La Consulta, located 60 miles southwest of the city of Mendoza, rests at the foot of the Andes, 3,300 feet above sea level. It is recognized as one of the premier growing areas for Malbec, especially for red varietals. Technically, La Consulta belongs to the San Carlos department, but has recently been awarded its own viticultural appellation due to its distinct qualities.
The Tunuyán River flows through the middle of the region bringing fresh Andean meltwater and relief from the dry, hot climate. The region’s high altitude combine with the province’s climate provides ideal condition for grapes grown in La Consulta’s vineyards: hot sunny days, cool nights, minimal rainfall and low humidity. This combination creates grapes with balanced sugars and acidity while achieving phenolic ripeness. Terrain is mostly alluvial, a clay and rock base with a stony, sandy surface, allowing for sufficient drainage and forcing vines to grow deep, strong roots.