history: pioneer in patagonia wine terroir
Humberto Canale’s name is intimately connected to the growth of Argentina and the industrial development of Patagonia, a project that become real after the construction of the railway, that connected this remote, worlds Southernmost, lands with the rest of the country.
Locate in the middle of an oasis in the High Valley of Negro River, the winery has its origin in 1909. Little after the Desert Campaign (1878-1885) when his founder, Humberto Canale, settled up and helped develop the irrigation system in the area, between 1898 and 1904.
His long term vision led him to buy 200 hectares in this wild location and import the necessary equipment to develop the viticulture in the region. In 1912 vineyards were already planted and by mid XX century its image was consolidated.
By injecting a good deal of professional know how into the valley's activities he managed to promote investigation and creativity, thus allowing the world to see that the region possessed a special terroir that gave birth to different, very characteristic wines.
At 39.2 degrees, Southern latitude, in Argentine Patagonia, wines coming from one of the world's most Southern regions are made. We are referring to the High Valley of the Río Negro. Its special climate, given by a big temperature amplitude, where nights are very cold and days intensely sunny mainly during the 20 days previous to harvest, combined with the influence of the strong and cold winds coming from Antartic, are ideal factors for the development of fine grape varieties.
The province of Río Negro is located in the Northern part of Patagonia. It has a surface of 49,422,000 acres and around 420,000 inhabitants. The Negro River is the continuation of the Limay River, which has its origins in the Andes Mountains. It goes across Patagonia and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Along its course, it gives birth to fertile valleys, where there are several agricultural and cattle farms, real oasis in the middle of these wasted lands.