(Mendoza, Argentina. September 2022) — Guided by a premise of innovation and the challenge of opening new paths in high-quality winemaking, Kaikén Wines, from Mendoza, Argentina is pleased to announce an alliance with its brand-new importer, Arano USA, to market and distribute Kaikén Wines throughout the United States.
“We are proud to have established this new alliance with Arano, and to be able to reach new clients and final consumers who seek to discover the true Argentine terroir through our wines” explains Anita Correas Argerich, Commercial Director of Kaikén Winery.
Based in Miami, Florida, Arano USA is a national importer dedicated to bringing exceptional and authentic wines from around the world to American consumers, and Kaikén Wines is no exception.
“It is an honor to welcome one of Argentina’s most prestigious wineries to our company. Kaikén will help Arano achieve its goal of becoming the foremost importer of fine wines from Spanish and Latin American family wineries” said Victor Urrutia, Manager, Arano USA.
The Kaikén Wines portfolio covers several tiers and styles:
- Kaikén Estate which includes a Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec Rose, and a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 50/50 blend
- Kaikén Indómito which includes Indómito Cabernet Franc and Indómito Malbec
- Kaikén Ultra which includes a Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir – the first wine in the Kaikén portfolio sourced from Patagonia
- Kaikén Wines also produces a prestige red blend called ‘Disobedience by Francis Mallmann’ and a prestige cuvée called ‘Mai’.
Kaikén Disobedience by Francis Mallmann, a red wine blend comprising of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot celebrates a collaboration of many years between well-known Argentinian Chef Francis Mallmann and Kaikén Wines. Known for his distinct style of open fire cooking, ably depicted in the first season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Mallman’s unstoppable and unique nature is captured by the name ‘Disobedience’. The grapes are sourced from Kaikén’s vineyards in the Altamira sub region of the Uco Valley and the Vistalba sub region of Luján de Cuyo.
Finally, this Argentinian winery, presents “Kaikén Mai”, its first Icon Wine, a synonym of uniqueness and expertise inherited Kaikén’s founder, Aurelio Montes. Mai, in the language of the Pehuenche, one of the native peoples of Mendoza, means ‘first’, and is produced from Kaikén’s 125-year-old Malbec vineyards in the Vistalba sub region of Luján de Cuyo. Mai is the result of a constant search for excellence.
Owned by Montes of Chile, Kaikén Wines was established in Luján de Cuyo in 2001 although the Kaikén winery actually dates back to 1920. Kaikén owns six hundred acres of vineyards throughout Mendoza: Vistalba and Agrelo in Luján de Cuyo and Los Chacayes in the Uco Valley. Kaikén winery is located in the district of Vistalba and relies on state-of-the-art technology to produce wines that stand out for their elegance and modern style without compromising varietal typicity.
About the Winemaker, Gustavo Hörmann
With an important history at both Montes estates, in Chile and Argentina, Gustavo is a Chilean winemaker who first started working with Viña Montes in 2002. In 2005 he became the Head winemaker at Viña Montes, before moving to Mendoza in 2016 to become head winemaker at Kaikén. Today Gustavo resides in Mendoza with his family.
About Kaikén Wines
In 2000, Aurelio Montes, winemaker and founding member of Viña Montes in Chile, visited Mendoza and fell in love with its people, its terroir, the winegrowing culture, and the opportunity to both learn and contribute his experience, anticipating the enormous potential of the area and Argentine vineyards in general. After a series of exploratory trips, Kaikén Wines was born in 2002. Much like the caiquenes, the wild geese that fly over Patagonia between Chile and Argentina, Mr. Montes decided to cross the Andes with a firm purpose in mind: making great wines by combining the exceptional geographical conditions offered by Mendoza with the work and talent of both Chilean and Argentine experts.
Arano currently represents a growing selection of still and sparkling wines from Spain and Argentina that deliver on quality, excellence, and taste. Ranging from readily available and cost effective to rare and extremely limited, our wines are most importantly delicious. Our mission is to assemble a curated selection of diverse fine wines produced from exceptional grapes, grown in exceptional terroirs of the world’s most exciting wine regions, cared for by creative and talented winemaking families.