Goyenechea Winery was founded in 1868 by the brothers Santiago and Narciso Goyenechea. These Spanish immigrants commenced their business activity in Argentina by establishing wine and spirits stores in Buenos Aires. Later on they purchased an estate and winery in Villa Atuel, to the south of the Mendoza Province. A few decades later, between 1930 and 1940, the Goyenechea and the Arizu families planted vines and developed the largest vineyard in the world. By that time, their wines were sold everywhere in Argentina under different labels and the third family generation was managing the winery.
Towards 1965, the fourth generation joined the family business, and the winery started focusing exclusively on fine bottled wines. In 1993, Goyenechea founded the first Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) (San Rafael) Board in Argentina. It was also the first winery in the Americas to export an A.O.C. wine: the Chardonnay of that year’s vintage. In 1998, the fifth generation started working in the traditional family company. Today, the fourth and fifth generations work together with the same dedication and commitment as their predecessors, making Goyenechea a true family-run business in the world of winemaking.
Today the winery is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which includes stainless-steel tanks, cooling equipment, barrel room, storage room for bottle aging -all in a temperature-controlled environment-, and a tasting room, among other innovations. At present, Goyenecha Winery’s production, though smaller in volume than at earlier stages, is much more diversified and aimed at greater added value. Only quality bottled wines are produced in three categories: basic varietals, premium and grand reserve.
The future of the winery is envisioned as focusing on diversity and quality, in the hope of becoming a major referent from the south of Mendoza. The tasks to develop -already underway- embrace Quality Certification, enforcement of sustainability and environmental-care criteria regarding both vineyards and winemaking processes, and carbon footprint tracking, among others. As a basis for distinctiveness, Goyenechea relies on a thorough understanding of the winemaking potential of the vineyard different lots.
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