In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta purchased the first of Bodega Chacra’s vineyards, a property with an existing, though abandoned, vineyard planted in 1932. Piero’s family owns the Super Tuscan wine Sassicaia, first produced in 1968 using Cabernet Sauvignon as the main variety as opposed to the Tuscan tradition of Sangiovese. In another show of innovation 30 years later, Chacra focused on Pinot Noir and Merlot, not the usual Malbec for which Argentina is more known. These Patagonia vineyards are located in an area called the Rio Negro Valley, which is about 310 miles long, carved by two rivers (Neuquen & Limay) flowing out of the Andes toward the Atlantic. The rivers completely sustain this desert grape-growing region with humidity never above 30% and seven inches of annual rainfall. It is that remote desert climate though that also contributes to the complete absence of pollution, phylloxera and other vine diseases. They do not use any mechanization in vineyard care and bottle without fining or filtration after four months in French oak. This is purely pleasurable drinking and pair with pork paella and shellfish.