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Long ago, Ricardo Santos abandoned a career in architecture to become a winemaker and his gamble would lead him to become the owner of Norton winery where he earned the name "Mr. Malbec" for being the first to export Malbec to the U.S. in the early 70s. Today the Ricardo Santos winery represents his lifelong commitment to the highest quality Malbec and traditional Argentinian winemaking. Two distinctive Malbecs are produced at Ricardo Santos: El Malbec and the Gran Reserve Malbec. Both are exceptional wines with the Gran Reserva made of hand-selected fruit from specific plots and rows from the family estate vineyards. For Ricardo Santos, Argentina is much more than just Malbec as the winery produces a crisp and fruity dry Semillon from 70 year-old vines, and a rich and complex Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the foothills of the Andes in the Uco Valley.


The Tercos winery is owned by Patricio and Pedro, sons of Ricardo Santos. The brothers continue their father's winemaking legacy in Mendoza with their very own Malbec plus regional varieties like Bonarda and Torrontes. Tercos Torrontes is aromatic with tropical fruit notes and the Bonarda (similar to Charbono) is vibrant and full of red fruit flavors. Argentina's temperate climate brings out their best characteristics. Sangiovese was introduced by Italian immigrants many generations ago and Tercos continues this tradition by producing their own. It has an aromatic intensity plus a good balance between fruit and acidity. Particio is the winemaker at Tercos and Pedro handles the marketing and management aspects of the business. Ricardo Santos and Terocs truly are family-owned, small-production wineries that we are proud to have as partners in Argentina.

Just released- Outstanding scores of our newest vintages and press accolades. Be sure to visit our 'Press Reviews' page for a full listing:

Many of our wines received excellent ratings in the latest Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Chile report, December 2015:

  • 2010 Domus Aurea 96 points, “This is my favorite vintage ever. At this price level, it has to be one of the cheapest great wines in the world. This is among the top Cabernets from Chile…”
  • 2011 Domus Aurea 94 points, “The nose is beautiful… very good ripeness and balsamic aromas; it is showy, attractive and open. The palate shows great balance; sophisticated tannins…”
  • 2011 Maquis ‘Franco’ Cabernet Franc 93 points, “I found the 2011 Franco simply phenomenal. This is a great Cabernet Franc that is elegant, complex and subtle…”
  • 2012 Meli Dueño Carignan 92 points, “Lovely rusticity… developing very fresh and showy notes of violets. This is one of the more voluptuous Carignans…”
  • 2011 Maquis Viola 91 points, “The palate is medium to full-bodied with notable absence of herbal or green notes…”
  • 2014 Meli Riesling 90 points, “Fresh and sharp, focused and clean. This is a noteworthy Riesling from Maule. Very good value.”
  • 2010 Maquis Lien 90 points, “It’s quite complex…The palate has an abundance of fine-grained tannins…”
  • 2013 Calcu Cabernet Franc 89 points, “it is a fresh and fruit-driven, quite varietal and spicy effort, with freshly cracked black peppercorns and contained ripeness.”
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