About the story….
The year is 1908. Nazzarreno Savina -18-year-old- and Sebastiano Accorrà -20-year-old- are leaving their native Italy where they worked in vine growing… They boarded a boat to make the incredible adventure of the Atlantic crossing in search of new prospects and better lives …
Their destination? Argentina, the southernmost tip of the planet, a far-off and unfamiliar land, full of mystery and promise.
Argentina opened its arms to immigrants from across Europe These migration trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries definitely forged modern-day Argentina
Mendoza Region The main and most prestigious wine region is the Mendoza area. Buenos Aires
Its altitude and dry/sunny climate make it one of the best places in South America and it is nowadays considered one of the world’s top10 wine growing soils
About the argentinien wine culture …. Wine culture started in Argentina in the early 16th century when priest and missionary orders settled and introduced in this region of the Spanish colony the first grapevines.
Wine production was quite limited until the early 19th century Most of today’s grape varieties came originally from France, arriving in Mendoza in the latter half of the 19th century, well before phylloxera destroyed almost all the vineyards of Europe, America and Australia. Argentina remained one of the rare places in the world not ravaged by the insect. Consequently, most Argentinian vineyards have retained their origin character.
Argentina is among the top 5 world wine producers after France, Italy, Spain and USA
The principal wine growing areas are situated between the 22º and 42º South latitude along the Andes mountain range
Vineyards are mainly located between 750 and 1500 (some of them at 2300) meters above sea level
Mendoza is one of the nine regions worldwide -the only one in Latin America- in the network of Great Wine Capitals of the world
“Terroirs” make the difference…
The varieties such as Cabernets and Merlot adapted remarkably well to Mendoza soil. However, the most iconic example is the Malbec variety. The Mendoza’s soil and climatic conditions enabled Malbec to show its true nobility revealing its potential and unique identity to the world. We might say that, in Argentina, Malbec has established its pedigree and found its true home.
“Terroirs” make the difference… Tiano and Nareno selected and worked the best vineyards of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. They are located in the north of Mendoza, in Lujan de Cuyo region: Vistalba, Las Compuertas, Agrelo and Perdriel
Tiano & Nareno and coworkers Agrelo, 1912
Climatology: average altitude of 1000 metres, low annual rainfall (250300 mm), with 300 days of sunshine a year. Nights are cool and thus create an extended, optimal ripening period. The difference in temperature between day and night is usually over 15. These conditions allow reducing the need for pesticide treatments. Soil: deep, permeable and poor in organic matter. The stony subsoil comprising mostly limestone deposits is ideal for wines of very high quality.
A dream becomes true…
Inspired by Tiano and Nareno lives, their passion, their experience, their notes about these particular vineyards, we wanted to make an unique and exclusive wine from some of the same parcels they worked.
2005-2010: 5 years of hard and meticulous search to achieve the first vintage….
A tribute to my grandfathers, Tiano and Nareno
2010, First Vintage… The outstanding quality of 2010 Malbec on the selected plots (best parcels of 7 hectares / 50-100 years old vineyards) led to the production of a wine based exclusively on this variety. The wine is the fruit of a land, a grape and a harvest.
Tiano & Nareno 2010 Vintage Harvest: started on 31 March and finished on 10 April Wine-making: grapes are harvested gently into small 18 kg crates ensuring they arrive at the winery in perfect condition. They are then subjected to strict selection and a rigorous grape-by-grape sorting process. The traditional maceration is made in stainless steel vats for allowing a perfect temperature control. They then spend 12 months ageing in French oak; 80% of new and 20% of old barrels.
Wine-Makers: Federico Sanchez under Roberto De la Motta direction
Tiano & Nareno 2010 Vintage… Magnums only The highly selective production of the 2010 vintage led us to choice only one format: MAGNUM. Tiano & Nareno 2010 produced just 880 magnums.
Two reasons behind this daring choice: Technical: Tiano and Nareno used to say that the magnum format is the most suitable for ageing and storing fine wines, a view shared today by the overwhelming majority of wine professionals and wine lovers worldwide. It was, therefore, the most natural thing in the world for Tiano & Nareno to adopt the practice of offering only magnums for this first vintage. Sentimental: The content of a magnum is equivalent to two bottles; two, like Tiano and Nareno, whose courage and passion inspired this wine.
Tasting Colour: bright and deep, an intense and elegant cherry red with redpurple hightligths.
Flavors and Aromas: it opens with intense aromas of ripe fruit, black cherries, plums and liquorice. This is followed by notes of vanilla and caramel, rounded off with subtly melting toasted hints, a sign of excellent control of the barrelageing process. The most original of all the aromatic notes is the final flourish of violets scent. Palate:
powerful, full-bodied with a delicated acidity. Finely structured. Despite its youth, this is a smooth wine with rounded, soft, velvety and well managed tannins. Very elegant, concentrated and complex yet restrained, with a long and satisfying finish.
2010 vintage will develop slowly and we believe it will keep for 30 years or more
Tiano & Nareno 2010 Composition: Malbec 100% Format: 880 Magnums
Tiano & Nareno 2011- 2012: no production Tiano & Nareno 2013 Composition: Blend (Malbec 85% and Cabernet Franc 15%) Formats: 8900 Bottles and 640 Magnums
Tiano & Nareno 2014 Composition: Blend (Malbec 90% and Cabernet Franc 10%)
Courage and Passion inspired this unique and exclusive wine
For centuries, indigenous people and Gauchos have used the feathers of the Ñandú (a native bird from Argentina resembling the ostrich). They are assembled in groups of 8 to form a circle that seems to be in perpetual movement as though spinning into infinity. This figure is a symbol of Argentinean traditions and culture, and for many it represents a lucky charm.
It signifies many things at once – a source of prosperity, strength, luck and wealth. In 1908, my two grandfathers, Tiano and Nareno, came to Argentina in the hope of forging better lives for themselves.
I wished to make the symbol part of the label of this great wine that pays tribute to them.