The Bad Brothers Wines

The terroir enveloping the quiet pueblo of Cafayate in the Calchachi Valley, Salta, Argentina is becoming widely known for the excellent quality and variety of grapes grown here, with many of the leading brands of Mendoza now setting up operations.

A brief description of the current portfolio of Bad Brothers wines follows. 

MaTaCa

MaTaCa

(Malbec-Tannat-Cabernet)

Our MaTaCa blend presents the fruitiness of Malbec with the elegance of Cabernet and the structure of Tannat.

This is an eminently drinkable wine, with a smooth balance of acidity and alcohol integrated with subtle notes of oak, chocolate and tannins.

Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red color. Scents of dry plums, figs, caramel, dried fruits, clove, vanilla, and a spicy finish."

Torrontés

Torrontés

 

While relatively unknown elsewhere, the Torrontés grape is famous throughout the Calchaqui valley and Argentina for its fragrance and fruit, ideal for sipping on a sunny afternoon.

Our easy-drinking Torrontés offers an excellent balance of acidity and freshness with floral overtones typical of high altitudes vineyards.

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with hints of gold. Flavors and scents of jasmine, rue, white roses, pineapples, peaches and chamomile.


ToVio

ToVio

(Torrontés-Viognier)

A Bad Brothers Exclusive Blend, we take Cafayate’s hallmark Torrontés and blend in 20% Viognier from a small grower on the outskirts of town.

The result is a complex but smooth and easy drinking white with a long and dry finish, a contribution of the Viognier. You have to taste it to appreciate it.

Tasting Notes: Greenish gold-flecked. Scents of grapefruit, peaches, rue, chinotto with good intensity.

The Bad Brothers Facón Collection

The facón is the word used for the long knifes carried by the gauchos, usually tucked into the back of their belts. In addition to an essential tool for their work among the cattle and horses on Estancias throughout Argentina, the facón is a source of pride, passed down through generations.

Bad Brother’s Facón Collection is our ultra-premium wines, for the most part single-vineyard wines where special attention has been taken to express the very specific attributes of these high altitude terroirs.

After sampling wines from this, our iconic collection, you’ll know why people say, “Bad Brothers make great facón wines!”

Single Vineyard Cabernet

Single Vineyard Cabernet

 

Our Bad Brothers Facón Collection Single Vineyard Cabernet is fresh, elegant, delicate with juicy tannins and just the right amount of fruity sweetness.

Produced from a single vineyard from 60 year-old vines, our Facón Cabernet is a Cab lover’s dream.

Tasting Notes: Intense red. Flavors and scents, very intense, primary scents of caramel, cayote, honey, strong liquor and a hint of pyrazine.

Single Vineyard Tannat

Single Vineyard Tannat

 

Our Bad Brothers Facón Collection Single Vineyard Tannat has great volume in mouth and a very long finish with just the right balance of acidity and the natural sweetness that comes from barrel aging.

Produced from a single vineyard with 60 year-old vines, our Facón Tannat is an intense but very drinkable wine for any aficionado of strong reds.

Tasting Notes: Dark red. Flavors and scents, graphite, rosemary, dates, dried plums.

Tannat – Cabernet blend

Tannat – Cabernet blend

(Tannat-Cabernet)

Our Bad Brothers Facón Collection Single Vineyard Tannat has great volume in mouth and a very long finish with just the right balance of acidity and the natural sweetness that comes from barrel aging.

Produced from a single vineyard with 60 year-old vines, our Facón Tannat is an intense but very drinkable wine for any aficionado of strong reds.

Tasting Notes: Dark red. Flavors and scents, graphite, rosemary, dates, dried plums.

Our Terroir

Bad Brothers Wines is headquartered in the high desert valley of Cafayate in the scenic Northwest province of Salta, Argentina.

Founded in 1840 by Manuel Fernando de Aramburú, Cafayate (“Crate of water” in the indigenous Quichua language), is located 1683 meters above sea level and 180 kilometers from the provincial capital of Salta City.

Surrounded by the Chuscha and Lorohuasi rivers and an ocean of vineyards first introduced to the valley by the Jesuits in the XVIII century, the pueblo of 15,000 inhabitants is the main center of high altitude, high quality wines production in Argentina.

The varietal of grapes grown in the valley include Malbec, Cabernet, Tannat, Bonardo, Syrah, Viognier and the emblematic Torrontés for which Cafayate is renowned.

The beauty of Cafayate’s sun-drenched landscapes and neocolonial architecture has made it a premier travel destination for wine lovers from around the world who come to sample the wines and enjoy the town’s gastronomic variety.

Cafayate’s ideal growing conditions – a temperate high-desert climate, 320 days a year of sunshine and excellent thermal amplitude -- has attracted a growing number of well-known wine-makers, including El Esteco, Piattelli,


Our Cafayate Growing Partners

Throughout the year, our wine-makers Agustín Lanús and William Knuttel spend countless hours meeting with grape growers throughout Cafayate and Calchaqui Valley, walking the vineyards and carefully examining the grapes.

As harvest season approaches, we decide on the very best of the varietals and contract with our grower partners to provide us with grapes from specific vineyards chosen to produce the highest quality of wine.

In this way, we assure our wines are made only from the best grapes and are not locked into making a wine from grapes that may have suffered from adverse conditions over the course of the growing season.

For our 2015 and 2016 vintages, our primary growing partner was La Estancia de Cafayate which has 70 hectares of wines, 35 of which are relatively new (an average of 6 years) and 35 of which are old growth vines of over 60 years.

MaTaCa vineyards


Quadrant T1
La Estancia de Cafayate

Altitude: 1650 meters above sea level.
Surface: 2.16 hectares
Trellis system: Parral of over 60 years.
Variety: Malbec, Tannat and Cabernet
Irrigation: Ditch irrigation with water direct from the mountains.
Yield: 7000kg/ha
Soil: Alluvial, Deep, Sandy loam texture, with 20% silt and clay in the first 20 cm, supplied by the aquifer.

Vineyards


4 HA planted 2011, VSP trellis system

Sandy loamy texture (70% sandy- 19% silt – 11% clay) with a good amount of gravel and stones above 30cm.

Deep and heavy soils, predominantly coarse grain size, with a moderate average water capacity (15-20%), pH 6.5.

Cabernet vineyard


Quadrant T2

Surface 1,02 hectares Trellis system: VSP, bilateral cordon. 8 years old.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 
Irrigation: Ditch irrigation from well water. Soil: Alluvial, Deep, sandy loam texture, with a higher percentage of fine sand.

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