About Terrazas de los Andes
In the 1950s, Moet realized that the global demand for sparkling wines was outpacing their production capabilities. They began searching for ideal vineyard locations outside of France. They ended up settling on Mendoza, founding Bodegas Chandon, known for its fruity sparkling wines. In 1991 Moet-Hennessy began their foray into still wine, and by the end of the decade had founded Terrazas de los Andes for this purpose. Technically an offshoot of Bodegas Chandon (the two are a quick drive from each other), Terrazas de los Andes specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and old-vine Malbec. This is a major operation, drawing grapes from several vineyards throughout Mendoza. Terrazas focuses on matching varietal to elevation -- 1200 m for Chardonnay, 1100m for Malbec, 980m for Cabernet. Winemaker Adrian Meyer's reserva and afincado (formerly gran reserva) line-ups are impressively concentrated, tannic wines in a modern style, made mostly from the massive vineyard holdings of the parent company. Cheval des Andes, a Cabernet-Malbec blend, is a joint venture between Terrazas and Pierre Lurton, director of Château Cheval Blanc.