Sustainability pioneers, TILIA Wines were the first to carry the certified sustainable seal from Bodegas de Argentina on the label. Today, TILIA is the first wine label to illustrate the path toward sustainability in Argentina.
Through powerful symbols, the label highlights TILIA’s core values and represents programs implemented by TILIA to enforce both environmental and social sustainability:
- Social Sustainability: People enrich the land and we enrich our people. We support our community with an array of programs to ensure that we all thrive as one.
- Deeply Rooted: Our roots, like our traditions, are robust and deep. They descend far into the soil to access glacial water from the ancestral irrigation canals.
- Thriving on Biodiversity: We preserve and nurture plants, insects, and animals so that our vineyards can adapt to a changing environment.
- Natural Resilience: A reverence for traditional farming practices has shielded our ungrafted vineyards from harsh interventions, sustaining the land for generations to come.
- Stronger Together: Tilia wines reflect our values: honor tradition, support the community, and respect nature.
Location of Vineyard
TILIA winery is located in Junín, Mendoza, Argentina and all grapes are sustainably farmed and sourced from the Uco Valley, the Eastern and the Central regions of Mendoza.
A desert mountain region, Mendoza is sheltered from oceanic influence by the Andes. With temperature averaging between 75F-45F and rainfalls of only 8-12 inches per year (mostly in the summer), the dry continental climate and well drained alluvial soils facilitate sustainable agriculture and are ideal for growing healthy, concentrated, and ripe fruits.
- Water Management
- Irrigation is provided by the Tunuyán River, carrying pure mountain spring water from snow melt of the Andes
- Strict drip irrigation control manages the volume of water in each plant, achieving great watering efficiency
- Vineyard Management
- Vertical shoot positioning for optimal sunlight exposure. This is especially important to achieve aromatic intensity in Malbec
- Attentive work on new plantation densities and lower yield levels to increase concentration and flavor intensity
Eastern Region – Rivadavia
- One of the oldest and most traditional viticultural regions in Mendoza.
- Located 50 miles to the southeast of the city of Mendoza
- Elevation of 1,950 - 2,150 feet
- True mountain desert climate, with less than 8 inches of rain per year and 330 of sunshine days
- Very ripe, rich fruit flavors which produce wines with excellent mid-palate richness
Uco Valley Region - San Carlos & Tupungato
- Considered the premier grape-growing region of Mendoza.
- Located 100 miles South from Mendoza city
- Elevation reaches between 3,000 and 5,000 feet.
- Arid climate, between 200 - 400 mm of rain. Soils are loamy and sandy, with limestone and surface stones
- High altitude translates into much lower temperatures, allowing for more aromatic intensity and higher levels of natural acid for freshness and balance
Mendoza Central Region – Luján de Cuyo
- Home to the oldest high-quality vineyards
- Located 12 miles South from Mendoza city
- Elevation of 2,600 - 3,700 feet.
- Arid climate with an average of 180 mm of rain and alluvial clay soils and rocky subsoil that contains very low levels of organic matter
- Wide thermal amplitude conditions bring a deep violet color and concentrated plummy and spicy flavors.
Gonzalo Llensa, Tilia’s Winemaker, believes his love for the vineyard started when he grew tomatoes, peppers, and squash in his grandmother’s orchard. He is constantly looking to repurpose resources, save water, and turn off lights – a trait he got from his father, a professional electrician. Every weekend, Gonzalo walks 7 blocks to his family home for a day-long asado and dreams of one day taking over the grill from his father.
Guillermina Van Houten, Tilia Sustainability Vineyard Specialist, has always been fascinated by nature and understanding how it works. Born a scientist at heart, her focus is to care for the grape and its environment as a whole to create the best wines. Her passion for sustainability was awakened while studying in France. What inspires Guillermina about winemaking is the fact that a piece of Mendoza’s land is able to travel to the farthest parts of the world in a bottle of wine.