Vallisto project was born from the collaboration of three members and oenologists: Hugh Ryman, Marcelo Pelleriti and Francisco Lavaque.
Hugh Ryman, oenologist, studied at Bordeaux. He is responsible for wine production at Chateau de la Jaubertie in the family farm at Bergerac and also has a vineyard in Aragon, Spain. After transforming the family Chateau into one of the best names, Ryman became one of the first "flying winemakers", experts who were invited by overseas customers to monitor and improve production in the cellars of Various countries, including, in addition to the same France and Spain, Chile, Hungary and, of course, Argentina. Ryman has won numerous awards and has contributed to improving the quality of the winegrowing companies he worked on. Today in Argentina, with Marcelo Pelleriti and Pancho Lavaque, tVallisto project is being developed in an exceptional vineyard in the Cafayate Valley. Director Ridley Scott has been inspired by Hugh Ryman's life for his film "A Great Year," with Russell Crowe.
Marcelo Pelleriti, originally from Mendoza enologist and winemaker, is the first Argentine to reach the 100 points awarded by "The Wine Advocate", Robert Parker, with Chateau La Violette 2010 produced in Pomerol, France. Graduated in viticulture, he has collaborated with the prestigious enologist Michel Rolland. He is responsible for the Monteviejo Vistaflores Winery in Mendoza, where quality wines are produced such as Lindaflor and La Violeta among others.
Pancho Lavaque, winemaker, is the fifth generation of the family of winemakers, in Cafayate Valley since 1889. He studied at UC Davis School in the United States, which has one of the world's most renowned viticulture and winemaking programs. After graduating from Viticulture and Oenology in 2003, Pancho returned to Argentina to start working with his father at the family cellars of Mendoza and Cafayate, beginning to develop the foreign trade sector with the goal of spreading Argentine wine around the world.
The vineyards are located at more than 1,900 meters above sea level on the western side of the Cafayate Valley in the Salta area of northern Argentina. Cafayate has about 340 days of sunshine per year, thanks to which the maturation of healthy grapes takes place almost naturally. The optimum orientation of the vineyards allows the plants to receive sunlight with a softened inclination and this supports a slow and gradual maturation.