Bodega El Esteco is located in the Cafayate Valley, known as the world’s highest growing region, in Argentina’s northwest province of Salta. They own more than 1,500 acres of prime vineyards in Cafayate, where their commitment to the environment has led them to practice “Zero Farming” techniques.
Located on the Bodega El Esteco estate – with their vineyards standing at the extreme elevations of 5,500-6,600 feet above sea level – Michel Torino is the most important winery in Argentina’s Cafayate Valley.
Brothers Salvador and David Michel founded the winery in 1892, 22 years after discovering the Cafayate as an area suitable for fine wine production. This unique climate averages 330-340 sunny days per year with a low humidity and a great thermal range, with evenly warm days (82 degrees) and cool nights. Rainfall is sparse, averaging just 3-6 inches annually.
Each of the Bodega El Esteco wines is hand-harvested in the estate’s own vineyards high in the Andean foothills. The estate practices sustainable, environmentally friendly farming by minimizing the use of fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard and winery.
The unique Cafayate climate manifests itself in the elegant, focused profile of Bodega El Esteco wines. These are wines with an indelible sense of place, wines which complement food rather than overpower, wines, which are true to their origin.