Pablo Fallabrino grew up in a family of winemakers. His grandfather, Angelo Fallabrino, moved to Uruguay from Piedmont in 1920, and in the 1930’s he started two wineries with five different vineyards. Eventually, his father Alejandro took over, becoming one of the key players in the Uruguayan wine industry, until he passed away in 1991. When Angelo died, in 1995, Pablo took over a single vineyard-Vinedo de los Vientos, and in 1997, he decided to start his own winery.
Located just 4km from Atlantida, a coastal city, Vinedo de los Vientos, or “Vineyard of the Winds”, sits where the River Plate estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean. With 17ha under vine, the family practices sustainable farming. “It’s really wild,” says Pablo, “we don’t like an overworked vineyard.” Using no insecticide and no-till farming, they do not filter their wines, and only fine with egg whites if necessary. They employ 20% selected yeasts, “just to start the fermentation,” says Pablo, “…then you have yeast in the air…ten days after harvest, yeast is everywhere.
“In 2000,” says Pablo, [I realized] “I wanted to do something unique, so I started to produce blends…[using] old winemaking techniques. The white [“Estival”] is a blend, but it’s fermented all together…I use the ripasso technique for Tannat, now I’m planting Italian varietals.”
With their recent acquisition of Catedrral, 10ha of vineyards at 500m, Vinedo de los Vientos now has the highest vineyard in Uruguay. They’ll plant six varietals in this experimental vineyard and, “for three years, we’ll harvest and select the best varietals,” says Pablo. “It’s two to three degrees [C] cooler than the other [vineyard] and it’s steep, so we’ll have to make terraces. I want to see how the grapes develop there, to start natural, then see what I have to do.”
Estival White Blend
The Chardonnay is harvested unripe (similar to Champagne) to maintain high acidity, which balances the fully ripe Gewurztraminer and Moscato Bianco fruity flavors. This practice gives the wine a unique flavor layers - you can sense the sweetness of the Gewurz and Moscato and the sharp acidity of the Chardonnay, with lots of different flavors in between.
100 % Tannat, grown sustainably with non-till farming. Cold maceration for 24 hours and 7 days fermentation with daily pump over. Aged six month in 30% new French oak, 70% stainless steel.
Eolo Gran Reserva IGT
Fully ripe Tannat grape was cold macerated for 5 days at 6° Celsius to extract the fruity flavors, with a daily pump over. The fermentation was at 29 °C for 12 days with daily “delestage.” Following that, the wine was racked to French oak barrels and aged for 36 months. Before bottling, 20% of Ruby Cabernet is blended with the Tannat.
Alcyone Tannat Dessert Wine, NV
Alcyone is the combination of two different Italian techniques for dessert wines, the Barolo chinato and the Marsala, creating a new method that produces a unique and delicious wine. This wine is aromatized with different roots and herbs like Marsala and Barolo chinato, and fortified with brandy. The base wine was aged for several years in French oak barrels.