Established in 1831, making it one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. Also, Bodega Colome can claim to having some of the highest vineyards in the world at 2,300 – 3,000 meters above sea level. While most of the wineries in Argentina are located in the state of Mendoza, Bodega Colome is located to the north in the state of Salta. The vineyards are planted at the high altitude. The oldest vines on the property were planted in 1854, and they are Cabernet and Malbec vines. These old vines are still used in the production of wines today. Donald Hess has a very interesting background story. He grew up in Switzerland and took over the family beer business in his early twenties when his father passed away. He ran and grew the business, and started a bottled mineral water company which became Switzerland’s biggest such company. Always passionate about wine and art, he founded the Hess Collection Winery in Napa Valley which was his first winery and now Bodega Colome in the Calchaqui Valley in Salta and are now responsible for making premium wines from some of the highest vineyards in the world. Bodega Colome has four vineyards that they source fruit from, all with differing altitudes and exposures, but the key element stays the same: the high altitude and the intensity of the vines to retain balance and greater flavor intensity.
The vinification is soft but long, and so is the élevage, extended to two years in well-seasoned neutral barriques. This is really rich and heady, developing layers and layers of aromas and especially a superb texture and a tactile sensation that reminded me of velvetly bliss. Floral, with plenty of wild herbs that transported me to the place of no return, this is one of the most distinct and unique Malbecs from Argentina. The Malbec that dreams are made of!