CaliVista is our 70 acre vineyard near Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina. Located at an altitude over 3,500 feet above sea level, the rocky soils of our land provide excellent drainage allowing high quality vines to thrive.
David Kalainoff from Iowa was a senior executive at a global insurance company when he first visited Argentina in 2007 in search of a wine-related investment. Shortly thereafter he purchased a 25 hectare vineyard in Mendoza's prestigious Uco Valley. "Although my friends at work thought I was crazy, I knew in my heart that Mendoza was a unique opportunity for me to get into wine and establish myself in an industry with tremendous potential," - says David. This year he began exporting his CaliVista wine to the United States. Dave has a wife Debbie, daughter Tatiana, and son Paulo.
Paul Kalainoff has valuable background in business management and ownership.
Our winemaker is Mauricio Lorca, one of the stars in Argentine winemaking. Mauricio has university degrees in Enology and Viticulture. At age 21 he began his professional life in Mendoza at Bodega Esmeralda. Two years later he joined Michel Torino in Salta. At 24, he returned to Mendoza to become Head Winemaker of Luigi Bosca. Four years later he was made Head Winemaker at Finca La Celia where he produced several prize-winning wines. He is now the winemaker at Bodega Enrique Foster. We are very proud to have Mauricio on the Calivista team!
Sergio A. Rinaldi is our agronomist and manager. Sergio is originally from Mendoza, having spent his entire career in the local Wine Industry. He has worked with us since 2008. His educational background includes extensive foreign experiences and two master degrees in Viticulture and Enology, and Agricultural Business.
Esteban is our accountant in Mendoza, Argentina, and assists with administrative items at CaliVista.
Marcos is our vineyard caretaker. Under the direction of Sergio, he handles the daily tasks to be completed to keep the vineyard producing and looking its very best! He is helped by tractor driver Gabriel Troncoso. Sol, Marcos’s wife is in charge of the hospitality at the vineyard. Sol, an English speaker, with a background in hotel management, helps us with wine tasting and rental of the vineyard house.
David Cahill is our importer and distributor in the MidWest, USA.
We developed the Malbec and Chardonnay wines in collaboration with our winemaker Mauricio Loroa. We have carefully selected grapes from the very best parcel of our 70 acre vineyard near Tupungato, Mendoza.
This wine aged for 14 months in French (70%) and American (30%) Oak barrels. This Malbec has a deep violec color. You will find the flavors intense with a taste of ripe plums and hints of white pepper. Storing in oak barrels adds complexity as well as traces of coconut and vanilla flavors. This wine has a great structure and body with ripe solt tannins, balanced acidity and a long persistent finish. The flavors reflect the long hot days, cool nights and the clean air of Valle de Uco. It is best to experience this fine wine at 65° F.
This wine was derived from 100% Chardonnay grapes. So that the unique qualities inherent in our high-altitude grapes can be best appreciated, we have chosen not to oak this distinctive wine. You will find this wine with butterscotch, lemon, pineapple and vanilla tastes and flavors reflecting the long hot days, cool nights and the clean air of Valle de Uco. It is best to experience this fine wine at 55° F.
Tunuyan, Mendoza Province, Argentina
Our vineyard house has great views of the Andes and of course the CaliVista vineyard! Beautiful 3 bedroom house, one hour south of Mendoza!Book