In 1998 a group of Italian and Argentine friends embarked on a pioneering journey. Their aim was to realise a long-held dream: making truly great wine in Argentina. This was an ambitious project at a time when Argentina was mainly known for mass-produced, inexpensive, commercial wines. In 1999, flying in the face of convention, the company of Achaval Ferrer was born. Their quest, fuelled by enthusiasm and passion was, and is, not only to produce world-class quality but also to remain faithful to their origins. It is the vineyards not the winemaking, which are deemed fundamental, the very essence of the finished wine. That said, luring talented, award-winning winemaker Tuscan winemaker Roberto Cipresso from his beloved Italy was something of a coup. He too believes that success lies in the vineyard and that his role is to allow the vines and the land to achieve their maximum expression in the wines.