Domaine Bousquet: where French heritage meets Argentine innovation

When the Bous­quet family arri­ved in Tupun­ga­to, Men­do­za in the 1990s, they found them­sel­ves a long way from their home in the southern French city of Car­cas­son­ne. It was not only nearly 7,000 miles away, but also a lands­ca­pe dra­ma­ti­cally dif­fe­rent from their Medi­te­rra­nean home­land. But, the Andes Moun­tains, with ele­va­tions reaching 22,838 feet, cap­ti­va­ted the ima­gi­na­tion of Jean Bous­quet, a third-gene­ra­tion wine­ma­ker who came to Argen­ti­na to explo­re a new world of wine­ma­king.

We saw only earth, sky and mountains—and potential—when we arri­ved in Tupun­ga­to.

The moun­tains also pro­vi­ded a back­drop for the buil­ding of the winery that would beco­me Domai­ne Bous­quet, esta­blished on a uni­que terroir in the Gual­ta­llary Valley. At 4,000 feet alti­tu­de, it’s one of the highest alti­tu­de vine­yards in Men­do­za. The view is pri­vi­le­ged and so is the land, cooled by cons­tant bree­zes, with well-drai­ned soils and low rain­fall pro­vi­ding ideal con­di­tions for gro­wing gra­pes.

Jean’s daugh­ter, Anne, reca­lled arri­ving in the still unk­nown region with “nothing there—no water, elec­tri­city, not even a road,” she says. But her father had tes­ted for water under­ground and found it 150 meters below. It was enough to put down a sta­ke. In 1997, Jean Bous­quet pur­cha­sed a 400-hec­ta­re par­cel (988 acres) of land that had never befo­re been cul­ti­va­ted.

Our first plan­tings in this incre­di­ble terroir.

That purity of land is trans­mit­ted through all aspects of the winery today, from sus­tai­na­ble far­ming and pro­duc­tion prac­ti­ces to an orga­nic way of thin­king. Domai­ne Bous­quet follows nature’s lead—not trends—at the same time doing what comes natu­ral to the family.

Today, Anne and her hus­band, Labid, ope­ra­te the winery and are dedi­ca­ted to far­ming orga­ni­cally, pro­mo­ting the valley’s uni­que bio­di­ver­sity and crea­ting a sus­tai­na­ble envi­ron­ment for deca­des to come. And, of cour­se, pro­du­cing expres­si­ve wines that reflect Tupungato’s dis­tin­cti­ve sen­se of pla­ce.

We look for­ward to sha­ring the story of our dual heri­ta­ges: both the one we inhe­ri­ted and the one we are still crea­ting.

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