Vino Fino Argentino was established by old friends Jock Matthews and Tim Bartley who met at Otago university where they made home-brewed beer together in the microbiology building. In 2013 Tim headed in the Manuka Honey direction and Jock continued with the idea of importing and selling wine to friends throughout New Zealand.
A fascination and love for Argentinian food, wine and especially Malbec grew following many trips to Medoza and San Juan provinces at the foothills of the Andes. Jock started his discovery of Argentinian wine in 1986 while playing for the Provincial Rugby team in San Juan.
After sourcing difficulties with a number of vineyards and laborious process of becoming a wine merchant the Vino Fino Argentino brand was born and the first shipment was landed in 2014.
With a growing range of varieties and styles Vino Fino Argentino aims to bring the quality boutique wines and gourmet products from across Argentina to your door.
After a successful business career, Don Fransisco Montes, an immigrant from Andalucia, Spain, founded Casa Montes Winery-Vineyards in 1992.
The vineyards lie in the Tulum Valley, on the banks of the San Juan River, 700 meters above sea level, at latitude 31 degrees south.
The annual average temperature is 17 degrees centigrade whereas the yearly, mean precipitation is less than 200mm. This oasis is situated in a privileged environment among the highest Cordilleran peaks of San Juan Province, including 160 hectares of vineyards, totally managed under trellis systems and irrigated by Andean melt-off.