Visit to Altos Los Hormigas


Exterior of Altos Las Hormigas winery in Madera.

Exterior of Altos Las Hormigas winery in Madera.

Due Diligence

Inside the winery, Bryan reviewed the stainless steel tanks holding the wine from the Marin vineyard.  These tanks held the wine from the harvest in March/April 2008.

Stainless steel tanks inside the winery.

Stainless steel tanks inside the winery.

303 hectoliter stainless steel tank for initial fermentation.

303 hectoliter stainless steel tank for initial fermentation.

Notation on the tank says 'Reserva 2008 Marin'.

Notation on the tank says 'Reserva 2008 Marin'.

From the tanks, we looked at the oak barrels, holding the wine from the 2007 harvest.  At the end of each row was an inventory of the contents in that row.

Barrels holding wine from 2007 harvest.

Barrels holding wine from 2007 harvest.

 

Reviewing the barrel inventory listing, looking for 'Marin'.

Reviewing the barrel inventory listing, looking for 'Marin'.

Barrel inventory showing one barrel from 'Marin'.

Barrel inventory showing one barrel from 'Marin'.

 

Inventory showing 34 barrels from 'Marin'.

Inventory showing 34 barrels from 'Marin'.

From the list, we went straight to the barrels.

Barrel holding wine from 2007 harvest from 'Marin'.

Barrel holding wine from 2007 harvest from 'Marin'.

And out came the 'wine thief' ...

And out came the 'wine thief' ...

 Having verified the wine in the barrels, we turned to the documentation.

Files holding documentation.

Files holding documentation.

Documentation for El Gallego S.A.

Documentation for El Gallego S.A.

Reviewing the file.

Reviewing the file.

 

The file appeared complete.

The file appeared complete.

Remaining inventory from 2006 vintage.

Remaining inventory from 2006 vintage. The white boxes hold the 'Reserva' line.

Bryan holding unlabelled magnum.

Bryan holding unlabelled magnum.

Inside the tasting/conference room.  The second bottle from the left, with the white label and red capsule, is the 'Reserva'.

Inside the tasting/conference room. The second bottle from the left, with the white label and red capsule, is the 'Reserva'.

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