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In 1928, Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi bought a vineyard and small winery in Mendoza, Argentina. His sons later renamed the company Valentin Bianchi and today his grandsons manage the estate. Their vineyards Asti, Las Paredes and Dona Elsa comprise over 716 acres located in San Rafael, an area thought to have the best soil in the Mendoza region are planted with Italian, Californian and French rootstock. Dona Elsa Vineyard is planted on sandy calcareous and alluvial soil at an elevation of 2,493 feet. The grapes are hand-picked, twice sorted and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Winemaker Francisco Martinez has been with the winery since 1979. In 1996, Robert Pepi, of Napa, California was hired as a consultant to introduce contemporary techniques while maintaining the wines’ traditional Argentine character. [+]