special Report 2016 - Tim Atkin

Chakana Wines - Argentina Special Report 2016 - Tim Atkin

tim atkin logo 250"Chakana’s wines are getting better with every vintage under winemaker Gabriel Bloise."
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2016

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Producer Details
Founded
2002
Location
Argentina
Wine Production Area
Argentina - Mendoza - Lujan de Cuyo, Uco Valley
Owners
Juan Pelizzatti
Winemaker
Gabriel Bioise
Acreage
295 acres (120 hectares)
Grape Varietal(s)
Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Age of Vines
Oldest vines over 100+
Agricultural Practices
Biodymanic Certified
Annual Production
150,000 (9-liter cases)

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