From high in the Andes surrounding Salta come Piattelli's Cafayate wines, grown at an elevation of over 1,795 metres. The distinctively colourful north western Argentinian mountains are formed of many geological layers. The splendour of this area, with its pure water and extreme thermal amplitudes, is that it produces grapes bursting with flavour, making this not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the premier grape growing regions in the world. The wine is named after the high altitude vineyards, ‘Alto’ meaning high and ‘Molino’, which translates as mill, taking its name from an old grain mill which was constructed by the Jesuits in 1665 which sits at the entrance of the Piattelli vineyard in Cafayate.
Vinified in the gravity fed winery, fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of between 24 to 28°C with selected yeasts. Pump overs and rack and returns were employed to obtain the desired levels of colour and flavour extraction. Malolactic conversion occurred naturally and when this had finished, the wine was separated from the solids and the free-run wine was stored in tanks until bottling. This wine was made in an unoaked style, preserving the purity of fruit.