Meet two of Argentina’s “Now Generation” of winemakers, Sebastian Zuccardi and Santiago Mayorga. Both come from families with long legacies in the wine industry, born to winemaking fathers and grandfathers and growing up amidst vines and viticulturists. Editor Michael Schachner sat down with these two pioneering industry minds at Total Wine to taste, discuss the wine making process and take a look into the future of Argentinian wines. Learn More
Santiago Mayorga | Nieto Senetiner
Fortunately, in winemaking, nice guys do not always finish last. A case in point is Santiago “Santi” Mayorga, one of the kindest souls you’ll ever meet in the wine business. The fact that he’s a talented winemaker who learned from one of Mendoza’s living legends, Roberto de la Mota, only makes him more compelling.
Nieto Senetiner is a winery of 120 years of tradition and prestige. In 1888, Italian wine immigrants planted the first vines in the Vistalba Valley, Luján de Cuyo district, Mendoza. Originally the vineyards consisted of different European varietals, but over time, Malbec and Bonarda dominated the landscape of Vistalba’s vineyards. Now, 120 years later, shoots from mother vines continue producing groundbreaking wines.
Nieto Senetiner – The Modern Face of Argentine Winemaking Tradition. Santiago Mayorga, Winemaker for Nieto Senetiner, discusses winemaking in Argentina, from past traditions to today’s more modern approach.
Sebastián Zuccardi | Familia Zuccardi
Familia Zuccardi is one of Argentina’s most well-known family owned wineries as well as a leading exporter of Argentine wine all over the world. For over 50 years Zuccardi has produced wines of exceptional quality from the soils of Mendoza. Sebastian Zuccardi, the third generation winemaker, is handcrafting wines with identity through the constant exploration of the different soils of Valle de Uco and producing the wines in the new state-of-the-art facility Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Paraje Altamira.
Importer of Familia Zuccardi, founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers, Ltd. began as a one-man operation importing and selling wines primarily in the Midwest. Over the last four decades, Winesellers, Ltd. has evolved into a globally recognized importer and marketer of family-owned wineries and brands produced in both well-known and unique regions from around the world, like the Uco Valley. The Sager family is proud of their enduring relationships with their wholesalers and suppliers, some whom have been a part of Winesellers portfolio from the very beginning. Winesellers, Ltd. was recently named “Importer of the Year 2015” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Meet The Rest of Argentina’s Now Generation Here.
Last Updated: May 4, 2023