The Man Behind Altocedro

Karim Mussi Saffie is a rising force to be reckoned with. At 39 years old, he is a winemaker and entrepreneur by vocation and training. He has presided over Altocedro since 1999. The winery is in its thirteenth year of life, with ten vintages that have fulfilled Karim’s vision of making the best quality wine possible from La Consulta’s ideal terroir.

In 2007 Karim was recognized by the Consejo Empresario Mendocino with the Outstanding Young Mendocinean Award in the Commercial Achievements, Economic and Business category. His Altocedro Malbec Reserva was chosen as one of Wine Spectator’s ‘Top 100’ Wines of 2008 and the 2009 Año Cero Tempranillo is the highest rated of its varietal in Argentina.

With ‘La Consulta Terroir Premium Wines’, Karim has positioned Altocedro among the most important markets in the world including, but not limited to, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina and the UK.

Besides heading up his own winery, Karim also acts as consultant winemaker and advises emerging projects in the most promising Argentine wine areas.

Karim is more than happy to discuss world politics, current events, 17th Century British philosophy, seventies rock (The Doors and Led Zeppelin are favorites) and the genius of Ayn Rand. During harvest, you can find him at El Cielo in La Consulta enjoying their lomito especial and a Stella. As everyone knows, it takes a lot of beer to make a good wine.