(JULY 2018) Luján de Cuyo based winery Zolo saw 23% growth in the U.S. market last year, sitting at 50,000 cases shipped at the close of 2017 under importer Vino Del Sol.
For Zolo, much of this growth was seen in its Signature tier, comprised of value driven red, white and rosé blends.
Zolo has gained fast U.S. distribution and quality recognition in the U.S. under importer Vino Del Sol, and with the help consulting winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet, of Petrus fame. Importer Vino Del Sol brought in the first vintage of Zolo 14 years ago and the brand continues to gain trust with American consumers for delivering consistent quality for value.
Zolo is a pure expression of Luján de Cuyo terroir, one of Mendoza’s premier sub-appellations. Zolo is among the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina, investing heavily in research and development and sustainability practices. All Zolo wines are made entirely from estate vineyards in Agrelo, Alto Agrelo, and Luján de Cuyo. Residing close to the Andes at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1100 meters above sea level, each of these vineyard terroirs benefits from intense diurnal temperature variations and alpine winds that allow for slow ripening and acid retention.
“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.
Zolo recently launched Zolo Signature Rosé, a terroir driven wine from two high altitude estate vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, offered at an SRP of $10. The name Zolo is a play on words for Solo, and the shadowy man in their logo is a pun of Patricia’s husband who is often left at home in Buenos Aires. Zolo is open to the public with hospitality experiences that include guided tastings and horse drawn carriage tours through the vineyards. Visitors to Mendoza may also book lodging at Club Tapiz, a restored and historic ranch home that is now a luxury boutique hotel.
Zolo is a subsidiary winery of Tapiz, which is owned by vintner and former medical doctor Patricia Ortiz. Last year, Tapiz saw similar success with 32% growth in the U.S. in 2017. In 2017, Tapiz also introduced Wapisa to the U.S., a winery focused entirely on coastal Patagonian terroir.
For more information about Patricia Ortiz, Tapiz, Zolo and Wapisa wineries, please reach out to [email protected].