Cara Sur

  • San Juan, Argentina

Cara Sur is a small winery formed in 2011 as a partnership between two couples who were inspired to revive ancestral vines and produce wines from traditional Argentine varietals. Sebastián Zuccardi and Marcela Manini teamed up with Nuria Año Gargiulo and Pancho Burgallo, an avid mountaineering couple who live in Barreal, in the Calingasta Valley of San Juan, north of Mendoza. This mountaineering spirit is represented in the name: Cara Sur translates to "south face" and refers to the more challenging approach to Cerro Mercedario, one of Argentina’s tallest peaks, which can be seen from Panch and Nuria's hometown of Barreal.

Sebastian and Marcela regularly make the trip north to Barreal to work alongside Pancho and Nuria, and the quartet produces wines made from 80 year old Muscatel, Muscatel Negro, Bonarda, and Criola Chica, the Argentine iteration of País (a.k.a. Listán Prieto, a.k.a.Mission). The vineyard sits alongside the Los Patos River in Barreal on stony soil at 1500 meters above sea level. The vines were trained to a Parral, a ceiling-trellised system that provides shade and maximizes airflow. The wines are made in a tiny winery next to Pancho and Nuria’s home, where they produce small quantities via minimal intervention. This team at Cara Sur are quietly producing some of the most unique wines from one of the most underrated microclimates of Argentina. 

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Criolla Chica
País (Mission)
Their Criolla comes from one of the oldest vineyards they work with. The vines here are more than 80 years old. Fermented partially with... Read More

Moscatel Blanco
This wine is made from 50-year old vines. Grapes were destemmed and fermented dry on the skins with native yeasts. Aged for a little over 6... Read More

Moscatel Tinto
Made in concrete. After macerating on skins for 20 days, only 20% of the must was pressed and added back to the juice.

The Tinto is mostly Bonarda (70%) with some Barbera and Malbec. The grapes were foot-trodden in concrete, and macerated whole-cluster for... Read More