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The most sustainable winery

A Mendoza winery won the highest recognition for Sustainable Practices in the world competition of wineries that venture into tourism.

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Wine tourism or wine tourism is a very well worked practice in Mendoza. Brazilians, Chileans, Americans and  foreigners  of the farthest nationalities are supersatisfied every time they visit a local winery. Thus,  many Mendoza wineries stand out in the different categories in which the awards for wine tourism are divided.  

 Superuco , the winery of the Michelini brothers, won the Gold Award in Sustainable Practices, awarded by a renowned international jury for the ranking of Best Of Wine Tourism 2021. With its farm in Los Chacayes  in Tunuyán , Superuco was recognized by the Annual Assembly of the Grand Capitals of Wine, which chose only one Gold per Wine Capital, from among all the award-winning categories, and that award raises her to a global winner of her category.

Mendoza is part of the Great Wine Capitals.  It is a global network of cities located in both hemispheres that share economic and cultural values: to be internationally recognized wine regions.  It includes the new and old world of wine, and its goal is to promote tourism, culture and trade between the different cities and regions of Adelaide (Australia) Bilbao and Rioja (Spain), Cape Town and Cape Winelands (South Africa), Bordeaux (France), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz and Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco and Napa Valley (United States), Valparaiso and Casablanca ( Chile ) and Verona (Italy).

The winning winery hosted Germán Martitegui, in the project he carried out during the last two summers,  when the renowned chef moved all his restaurant and the TEGUI team to the vineyards of Superuco. 

 The reason for the prize 

Sustainability and environmental care are the order of the day in any industry. Or, at least, that's what you're looking for.  In a world context, where the search for natural and organic is in everyone's gaze, the Michelini stand up with this trophy, more than deserved, for their continuous work in respect of the earth. 

In Superuco,  there is an organic vegetable garden, which is cared for by the family and the winery workers. It is the heart of the place and has a circular shape. It is home to medicinal plants, such as nettle or yarrow, which help in biodynamic practices of wine production. Many such herbs are used for mountain infusions “Eres”, an entrepreneurship carried out by two of the women of the Michelini family.  During the pandemic, they performed compost and added biodynamic preparations to it that help improve  nutrients  for the earth.

When the harvest arrives,  the whole family comes together to harvest and press the grapes, process they perform with their feet, which makes the process more artisanal and human, recalling the traditional practice of the “tread de la grape”.  Many of the tourists who visit the winery during the harvest are also part of the magical rhythm that is heard when the feet step on the grapes.

In addition, as part of its research on sustainability and organic production, the winery hosted the  IX International Encuentro de Viticultura Biodynamic, in 2019 . Experts from France, the United States,  Spain  and Chile gathered together, discussed the topic and gave talks on biodynamic sciences and the path to holistic sustainability:”; That is part of the production process of what we are so excited about: wine,” explains Matías.

Publication Date: 16/11/2020

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