Company Will Invest 85 Million Dollars In The Province

It’s about Owen Illinois, the greatest glass producer in the World with an annual production of 8 billion dollars that will install himself in Mendoza. The company’s representatives will meet with Celso Jaque.

Governor Celso Jaque met this morning with representatives of a North American glassmaker that claims to invest US$ 85 million in the province.  Participants in the meeting include the Minister of Production Guillermo Migliozzi and the Director of the Investment Agency ProsperAr, Beatriz Nofal.

This investment is doubly important, first of all because we’re talking about 85 million dollars and more than 200 direct jobs; secondly, because it demonstrated confidence in the country and the province in an extremely difficult moment for finances on a world scale,

Guillermo Migliozzi and Beatriz Nofal synthesized to close the meeting the with the foreign investors.

Owen Illinois, the greatest glass maker in the world, with an annual production of 8 billion dollars, visited the Province for the second time to conclude details for the construction of a plant that will occupy a property of 100,000 square meters and will directly employ highly qualified labor.  

This investment will permit, in addition to the generation of direct jobs, a multiplying effect for the economy of Mendoza, since it will be able to depend on higher quality and better prices in reference to glass bottles for producing wine, and greater movement in general, above all in logistic terms

The location of the project the department of San Rafael has been proposed, “for industrial development of this zone and for the policy established regarding the value of industrial parks that we are carrying out” argued Migliozzi; however, he clarified that “the businessmen have the last word and tomorrow (Wednesday the 22nd of October) they will tour the south of the province to observe what until now they have only seen on paper.” It is necessary to mention that the choice of the location depends, in greatest measure, on the proximity to the sites from which the raw materials for glass production come (special sands) and to the principal supply centers for the rest of the consumption.

The business’ retinue is composed by the vice president of the firm and the technicians responsible for the business and finance areas for Latin America.  On his part, the Governor of Mendoza arranged a series of meetings with the different ministries in order to coordinate actions in accordance with the policies that are being carried out in energetic, legal and tax matters, among other aspects.

“This phase of definition”—added Nofal—“is the consequence of the work to articulate itself that the province has accomplished on a local and national level in order to facilitate better decision making on the part of investors; in this sense the Agency ProsperAr and the Ministry of Production have worked like a mirror in the coordination of activities.”

Golf on Cotton Fields

The San Rafael Bodega Viñas del Golf was acquired by a group of North American investors, its name was changed, and its production will increase.

The department of San Rafael is one of the bastions of Mendoza’s wine culture. Birthplace of large wine cellars like Jean Rivier, Valentin Bianchi, Roca and Goyenechea, it is the second most important department of the province in terms of wine culture, with a cultivated surface of more than 16,000 hectares. Specifically, one of the icons of the zone is the wine cellar “Viñas del Golf,” a very promising enterprise.

The story begins in 1995, when Richard Jurado was summoned by a group of San Rafael golfers to advise them in the construction of a field. As a result of this trip to the lands of southern Mendoza, Jurado fell profoundly in love with the region and the local wine culture. Consequently, the project that at first only included golf courses gradually began to grow until it also contained vineyards, a wine cellar, a restaurant (Great Wine Capitals Gold Medal for Best Restaurant in Wine Tourism) and a lodge.

The construction of the wine cellar began on an estate of more than 350 hectares in October 2002 and was made in phases, the first of which was finalized in 2003. The conservation and preservation room is at ground level, while the wines mature in the subterranean cave.

Currently, the establishment works on a small scale.  It is harvested and filled by hand and placed in French Oak Barrels.  Then, the bottles are carefully labeled by hand and sold exclusively as well as –of course- in its own restaurant.
Wines with High Handicap

Viñas del Golf has various high quality lines of wine among which two are highlighted: Blend’s and Oak Barrel Aged.

The first is an integration of Grand Blend 2003 and Blend Rosé 2006.  Grand Blend 2003 is a cut of 23% Merlot, 26%Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Bonarda.  It has an intense black color, aromas of spices like cinnamon, a scent of nail, nutmeg, black pepper, anise, as well as ripe plum, truffles and coffee.   A fresh and sweet entrance makes way for a velvety texture of great persistence and a pleasant finish.   As far as the Blend Rosé 2006, the acidic red fruits are emphasized, especially strawberries and raspberries that give the wine a cherry red color of medium intensity.   Its aroma has important notes contributed by the syrah. It has a sweet entrance into the mouth, a little acidic and fresh.

On its behalf, the Oak Barrel Aged is comprised of Bonarda, Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec, all from 2003.  They are wines of strong character and complexity, aromatized with notes of black pepper, chocolate, toasted coffee, red fruits and vanilla.  In the mouth, they are perceived as very structured, intense, harmonious, and persistent.

Identity Change

Months ago, Viñas de Golf was acquired by the North American group of investors “Cotton” that decided to apply their name to the traditional wine cellar, in spite of the fact that the brand already had made a name in the province and the country.  Part of this strategy was to put up signs, from the city to the establishment, with the new name. Naturally, more than one got lost trying to arrive, including us…

Algodón Wine Estates plans to increase current production of Viñas del Golf from 90,000 to half a million bottles, according to Leonardo Bazan, from the wine cellar.  In addition, the wine’s image has changed with the redesigning of its labels with the new name, “Algodón Viñas de Golf.”

In spite of all of these changes, what’s essential remains in tact.  Call it Algodón or Viñas de Golf, the wines from this cellar are worthy of flattery and recognition by all those who have the pleasure to taste them.  They are a true ‘hole in one’ of Mendoza’s wine culture.