The longtime vineyard manager for Argentina's Bodegas Esmeralda, Pedro Marchevsky, and his wife, winemaker Susana Balbo, recently completed construction on their own winery facility in time for the Southern Hemisphere's 2002 harvest.
The winery will be the home for Marchevsky's BenMarco label and Balbo's eponymous label, which were previously made at a rented facility. Both brands debuted in the United States in late 2000 with wines from the excellent 1999 vintage. BenMarco and Susana Balbo, which produce wines based on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, are part of the growing group of small-production, high-quality reds coming out of Argentina.
The couple's new winery, called Dominio del Plata, is located in Agrelo, in the Luján de Cuyo part of the Mendoza wine region, and is situated in the middle of their vineyard of more than 50 acres.
Marchevsky reported crushing Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Bonarda, Syrah, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot this year, with initial reports indicating an outstanding vintage for red wines. Using estate and purchased grapes, Marchesvky and Balbo now have the capacity to produce 50,000 cases annually at Dominio del Plata.
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