Phone: 261 – 4960794
Address: Araoz 1600 (Ruta Prov. 60), Lujan de Cuyo – Mendoza
It is located in the Luján de Cuyo region, carril Ardoz (off route 60), 300 meters from its intersection with the south access to Mendoza, and at 5 kilometers from Finca Libertad. This old winery belonged to the family of Gladys Alurralde Norton, who was the mother of Federico J. Benegas Lynch.
Agustín Alvarez, Governor of the Province of Mendoza in those years, finished the construction in 1901. It is one of the few historic relics that remain from the old Mendoza of the end of the XIXth century. It was made of adobe with a stone underground cave to stow casks and it has spacious areas to store bottles both in summer and in winter, for temperature variations are minimal.
Today is a luxury for every winery to have wine cellars where the wine can be aged not only in casks but also in bottles protected from the light, temperature and humidity alteration that damage them so much.
Our underground cave was born from those pioneers. It has 6 metres depth, rock walls and soil grounds which sheltered more than 40 oak french barrels with 35.000 litres in each one.
From the beginning, the Benegas focussed their efforts on the production of quality wines. Tiburcio, and later his son, Pedro, brought fine low production vines mainly from France. They planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay, which were the base for the famous Broquel, Fond de Cave and Puente Viejo. Although the pebble soils were poor, they no doubt proved adequate for optimal development of the vines.
Guided visits: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Saturdays: only with previous reservation.