The Malbec road continues in Mendoza, one thousand kilometres west of the capital city Buenos Aires, this beautiful region can be found in the foothills of the Andes mountains and is where the best Argentinian wines are made.
Bodega Norton, was one of the first wineries to be established in Mendoza in 1895 by Englishman, Edmund Norton. An engineer by trade, Edmund’s expertise was requested to help build the Transandine Railway, with tracks passing through the Andes, in some of the country’s most treacherous terrain, the Transandine Railway was an incredible achievement.
Undeterred by the relentless work Edmund became so enamoured by the stunning scenery that he laid down tools and decided to stay. Settling in Luján de Cuyo, he planted vines brought over from France either side of the railway tracks and so began the the start of a wonderful journey.
Norton have five vineyards in Mendoza that all supply the Malbec grapes for Porteño. The vines are planted at a heady altitude of 1,000 metres in the foothills of the Andes mountains – to give you an idea of height, if these vines were in the UK this would be the at the top of Snowdon! At this altitude the long sunny days and cold nights ripen the Malbec grapes to perfection, resulting in vibrant and juicy black fruit flavours
It’s a short hop from the vineyards to the winery. The winemaking team at Bodega Norton work on the Malbec grapes using their expertise that has been passed down from one generation to the next, keeping the pure black fruit flavours of the grape to the fore to create an easy to drink style.