In 1925, Rutini Wines became the first winery to plant vines in the Uco Valley, which today is world-renowned as one of the top wine-producing regions in Mendoza and all of Argentina.
Rutini Wines has 400 hectares of vineyards at altitudes ranging between 1,050 and 1,200 meters above sea level. The viticulture team strives to grow grapes of the highest quality. To that end, they limit the vines production, employ an excellent irrigation system, and allow the fruit to reach the optimal level of ripeness before harvesting.
Rutini Wines’ new winery is part of a project that will be carried out in a number of phases. Seventy percent of the construction is already complete: production facilities, the grape receiving area, presses, stainless-steel tanks, and new traditional-style concrete vats. The winery currently produces 4 million liters of the 6 million Rutini expects to achieve. State-of- the-art technology enhances and complements the eager pursuit of excellence exhibited by our enologist and his team.
Rutini Wines currently has two sorting lines. The first, which is optical, consists of a conveyor belt that carries the destemmed grapes under the lens of a camera, which takes a photo of them. The image is analyzed using a computer program that determines which grapes should be discarded and which should not based on three parameters: shape, color, and size. Once the decision has been made, the program sends the instruction to 150 solenoid valves located at the end of the belt to separate the defective grapes using pressurized air. Thanks to this technology, we have achieved excellent homogeneity in our grape selection, since we are able to separate damaged, dried-out, and moldy grapes as well as plant debris (leaves and stems).
The head enologist of Rutini Wines and the leader of the project, Mariano Di Paola, explains: “The winery is designed for making ultra-premium wines, with the grapes moving under the effects of gravity, making pumps unnecessary. This is a very special undertaking for me and the entire company, which has demonstrated enormous trust by making this significant investment. It represents many years of work, hope, and passion from people who have given their all every day to reach this goal.”
From the start, Felipe Rutini was guided by the motto “Labor and perseverance.” This attitude shaped the development of his wines, which became synonymous with superlative quality.
Following his innovative spirit, in 1925 the winery began to plant vines in the Uco Valley.
From those first pioneering vines, the region has continued to expand its plantings and become one of the primary wine-producing areas in Mendoza. In the 1990s, the original Bodega La Rural facilities in Coquimbito were completely renovated, incorporating cutting-edge technology into the nineteenth-century structure. Today that property houses the Bodega La Rural Wine Museum, where visitors can learn about Felipe Rutini’s first forays into wine production and witness the evolution of traditional techniques and machinery.
In keeping with its founder’s drive for excellence, in 2008 construction began on a new Rutini Wines facility in Tupungato, within the Uco Valley. It is there that our top level wines, such as Felipe Rutini, Apartado, Antología, Single Vineyard , Colección Rutini, Encuentro, and Trumpeter wines are currently produced. Our Uco Valley vineyards comprise more than 400 hectares at an altitude of between 1,050 and 1,200 meters above sea level. An additional 120 hectares of fields that are currently being planted with vines will expand the winery’s possibilities for producing unique wines that are carefully tended to and nurtured from the very beginning.