In 2008 Myndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein, visited the Pedernal Valley in San Juan and was inspired by the tremendous beauty, untamed nature and diverse terroir. This inspiration, and his vision to showcase the superlative fruit grown in the Pedernal Valley, led to the creation of Pyros Wines, the first world-class wines
collection reflecting the unique terroir of the Pedernal Valley.
PYROS is an outstanding collection of unusual and exclusive wines from Argentina. All the grapes for these wines come from the exclusive Pedernal Valley, a deep and isolated canyon located in the amazing foothills of the Andes Mountains in the province of San Juan.
|Gustavo Luis Matocq
- Vineyard Manager
| Paula González
| Paul Hobbs
- Winemaking Consultant
As all great wine begins in the vineyard, viticulturalist Gustavo Matocq must lead the way. Matocq is a native son of San Juan, but his career has led him to degrees from both the University of Buenos Aires and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France. A local boy, but one who has an international reputation, and he adds to that each year with articles published in leading journals, as well as a teaching position at the University of Cuyo in Mendoza. It was Matocq’s job to explore his native province and find the very best places to grow grapes capable of making world class wines.
Matocq is aided by a deeply dedicated farming team at Pyros, headed by farm manager Fernando Javier Atencio. The third generation of his native San Juan family to follow a career in viticulture, Atencio brings both passion and enthusiasm to Pyros. He knows every inch San Juan, and he emphatically champions Pedernal and Pyros. In fact, he is such a fan of the property that he often brings his family there for a picnic on his day off---enjoying the stunning scenery, the fascinating wildlife, and the astonishing silence. And as they enjoy the fire and food of an asado in the evening, the nighttime sky sparkles with a clarity found nowhere else.
Who is responsible for making wine with these impressive grapes is the winemaker Paula González. Who with her successful career and extensive experience seeks to continue deepening knowledge of the Pyros Vineyard territory in the Pedernal Valley.
Giving added perspective in this quest, winemaker Paul Hobbs of California serves in as a consultant. Hobbs’ track record of making amazing wines has taken him to many different parts of the wine globe, and he brings an additional palate and passion to the team that is making Pyros.