Terroir & Vineyards
Bodega Norton has five vineyards spread over the main terroirs of the province of Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. All of them are within a zone known as the First Zone for the quality of its grapes. It is not just geographical location that influences the quality of the wines, but the age of the vines. Their average age is around 30 years, but there is also a large number of acres planted with more than 80-year-old vines.
Located across from the undulating hills of Lunlunta, in the town of Junin, this is Bodega Norton´s most remote vineyard, with the lowest elevation. It consists of 173 acres, planted 2297 feet above sea level. The soil is sandy lime, with a good depth. Good white grapes such as Chardonnay and Chenin are produced here, along with some selected reds, such as Bonarda.
An old plantation of 100% Malbec, this vineyard dates from the 1920s. Of its 49 acres, 44 are located up to 2789 feet above sea level. Some of the best grapes from Norton come from this vineyard to produce some of the high-end wines. The soil is typical of the area: a mosaic of alluvial soil, sand and silt.
Located near the winery, Agrelo consists of 74 acres, 3117 feet above sea level and is planted with some of the region's oldest vines – some more than 90 years old. These vines produce highly concentrated grapes which are carefully cultivated by the enologists to produce the high-end LOTE wines. The highlights of this area are the red varieties, especially Malbec, and the dominant feature is alluvial soil, with a relatively deep layer of sand on a bed of stones.
This is the original Norton property, where the winery is located. With a hundred years of continuous cultivation, it consists of 100 hectares, almost entirely planted 950m above sea level, with vines aged between 30 and 50 years old. The terroir offers a combination of poor soils and cold air coming from the mountain, which produces aromatic and concentrated white and red grapes, perfect for making powerful and elegant high-end wines. It excels in the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec varieties.
La Colonia Vineyard
Perched at 1,100m above sea level, this vineyard in the region of Luján de Cuyo is unusual due to its sheer size: 1,045 cultivable hectares, of which 450 are planted with all the varieties of grape that are produced in the winery and have an average age of 17 years old. The soil is mostly alluvial with a preponderance of sand and stones