Viticulturist & Owner

MATIAS FRAGA

It was through my gastronomic ventures that I met the world of wine. The curiosity to understand better its secrets took me to move away temporarily from gastronomy and search for a job in an industry that until then did not know. I was fortunate to spend a decade working for different wineries of the Catena family, learning the keys to the production and marketing of wines; until I was given the opportunity to acquire an abandoned vineyard in Vistaflores, heart of the Uco Valley. Together with my friend Alfredo we decided to transform the grape of that abandoned vineyard into the best Malbec we could make. That is how Maal Wines was born. Today I divide my time between wine, gastronomy and kitesurfing, my three great passions.

winemaker & owner

ALFREDO MERLO

Like my father, my grandfather and my great-grandfather, I always knew that the world of wine would be a fundamental part of my life. After finishing high-school, I decided to divide my time between the oenology career and the practice in wineries in Argentina and the world. I had the privilege of actively participating in harvests in Harlan Estate (Napa) in 2008 and 2012, Pulenta Estate (Mendoza) in 2009, Montana Gisborne (New Zealand) in 2010, and Achaval Ferrer (Mendoza) in 2011. Since 2010 we started with my friend Matias to produce Malbec in the simplest and most elementary way possible, looking for the grape to expressed purely without altering the essence of its origin. Since 2012 I work exclusively in Maal Wines, and I dedicate the rest of my time to music, which is my other great passion.

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