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About Us

History

Don Cristobal is a family owned winery that started its activities in 1998 with the solid commitment to produce quality wines with personality. The shareholders of the company are the Belgian-Argentinian family Lapania-Vandenbalck. The winery is run by Eduardo Lapania, its founder, and by his son and daughter Cristóbal and Carine Lapania.

Don Cristobal began its production of wines with the 2001 harvest and entered that same year in the world wine market with its brand Cristóbal 1492 “Wines of the New World for the Entire World”. The new world wine began its history when Christopher Columbus discovered the American continent in 1492 and today Don Cristobal wines are positioned in the most demanding and competitive markets in the world.

Don Cristóbal owns a total of 200 hectares of land with 145 hectares of planted vineyards, a very good production base and a great diversity of areas and grapes. In constant evolution, the company improves day by day in its winemaking process and in implementing sustainable practices in the vineyards and in the winery.

Philosophy

Our goal is to produce premium wines of excellent quality for the most exquisite palates.

To achieve these goals, we follow these principles:

Quality

Quality is the responsibility of the entire Don Cristóbal team. We work with changing and improving systems to comply with the needs of the market and our clients.

Innovation

We have state-of-the-art facilities and a cutting-edge technology. We follow the best winemaking traditions to produce high quality and unique wines.

Creativity

The originality and identity of our wines are a priority as well as positioning our brands: we pursue distinction and we seek to be innovative.

Sustainability

We are committed to respecting the environment by decreasing our usage of water, energy, and agrochemicals. We also achieve this by using sustainable products such as lightweight bottles.

Vineyards

Don Cristóbal owns 200 hectares of land, with 145 hectares of planted vineyards in the main terroirs located in the surroundings of the city of Mendoza.

The production methods in the vineyards and in the winery are based on the combination of tradition and technological innovation, respecting the organic and sustainable production process.

The variety of soils and altitude of each of our vineyards – together with an adequate balance between its production and its vegetative part – allow us to harvest high-quality grapes.

Finca
La Santa María

Location: Ugarteche – Luján de Cuyo – Provincia de Mendoza. Located 41km south of the city of Mendoza.

Total Surface Area: 103 ha

Cultivated Surface Area: 61 ha

Altitude: 935 meters above sea level.

Vineyard description: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Ancellotta, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese and Shiraz.

Finca
El Remanso

Location: Ugarteche – Luján de Cuyo – Mendoza. Located 40 km south of the city of Mendoza.

Total Surface Area: 39 ha

Cultivated Surface Area: 28 ha

Altitude: 930 meters above sea level.

Vineyard Description: Bonarda, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Finca
La Pinta

Location: Los Campamentos – Rivadavia – Provincia de Mendoza. Located 74km from the city of Mendoza.

Total Surface Area: 43 ha

Cultivated Surface Area: 39 ha

Altitude: 620 meters above sea level.

Vineyard Description: Chardonnay, Verdelho, Viognier, Merlot, Shiraz and Aspirant Bouchet.

Finca
La Niña

Location: Rodríguez Peña – Junín – Provincia de Mendoza. Located 50km east of the city of Mendoza.

Total Surface Area: 19 ha

Cultivated Surface Area: 17 ha

Altitude: 630 meters above sea level.

Vineyard Description: Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz and Aspirant Bouchet.

Winery

Winery

Don Cristóbal winery was built in 2008 and is located in El Remanso vineyard (Ugarteche, Departamento de Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza) on the emblematic Route #40.

The cellar has a capacity of 2.200.000 liters including epoxy-coated concrete tanks, stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels.

The bottling process is carried out in the winery with an automated bottling line.

Team

From our vineyards in Mendoza to our administrative collaborators, many people work in diverse and distinct areas so that you can enjoy our wines.

We are a team of 40 people committed to offering tasty wines at a fair price. To improve ourselves and be better is our daily goal. We present to you some of our associates:

Eduardo Lapania

Ph.D. in Geology. Founder and President. Entrepreneur, bold, he had the courage to plant, produce and sell the wines around the world. A hyperactive retiree.

Cristóbal Lapania

Economist. CEO. He plans and executes the company’s strategy taking care of the finances. He also travels to present and sell our wines around the world.

Carine Lapania

Jurist. She supervises various stages of the production process and serves our global clients.

Diego Medina

Oenologist. Chief winemaker. He is responsible for the winemaking process. His decisions are vital to defining the quality and final characteristics of our wines.

Tomás Pra Baldi

Agricultural engineer. He manages the farms to grow the best quality grapes. Together with his team they take care of 420.000 vines.

Lucía Espejo

Oenologist. She controls the oenological operations and the final quality of the product, as well as being an expert in the regulations applicable to the activity.

Noelia Verdejo

Oenologist. She is in charge of the activities related to the technical and sanitary conditions of the winemaking process.

José Sánchez

Oenologist. He is in charge of the bottling and labeling process: almost 1 million bottles per year.

Melisa Dávila

Agricultural engineer. She implements, manages and monitors the compliance with the company’s sustainable strategy, the international standards and certifications.

Lucrecia Magi

Bachelor in marketing. She is responsible for the E-commerce and communications. Imagining the new world.

Macarena Barberá Fanin

The youngest on the team. She coordinates the shipment of the international purchase orders and actively collaborates in the communication of the new world.

Andrea Bakos

Lawyer. She serves and takes care of our online customers throughout Argentina.