The Bonnie family is no stranger to the wine business. The owners of two renowned châteaux in Bordeaux, in 2005 the Bonnies decided to expand their horizons and embarked on a new winemaking adventure in Mendoza - Bodega DiamAndes. Members of the trailblazing Clos de los Siete group of French winemakers, which was founded by the legendary oenologist Michel Rolland; Bodega DiamAndes partners in the production of the wildly successful Clos de los Siete wine. However, they also produce their own portfolio of Argentine wines and the name DiamAndes is a clever marriage of the words "diamante" (Spanish for “diamond”) and the Andes Mountains that provide the estate's breathtaking backdrop.
During my recent visit to Mendoza, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodega DiamAndes and sampling their wines over lunch with several members of the Bonnie family. Paired with a delicious homemade meal, the wines displayed versatility, finesse, and were simply a pleasure to drink. .
For a great introduction to Bodega DiamAndes, give Perlita ($12) a swirl. A pretty and full-bodied blend of Malbec and Syrah that is aged in French oak barrels, Perlita delivers beautiful flavors of dark fruit and spice. It is a wonderfully nuanced wine at a very accessible price point that will pair perfectly with steak, burgers, and pasta with meat sauce. Perlita Chardonnay ($12) is also a great sip. A fresh and vibrant white wine with lively notes of peach and mango, Perlita Chardonnay is a refreshing aperitif.
Bodega DiamAndes welcomes visitors for tours, wine tastings, and special events. I highly recommend adding a visit to Bodega DiamAndes to your Mendoza itinerary.
To learn more, visit the Bodega DiamAndes website.