According to the research on Uruguayan vineyard regions carried out in the 1990s by the Spanish specialist Dr. Luis Hidalgo, our estate lies in the area of the country where grape varieties for dry quality wines can best be produced. According to the expert, in addition to the weather, it is the characteristics of soil, geology and landscape which are the key features to ensure the suitability of an area for wine-growing. Slopes, the proximity of large surfaces of water and a maritime influence, are favor quality as well.
In their well-known World Atlas of Wine ®, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson also say: “… the essential elements for producing wine are hillsides, sunlight and a temperate climate…”
The land of Alto de la Ballena meets all the requirements to the letter, lying at the foothillsof the Sierra de la Ballena (Whale Hills).
A few kilometers from the sea and close to lake Laguna del Sauce , the climate is moderate and stable, with a broad range of temperatures and cool nights in grapes ripening period.
The vines are very well drained due to both the steep slopes and the loose, gravelly soil.