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 Pinot Noir red wine from their family owned vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina often surprises everyone who drinks it for the first time. It is smooth, light and drinks beautifully. Often people do not think of Argentina as a region that creates beautiful Pinot Noir wines.
10% of this red wine spends 12 months in new French oak barrels and then 18 months in the bottle before its release to the market. One of the best aspects to this wine is that it is Grown with no herbicides or pesticides.
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.”
The 2013 Allamand Valle de Uco Pinot Noir comes from the JP Calandria's vineyard located in the district of El Peral, part of the department of Tupungato, and one of the highest places in Valle de Uco.
There are only 5,000 bottles of the 2013 vintage, making this Pinot Noir a rare and limited wine.
You will find this wine is naturally high in acidity. The wild berry and cherry notes are accented with a hint of oak as only 10% of the juice was aged in French oak.
- 10% of wine spent 12 months in French Oak
- Followed by 18 months in the bottle before released to you
- Grown with no herbicides or pesticides
- Naturally high in acid
- Wild berries
“Smooth and bold, knowing that we had something so good and so unique made drinking this wine extremely enjoyable. There is no limit on what you can pair this wine with.” Pinot Noir 2013 Allamand Valle De Uco. - Florrie Geoffroy