The Bousquet family hail from the city of Carcassonne, in the South of France and have 4 generations of history in the winemaking tradition. Our passion is to produce wines of superior quality and this is what lead us to Argentina to begin a new chapter.

 

A 1990 vaca­tion in Argen­ti­na was all it took. For third-gene­­ra­­tion wine­ma­ker Jean Bous­quet, it was love at first sight. The object of the Frenchman’s desire: the Gual­ta­llary Valley, a sce­nic, remo­te, arid terrain high in the Tupun­ga­to dis­trict of the Uco Valley in Argentina’s Men­do­za region, clo­se to the bor­der with Chi­le. Here, whe­re the con­dors fly and not a vine in sight, Bous­quet dis­co­ve­red his dream terroir, an ideal loca­tion in which to nur­tu­re orga­­ni­­cally-grown wines.

With alti­tu­des ran­ging up to 5,249 feet, Gual­ta­llary occu­pies the hig­hest extre­mes of Mendoza’s viti­cul­tu­ral limits. Fast-for­­ward to the pre­sent and wine cog­nos­cen­ti recog­ni­ze it as the sour­ce of some of Mendoza’s finest wines. Back then, it was vir­gin terri­tory: tracts of semi-desert, not­hing plan­ted, no water abo­ve ground, no elec­tri­city and a sin­gle dirt track by way of access. Locals dis­mis­sed the area as too cold for gro­wing gra­pes. Bous­quet, on the other hand, rec­ko­ned he’d found the per­fect blend bet­ween his French home­land and the New World (sunny, with high natu­ral aci­dity and a poten­tial for rela­ti­vely fruit-for­­ward wines).

Bousquet’s daugh­ter, eco­no­mist Anne Bous­quet, and her hus­band Labid Al Ame­ri, a suc­cess­ful tra­der with Fide­lity in Bos­ton, found them­sel­ves increa­singly drawn to the cau­se, inclu­ding the oppor­tu­nity it offe­red to put their sha­red phi­lo­sophy on sus­tai­na­bi­lity into effect. After a 2002 trip to Argen­ti­na, the couple began to invest in Domai­ne Bous­quet. In 2005, Al Ame­ri joi­ned his fat­her-in-law full time, hel­ping with the cons­truc­tion of the winery. Anne con­ti­nued her work as an eco­no­mist, befo­re joi­ning the com­pany in 2008. In 2009, the couple moved to Tupun­ga­to full-time, assu­ming full owners­hip of Domai­ne Bous­quet in 2011.

Nowa­days, Domai­ne Bous­quet pro­du­ces 4 million liters a year and export 95% of its volu­me to more than 50 coun­tries. With our own import com­pa­nies in the USA, Euro­pe, and Bra­zil, Domai­ne Bous­quet currently ranks in the top 20 Argen­ti­ne wine­ries in terms of exports and is the lea­der in orga­nic wine.

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