Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes (meaning “the future of the Andes”) is a small,family-owned winery located in Cafayate, in the province of Salta. The province of Salta is situated in the Northwest of Argentina. When wine people talk about “high altitude vineyards” they are usually talking about Mendoza. Very few know about Argentina’s true high altitude vineyards, in Cafayate, province of Salta, in the far North of Argentina. Here, in the wild Calchaquíes Valleys, approximately 10,000 acres of vineyards sit at altitudes ranging from an incredible 5,600 to 9,200 feet, making them among the most scenically beautiful vineyards in South America and indeed the world. And their quality matches the breathtaking scenery—vines grow in dry rocky soil, and the climate is desertic, giving it an even higher day-night temperature variation than Mendoza. Grapes reach enviable ripeness, and the wines are often inky-black and as powerful as the mountains surrounding the vineyards. In recent years, the Cafayate wine industry has made great strides, with the addition of several world class wineries producing wines that can compete with any from around the world.

The vineyards of Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes are situated at an incredible 5,740 feet above sea level in the rugged terrain of Cafayate. The family behind El Porveniris dedicated to crafting small quantities of exceptional wines, and annual production for the entire winery is limited to approximately 150,000 bottles. Like all great winemakers, the family believes that quality begins in the vineyards and maintains a fanatical control and care throughout the process, from planting and harvesting. This care continues in the winery, which is gravity-flow controlled, and through the wine’s aging in French and American oak barrels.


Laborum Torrontés 2012

A perfect embodiment of a Torrontés from Cafayate, yet with an international elegance not often seen in these wines, this is a unique experience in the glass. Only 26,716 bottles were produced and the care that went into making them is clear. The grapes come from 40-year-old, pergola trained Torrontés vines, at an incredible 5,740 feet above sea level. The winemaker chooses to use no oak so as to let the terroir and the Cafayate spirit shine through. This is a brilliant example of how good this varietal can be. On the nose, it has tropical fruit and citric notes, as well as, highly floral with subdued aromas of rose petals and lychees. Light straw-colored; it has an expressive perfume of spring flowers, peach and apricot. On the palate, it is full of tropical flavors with nicely balanced acidity and great length. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed. A fantastic food wine, or a sipper, for those looking for interesting alternatives to Chardonnay. Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood. It is a great partner for spicy food and Thai as well.

Robert Parker rated this wine 87 points saying, the 2012 Laborum Torrontés, from the Salta region, has a pleasant, almost Alsace-like bouquet with notes of pear,nectarine and honeysuckle. The palate is fresh and exhibits good weight on the entry, with grapefruit, melon and nectarine combining well. It shows fine focus, although the finish is just a little predictable. Still, this is a well-made Torrontés. Drink now-2015.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 89 points saying, it has a very pale yellow color. Pungent,complex aromas of stone fruits, white pepper, mint and musky flowers, plus a hint of brown spices. Supple, sweet and essentially easygoing, delivering good texture and richness for the category (and for the vintage). Finishes dry and firm, with sneaky length to the lingering pineapple and grapefruit flavors.


Amauta I 2011

In the Andean culture, the Amauta was the great teacher, the wise man of the Incan Empire, "He Who Taught To Live". This line of wines recaptures that Andean mysticism, and invites you to discover a thousand-year-old culture whose wisdom is expressed through the wines. This is a unique blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. The grapes are hand harvested from the family’s vineyards at an incredible 5,700 feet above sea level. The winery is practicing organically in the vineyards, and many of the vines are old vines. The wine is then aged in mostly new French and American oak barrels for 8-months. It is an impressive representation of the depth of Cafayate in both its color and its personality. It is almost black-purple in color, and reveals mocha, dark berry,and plum marmalade aromas, with something earthy and Old World also peeking through. On the palate it is incredibly smooth and well-balanced, with the oakin perfect harmony with the deep, dark fruits and spices. The finish is very long, without any bitterness or overpowering alcohol notes. Only 2,000 bottles were made.

Robert Parker rated this wine 89 points, saying the 2011 Amauta I is a blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah from vines planted 1,750 meters above sea-level, and aged for seven months in French and American oak. It has a vivacious nose of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of shellfish that shows great clarity. The palate is well-balanced with supple tannins, a sweet core of licorice-tinged, dark plum fruit with hints of Hoi Sin and black pepper on the smooth finish. This is very fine, very seductive. Drink now-2017.


Amauta II 2006

A Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot,this is yet another example from the Amauta line of how good blends from Argentina can be. Only 15,000 bottles were produced, and the grapes come from the winery’s own 10-year old vineyards at 5,740 feet above sea level in Cafayate. Yields are extremely low in both these parcels, and grapes are always hand harvested into 44 lb. boxes. The wine is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels, with a large percentage being second use. The result is a well-balanced yet full-bodied blend that wears its oak like a cloak, not covering up the earthy Cafayate fruit. The wine is an elegant, intense ruby-red color. Its aromas are very Bordeaux-like: ripe red fruits, dry raspberry and hints of black pepper and graphite from the Cabernet. On the palate it is a delightful break from the Malbecs of Argentina, with a completely different profile of elegant, big fruit flavors, full in the mouth with an almost velvety mouth feel as well as spiciness that adds layers of complexity. Superbly balanced, with good acidity and a really long finish, making it an ideal wine to enjoy with food. A very well made wine and a welcome addition to the Amauta family.



Amauta III 2006

Another stunning wine from El Porvenir de los Andes that is the perfect blend of the two star grapes of Argentina, 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 20,000 bottles were made, and the grapes come from 10-year old vineyards at 5,740 feet above sea level in Cafayate.Yields are extremely low in both these parcels, and grapes are always hand harvested into 44 lb. boxes. The wine is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels, with a large percentage being second use. The result is a well-balanced yet full-bodied blend that wears its oak like a cloak, not covering up the earthy Cafayate fruit. It is an intense purple color, and gives aromas of ripe red fruits, plum and spices. On the palate it is intense with good acidity and round tannins, and a meaty quality that makes it seem an even more powerful wine. It is supremely smooth with superb balance and length. Give it a try, it is delicious! Cries out for roasted meat!





Laborum Malbec 2007

The grapes, after being hand harvested, pass through the same modern vinificationas those for the Amauta, but are then aged for 12 months in new oak barrels.35,000 bottles of this Malbec were produced. The wine spent 12 months in new oak, 70% French and 30% American, and then 6 months in bottle before being released. The wine has an intense ruby red and vibrant color, with violet notes. On the nose it has aromas of ripe red fruits with hints of dark cherry and violets, along with subtle, toasty and smoky tones from the French and American oak. On the palate, it has an intense,medium structure with balanced acidity. The tannins are round and sweet, with along, pleasant finish.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 88 points, saying the wine is red-ruby with plum,chocolate, licorice and sexy oak tones on the nose. Juicy, sweet and concentrated, with slightly high-toned black fruit and spice flavors. Nicely dense, youthful wine with an intriguing saline element and broad, serious tannins.


Laborum Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

“Laborum”,meaning “from our work” in Latin, is the winery’s signature label. The grapes,after being hand harvested, pass through the same modern vinification as those for the Amauta, but are then aged for 12 months in all new oak barrels, 70%French and 30% American. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a New World style,powerful wine not to be taken lightly. Its color is almost surprisingly deep and dark, with a black center. The red fruits and cassis, with secondary notes of black pepper and hazelnut aromas invite the drinker deeper into the glass.The harmonious and delicate notes of vanilla given by the French and American oak lend great structure on the palate. On the palate the wine is smooth and well-balanced and enough jammy fruit to stand up to the wood. The tannins are intense and round. This might be the most perfect steak wine in our portfolio!





Laborum Tannat 2007

From Cafayate, Salta, in the north of Argentina, comes one of the country’s best Tannats. This rare grape (which originally came from Bordeaux but has recently become known as Uruguay’s answer to Malbec), thrives in the high altitude, high heat environment and the rocky soil of the rugged terrain. A perfect embodiment of an authentic Tannat, yet with an international elegance not often seen from this grape, the Laborum Tannat is a unique, limited production wine. Only 7,172 bottles were made from 45 year old vineyards at an incredible 5,740 feet above sea level. The grapes are hand harvested, and then the wine is aged for 12 months in 50% new French and 50% new American oak barrels. Its stunning color is an intense ruby red with black shades and violet edges. Its enticing aromas of red fruits, spices, chocolate and a slight smoky touch from the oak, dance out of the glass. On the palate it is the finest Tannat we have tasted, with none of the difficult, awkward tannins the grape usually displays, and smoothness rarely found in the grape. It has just the right amount of acidity to keep it racy. It is a robust wine with sweet and firm tannins and a long after taste. It has an intense ruby red color with black and violet tones. On the nose it gives red fruit aromas with notes of spices, chocolate and aeucalyptus profile. Also perceptible are smoky and toasty hints from the oak.On the palate it has an intense entry, high structure and balanced acidity. It is a robust wine, with firm, sweet tannins. An excellent example of this variety and it will show more complexity with time in bottle. El Porvenir delos Andes just might be the winery to change consumers’ minds about this uniqueand potentially delightful grape.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 89 points, saying the wine is a dark red color with very ripe aromas of dark raspberry, leather, mocha and chocolaty oak; a bit more rustic on the nose than the less expensive Amauta bottling. Rich and aromatic in the mouth, with a liqueur-like quality leavened by edgy acidity. Offers good energy for such a lush, generous wine, but still a bit high-toned. Finishes with a medicinal menthol note and rather suave tannins.


El Porvenir Blend 2006

Every winery has its iconic wine, of which it is most proud and in which it puts its best foot forward in every sense. El Porvenir de los Andes is no exception. A scant 8,450 bottles were produced of this fascinating blend of 45% Malbec35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Tannat, and 8% Syrah. The winery’s highest quality grapes come from its unique Finca Río Seco vineyard at 5,740 feet above sea level in Cafayate. The wine undergoes controlled temperature fermentation and an extended period of maceration to achieve greater extraction. It was then aged for 18 months in new French and American oak barrels and two years in the bottle. Its color is an intense purple-red with a black center, and its strong aromas seem to go on in layers and layers of plum, cassis, dried figs, and white and black pepper, complemented by as light vanilla note from the oak. On the palate it does not disappoint: complex flavors of ripe fruits like plums and blackberries dance with spicy, peppery notes and a smooth caramel undertone. Its acidity is impressive, and its tannins are firm yet sweet. Its long, complex finish leaves no doubt that this is one of Argentina’s finest wines.

Robert Parker rated this wine 90 points saying, the 2006 El Porvenir is was aged for 18 months in new French and American oak. It handles that oak competently on the nose, enmeshing it within the ripe blackberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit. The palate is full-bodied with smooth, silky tannins. It is unashamedly opulent with a ripe core of black cherries and blueberry, leading to a smooth,almost viscous finish lavished in that creamy oak. Hedonistic and extravagant.Drink now-2018.


LaborumTorrontés Late Harvest 2010

This is a 100% Torrontés (late harvest) dessert wine and comes in a 500 ML bottle.The grapes come from 40-year-old, high altitude vineyards (5,741 feet above sea level) and are harvested by hand at the beginning of June. The wine is aged for five months in French oak barrels. The wine has an elegant golden color with shades of bright yellow. On the nose there is an aroma of smoke and toast,reminiscent of the French oak. On the palate the wine has a fruity character mixed with intense honey. The acidity and sugar are well-balanced which makes this a fantastic dessert or after dinner wine. Production is limited to 5,000 bottles.






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