This wine brand is the best showcase of winemaker Cristian Allamand capabilities. Derived from vintages he considers to be outstanding. This is a wine with no rules and no preconceived notions as to how to make it. It can be a 100% single varietal from a single vineyard or a blend of several varieties from one or many of the vineyards he personally oversees.
The 2013 vintage is a blend 90% Cabernet Franc 10 % Malbec, and has an 89 point rating
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017: Commended
Perfect to drink today or keep in your cellar and age for an even greater value and expression.
“The best wine from Argentina I’ve ever had! Worth every penny. The complexity intrigues yet the palate can’t get enough. The winemaker outdid himself. 5 stars SUPERB!” Allamand H - Silvana Moyano
Well before co-owner of Bodega Luminis, Martin Castro embarked on his 20+ year wine career, he got very sick. His entire family was in Argentina as he studied abroad to become an engineer at a university in the USA. He had no family to guide him during this difficult time, with the exception of his host family, which he learned to rely on heavily. This family took care of him, nurtured and supported him during this scary, uncertain moment in his life. They helped him navigate those unknown waters. Communication between them and his family became regular and with time, Martin received the treatment that would heal him. It was at that time when he recognized the importance and critical necessity of love, guidance and encouragement. At that moment he vowed to one day give back to those who couldn’t help themselves.
“When Mariagrazia was introduced to me by my mother, I listened to her passion, her story and the reason why she was starting the wine company. I was confronted with an opportunity to fulfill the promise I told myself in university. I knew I had to help her help those that couldn’t help themselves.” Martin enthusiastically describes.
Martin says that he feels a sense of responsibility knowing that he and his team are able to work with a wine company that is changing the lives of young people that were made orphans.
The Bodega Luminis owners all grew up on family ‘fincas’ vineyard farms. He says he got into the wine industry because he always wanted to have the grapes that his grandmother planted transformed into a good wine. Now he is able to marry his passion and heritage in wine with the promise to help others make, creating what he says is, “the perfect blend.”
Where the grapes grow, how they are tended and by whom they are tended by are what he believes to be the most important aspect to producing a great wine. “The perfect imbalances in a wine’s personality make a wine beautiful, unique, pleasurable to the palette,” Martin.
“You see our winemaker Christian Allamand, is one of the few that works just as much if not more on the vineyard than he does on the wine. Our philosophy is steeped in the belief that we must grant people a sense of place from each specific, varied and beautiful regions of Mendoza, Argentina. Each grape, based on its geographical location, atmosphere, and soil is uniquely positioned to showcase something rare. There is no need to manipulate the grapes to produce an inauthentic expression of a region,” Martin passionately explains.
When you couple this intense work ethic and passion to our 100% manual harvesting process you get a pure, unspoiled expression in the bottle that started well before the fermentation process.
Bodega Luminis is a boutique vineyard and winery with a team of only 2 full time teammates working throughout the year. When harvest or bottling season approaches they hire 20 - 30 teammates. Often the same men and women join their team and get the delicate work done in time to create the wine you drink today.
For instance, this red wine from their family owned vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina often surprises everyone who drinks it for the first time. It is a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc 10% Malbec. It can be a 100% single varietal from a single vineyard or a blend of several varieties from one or many of the vineyards he personally oversees.
In general ‘the Mendoza wine region’ is the only name associated with Argentine wine. However, the Luminis vineyards winemaker, Christian cultivates vines in the two most important sub-regions in Mendoza: Finca Federico Villafañe, Finca La Esperanza, and Finca JP Calandria, all located in the Valle de Uco sub-region, and Finca La Lucita, and Finca de Joaquín Villanueva, both located in the region of Luján de Cuyo, part of the High Mendoza River sub-region.
Martin states, “we believe it is important for any person approaching wine from Argentina to learn a little bit more about the macro characteristics of each sub-region in Mendoza in order to better appreciate and better understand the wines and the people that work behind them.”
Only 3,300 bottles have been produced of this 2013 Allamand H. It has hints of mint, sage, mixed berry and dark chocolate.