Klassen Wines lands in Canada

It’s been a three year journey. In 2013, our family purchased six acres of premium vineyard land in the Uco Valley with the belief that this place would become something very special. Since then, it’s been a long process of selecting and planting our vines, planning out wines years in advance, making blending decisions, designing our label, and figuring out the logistics of importing wine.

From the beginning, we’ve wanted to make world-class wines. After all, you can’t make a bulk wine from a six acre estate, so you may as well push the envelope on quality.

While the vines on our property mature (it usually takes at least 2-3 years before new vines start producing their best), we purchased grapes from neighboring estates to make a representative wine of our region and to see what was possible.

The 2014 vintage will be our first. For our blend, we selected Malbec as our base. It represents 85% of the blend. Adding structure and spice, we used Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, at 10% and 5% of the blend, respectively. We then aged the resulting wine for 16 months in new French oak barrels. The wines then aged an additional 6 months in bottle, which better integrates the flavours and adds complexity.

The next step was getting these wines into our native Canada. We’re still establishing our import channels, so while we figure that out, we had a few cases shipped by air freight.

Klassen Argentina Wines 2014 Baritone bottle
The first wines arrive in Canada via air freight.

Of the remaining cases, some we shipped via container to Montreal, where they are currently awaiting to clear customs. Another shipment went to California, and should be cleared customs in late December or early January. And finally, we’ll leave a few cases behind in Argentina for posterity.

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