The wines from Tilia are made with a unique combination of fruit sourced from the traditional Eastern Region and the dynamic Southern Region of Mendoza.
- Eastern Region
Located 50 miles to the southeast of the city of Mendoza, at an elevation of 1,950 - 2,150’. This area, made up of counties such as San Martin, Junin, & Rivadavia is one of the oldest and most traditional viticultural regions in Mendoza.
As with all of Mendoza, the Eastern Region is a true desert, receiving less than 8” of rain a year. The need of irrigation is met with pure mountain spring water from snow melt of the Andes, arriving to the region via the Tunuyan River.
Tilia promotes very carefully controlled furrow irrigation, in which the water is watchfully guided through the vineyard row by row. Our family farmers can manage the water to maximize quality. Water is so valuable in Mendoza that farmer’s care for each drop that enters their vineyard.
A desert climate means 330 of sunshine days a year. In the Eastern Region, the pergola, overhead trellising system is used to provide shade for the grapes. Tilia has worked with farmers to develop new plantation densities and lower yield levels that increase concentration and flavor intensity.
The dry, arid climate means very few insects, so we do not use pesticides. These conditions also limit precipitation based fungus diseases which would need to be controlled by spraying fungicides. Ours is a most natural viticulture.
The grapes from the Eastern Region have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration.
- Southern Region
Located 100 miles due south from Mendoza city, at an elevation 3,000 - 4,000’. The area is made up primarily of the San Carlos County. It is considered to be one of the premiere grape growing regions in Mendoza.
The higher elevation translates into much lower temperatures, allowing for more aromatic intensity and higher levels of natural acid for freshness and balance.
The Southern Region is also a desert and fed with irrigation by the Tunuyan River, but many of our family farmer’s use more precise drip irrigation. This allows for more careful water management has lead farmers to explore new viticultural areas.
Tilia farmers use vertical shoot positioning, giving the fruit exposure to valuable sunshine. For Malbec this is especially important for aromatic intensity.
The dry, arid conditions mean that Tilia family farmers in the Southern Region can also do without pesticides and fungicides, growing their grapes naturally.
The grapes from the Southern Region have very intense and complex aromatic profiles and lend a cool freshness to the Tilia wines.