Juan Stallocca founded his winery in Argentina's Mendoza district in 1904. It is now run by his grandson Edgardo. The name means "seven lands" and refers to the diverse soils available to Edgardo where his grandfather once farmed. Edgardo keeps his operation small producing just 8,000 cases per year and doing nearly all the work in the vineyards and winery by himself. It is most likely very similar to how his grandfather worked over a century earlier.
Argentina's wine industry began at almost the same time as California's in the middle 19th Century. Their progress has been nearly identical as the United States is now the 4th largest producer and Argentina is the 5th. The US number, however, is slightly skewed as California accounts for 90% if that total.
One thing they don't share is Torrontes, which is a shame as it is an incredible grape and one of Argentina's stars. There is an elusive fruit component that swings from white peach and pear to red apple. It also sports a lovely spice swing that is as unique as any grape one can name.
Edgardo has done something extremely progressive here. We have never seen a sparkling sweet wine made out of Torrontes and we were absolutely flabbergasted. Why this has not been done before is quite puzzling.
The piquant quince and assertive Asian pear jumps from the glass and illuminates the air with the fragrance. In the mouth it exudes the same, adding swatches of cinnamon, clove and honey. An absolute delight in every way.