Towards the end of the 19th century, José Fortunato Lavaque arrived in Buenos Aires from Lebanon and began running his own winery in Cafayate, the most prosperous town in the province of Salta at the time. A few years later, the Lavaques established Finca Quara on Finca El Recreo, a piece of land that had originally belonged to the Peñalva Frías family during the 17th and 18th centuries. Inspired by their father’s example, the fifth family generation is making wines worthy of international acclaim. The Calchaquí Valleys constitute one of the highest terroirs in the world. The dry, sunny climate is responsible for the grapes’ impressive flavour. The broad temperature ranges in the area are also key to the production of high-quality wines. The vines receive minimum irrigation; just enough to ensure the grapes are concentrated and flavourful. The result is young yet well-defined wines that are perfect for any occasion.
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