Paul Hobbs, founding partner and winemaker at Viña Cobos, has worked since 1988 in the exploration of the different terroirs of Mendoza, looking for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and the Valle de Uco, to produce wines that uniquely express their origins.
With the inaugural vintage of Cobos Malbec in 1999, Viña Cobos marked a milestone in viticulture, defying existing standards and firmly positioned Malbec and Argentina on the international wine scene. Since then, the prestigious wines have been recognized around the globe by critics and consumers alike.
Luján de Cuyo:
Known historically as the premier wine-growing region in Mendoza. Its high elevation location in combination with a semi-desert climate and low-nutrient, gravelly soils provide ideal conditions for cultivation of quality fruit. The Mendoza River, one of the main sources of water for irrigation of the region, lends identity to the area, influencing the soils and delineating the areas of production.
Located here are the outstanding wine growing districts of Agrelo, Las Compuertas, Perdriel and Vistalba. Altitude varies between 800 m (2,624 ft) and 1,100 m (3,308 ft) above sea level and the cool temperate climate ensures optimum ripening of the grapes. The soil is made up of fine sediments of alluvial origin, with a subsoil comprised of sand and silty clay sediments.
Valle de Uco:
This astounding valley boasts magnificent scenery and a privileged location at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Irrigated by Tunuyán River and other mountain tributaries flowing through the region, this area is a true oasis of production.
It encompasses the Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos departments, which are further divided into notable districts including Los Chacayes, Altamira, El Peral, Gualtallary, La Consulta, Los Árboles, Villa Bastías and Villa Seca. Altitude varies from 900 m (2,952 ft) to 1,400 m (4,593 ft) above sea level, contributing to the broad annual temperature range, with generally cooler and harsher winters than in the center of the province. The soils are alluvial, and incredibly rocky with pebbles and stones of varying sizes scattered throughout.