(JUNE 2018) Uco Valley based winery Tapiz saw 32% growth in the U.S. market in 2017, landing at 34,400 cases shipped under importer Vino Del Sol.
This growth is largely driven by their Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, a high elevation single vineyard wine that grew 135% as a single sku in 2017. (Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon grew 23% overall across Vino Del Sol’s entire portfolio of wines.)
Importer Vino Del Sol believes that the brand continues to gain trust with American consumers for delivering consistent quality for value. Tapiz has gained fast U.S. distribution and quality recognition in the U.S. also with the help consulting winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet, of Petrus fame.
Owned by former medical doctor Patricia Ortiz, Tapiz exclusively crafts wines from sustainably farmed estate vineyards in Uco Valley. One of their marquee sites is San Pablo, which lies at 4,600 feet above sea level as one of the highest vineyards in Mendoza. The altitude extremes impart intense concentration and natural acidity to the wines, as demonstrated by the single vineyard Tapiz Alta Collection. Throughout the entire range of wines, winemakers Berrouet and Fabian Valenzuela work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry) of unfiltered fruit and oak aging, producing full-bodied yet elegant wines.
“We believe in our programs of state of the art technology in the winery, and close care in the vineyards. By utilizing only estate grown fruit, we can ensure that top vineyard practices are maintained year-round. Most of our wines are from single vineyards and all wines are from handpicked grapes,” says Patricia Ortiz, President, and owner of Tapiz.
This year, Wine Spectator named Tapiz a top 60 Smart Buy winery. In 2017, Wine & Spirits named Tapiz one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World. In 2017, Tapiz was also awarded a Gold Medal in BRIT’s Sustainable Winegrowing Competition.
Tapiz also serves as the parent company for two other Argentine wineries: Zolo, which focuses exclusively on estate fruit from Lujan de Cuyo, and Wapisa, a coastal Patagonian winery which launched in the U.S. last year.