Susana Balbo Wines
In 1999, after working more than 20 years as a consultant winemaker for national and international wine companies, Susana decided to make her dream come true and started to build Susana Balbo Wines in the heart of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. After more than 10 years of steady growth in foreign markets, another one of her dreams was fulfilled: her children, José, winemaker graduated from UC Davis (California) and Ana, Bachelor of Business Administration from University San Andrés (Buenos Aires) decided to go on with the family tradition and join Susana Balbo Wines team.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Susana Balbo Wines is characterized by its simple and unique architecture, designed for the production of high-end wines. Each grape variety is hand- picked and carefully handled so as to maintain the fruit expression and achieve wines with a singular unique style.
During the last few years Susana and her team have been working tirelessly on meeting the international highest quality standards and have showed their commitment to some of the major issues of the 21st century: food safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. (Ref: www.susanbalbowines.com.ar)
"Consistently the best and most complex Torrontés in Argentina, this comes from a parcel of vines in Paraje Altamira and is entirely barrel-fermented. Smoky, sappy and complex with a touch of struck match, refreshing acidity and a chalky, minerally bite. The oak is just a whisper here."
93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report (2015 vintage)
94 / 100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
"This has undergone a change in name (it used to be the BenMarco Torrontés) but it's still the same style of barrel-fermented Torrontés. Saline and complex with subtle struck match notes and a sweaty, almost Sauvignon Blanc-like flourish. A wine that transcends its grape variety."
93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2015 Special Report (2014 vintage)
Serve with a Thai red curry
"Few have done more to shine an international limelight on Argentina’s torrontes grape than Susana Balbo and here she has created a limited edition version of the variety. It uses grapes from what is actually a prime malbec area – the Agrelo part of the Luján de Cuyo region, south of Central Mendoza – but, frankly, it is superb (and, once again, it is barrel fermented). Aromatic and smooth 2016 Torrontés Signature Susana Balbo has spicy apple, grapefruit and peach fruit with tangerine acidity, pithy but savoury texture and a delightfully long finish." Brian Elliott, MidWeek Wines, 2020.