Zorzal is an Argentine winery dedicated since 2008 to the development of high-quality wines. The Zorzal vineyards are located in the Uco Valley, Tupungato, 1,350 metres above sea-level, in the Gualtallary area. The winery belongs to Canadian investors and to the Michelini brothers, who are renowned for the passion that they put into heading up the work in the vineyards and winery. In November 2011 an agreement was made whereby Zorzal will be marketed worldwide exclusively through Grupo Belén.
The Zorzal terroir has a rocky limestone soil, with chalk-streaked stones, and a breeze from the Andes which makes it cool and healthy. It is at great altitude (1,350 metres above sea-level) and has a desert climate. All these features combine to make it an ideal place to achieve grapes of the highest quality, with unique personality. Zorzal finds its expression in respectful, non-invasive winemaking, preferring fruit to wood and austerity to exuberance.
Terroir Único and Gran Terroir
Field Blend, EGGO, Porfiado
> Matías Michelini / Winemaking Consultant
The winemaking consultant at Zorzal is considered by the international press as being one of the most successful professionals in the field, within the new generation of Argentina's wine industry. He obtained a degree in Winemaking at the Don Bosco winemaking school in the Province of Mendoza. He began working while still very young at various famous wineries in the Mendoza area, such as Finca Sophenia, Luigi Bosca and Doña Paula, among others. He is currently consultant to Finca Sophenia, Bodegas del Tupun and Bodega Familia Reina, in addition to Zorzal.
> Juan Pablo Michelini / Winemaker
Obtained a degree in Winemaking at Colegio Don Bosco, Mendoza's most important winemaking school. His studies included practical work in the bodega of the St Francis Winery in Sonoma, California. He began at the outstanding Argentine winery, Doña Paula, where he developed his experience of top-ranking wines. After two years he moved to Pomerol, France. During 2005 and 2006 he remained in the Cafayate Valley, learning the technique of high-altitude wines. He arrived in 2008 at Zorzal, in the Gualtallary Valley, Tupungato, a winery which, after just three years, managed to gain the place of honour for the best Malbec over USD 50 in the "Argentina Wines Awards", that country's most important competition.