Website: Estancia Ancon

The Bombal family are of French descent but have lived in Mendoza since 1760 and were pioneers in the world of Argentine viticulture. The winery, where the first brands Bombal and Chateau d’Ancón were born, was built in 1914 by Lucila Barrionuevo de Bombal.

She was succeeded by her son Domingo Lucas Bombal, who managed the vineyards and founded the new winery in the Ancón estate. It is here where, at the beginning of the 21st century, Domingo’s daughter and current owner, Lucila Bombal, has recreated a modern winery for the elaboration of fine wines of the highest quality.

 The present winery has followed the old tradition of maturation in French oak by giving birth to a wine aged in small barrels for 12 months after first being fermented in state-of-the-art stainless steel tanks.

 Next to the winery and adjacent to the gardens, the famous Chateau d’Ancón receives visitors seeking refuge in a refined environment in the foothills of the Andes.  The chateau was built in 1933 and since 1999 it has offered accommodation for visitors from all around the world, with six guest rooms available for booking between October and April. 

 

The Ancón estate is located in the foothills of the Andes range, with the imposing backdrop of Tupungato peak. Here, 2,300 hectares of vineyards, cherry, walnut and hazelnut trees grow in a region where soil, sun and water have created a privileged microclimate. The grapes, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bonarda and Malbec grow at 1,300 metres (4,300 feet) above sea level in the alluvial soil of sand and gravel. Wide daily temperature amplitude favours the development of wines of great balance and distinction, both in aroma and flavour.

At present Estancia Ancón produces wines in three varietals: Malbec, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce a high quality blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Pinot Noir, called ‘Gran Reserva de la Familia’. They elaborate a relatively small quantity of wine each year, with most of their grapes being sold to other wine producers. This means that they can be very selective in choosing only the very best grapes for their own wines.