History

Histoire DiamAndes

“Diamond” is born in the uco valley

In 2005, the Bonnie family, owner of the renowned Château Malartic-Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé de Graves) and of the Château Gazin Rocquencourt (Pessac-Léognan), decided to leave France in search for new horizons in the world of wine. It all began with the acquisition, along with their partners, of a single 130-hectares (321 acres) block of land in the heart of the Uco Valley, to the south of the city of Mendoza. That is where Bodega DiamAndes was born, as a member of the prestigious Clos de los Siete group. The winery’s architectural design blends harmoniously into the stunning Andean scenery. In this context, the winemaking process has taken place under exceptional conditions since the 2007 vintage.

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The name DiamAndes is a pun on the words “diamante” (Spanish for “diamond”) and “Andes” (the name of the mountains that provide a background to the estate). Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie came up with it one day as he was enjoying a barbecue at Laguna del Diamante, in Mendoza. The reflection of the Maipo volcano on the lake made him associate the two words.

Histoire Bodega DiamAndes
Clos de los Siete

Clos de los Siete

DiamAndes is part of the Clos de siete. Clos de los Siete is the result of a venture undertaken by a group of French winegrowers. It is located at the foot the Andes mountain range, in the heart of the Uco Valley, at the district of Vista Flores, Tunuyán. Their vineyards spread across 850 hectares (2100 acres) at an altitude of 1,000-1,200 masl.

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The history of Clos de los Siete is closely linked to enologist Michel Rolland, a consultant for prestigious wineries around the world for some years now (Malartic-Lagravière and Gazin Rocquencourt among them). The project was actually conceived in 1998. Michel Rolland’s enthusiasm made it possible for the group of French partners to come together. They all belonged to families related to the wine business, whose names are inevitably associated to the most renowned Grand Crus worldwide.

Clos de los Siete
La Cave Bodega DiamAndes

The winery

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The architecture

 The winery’s architectural design was inspired in the name DiamAndes and is the work of Mendocinian Architects Mario Yanzón and Eliana Bórmida. In line with the philosophy of its owners, the building of the winery was carried out on the basis of the principles of respect for nature and harmony with the environment.

Numerous works were carried out in the area, taking full advantage of the available natural resources while preventing damage to the environment, with the ultimate aim of optimizing the wine production process.  One of the governing principles of the project is the essential connection existing between wine and nature. Therefore, an effort has been made to integrate the architecture with the Andean landscape by creating unique paths and designs, whose scale, shape and materials were adapted to the location. 

The floorplan layout has a pure, linear design. The area for the reception and selection of grapes is located at one extreme and the finished product dispatch area at the other. The fermentation, storage and aging facilities are located at different levels below the ground, responding to the principles of gravity flow winemaking and natural thermal insulation. 

The winery is also designed to receive visitors and offer them the chance to live a unique experience, to better understand the product and taste it at its place of origin.
Prior to being officially inaugurated, Bodega DiamAndes received above all others the “International award ‘Best Of Wine Tourism 2011’ of Great Wine Capitals” for its “Architecture, Parks and Gardens”!

Environment

The winery’s architecture was designed to blend into the landscape. The building has horizontal volumes and defined lines that do not compete with the natural skyline of the Andes. 

The landscape design of Bodega DiamAndes was conceived bearing in mind the framework of the Andes Range and the native flora of the area, the central concept being the connection between the building and its surroundings. It was constructed using indigenous stones and locally-produced concrete, and a chromatic range harmonizing with the natural surroundings.

The building is also thermally insulated, and large windows in the work areas make it possible to take better advantage of natural light and thus optimize the use of energy. Moreover, low-consumption LED lights are systematically used for lighting. As another example, a 4-km electric line was installed below ground in order to preserve the beauty of the landscape. In addition to this, several wells were drilled up to 190 m of depth with the purpose of feeding an underground aqueduct and a vineyard irrigation system that sends water under constant pressure to each parcel.

Famille Bonnie

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“My passion for wine has no boundaries; and so I was immediately attracted by the idea of making wine in such excellent quality land as the Uco Valley. These opulent, complex wines are also the result of the enriching interchange between our Bordeaux and Argentina teams.
Carry on with Bodega DiamAndes adventure, my son and my daughter by my side, is as thrilling as it’s fascinating!
I hope the DiamAndes de Uco wines will allow me to transmit my passion for the vineyard to wine lovers around the world.”

Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie.

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