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November 2013
Concrete Vat Innovation in Argentina
New troncoconic concrete vat design said to give wine more character and rounder mouthfeel
by Joe Roberts
In 1963, Sebastián Zuccardi’s grandfather, engineer Alberto Zuccardi, planted a 16-hectare vineyard in Maipú, Argentina to showcase his experimental concrete pipe irrigation system. Today, Zuccardi is one of the leading wine producers in Argentina, employing more than 350 people, farming five estate vineyards, ranging in size from 37 to 475 hectares, and making wines under the Zuccardi, Santa Julia and Malamado brands. Alberto’s penchant for experimentation—and c...
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