Meet Your Maker: Juanfa Suarez

The fourth generation of his family to work vineyards, there’s history inside every bottle that Juanfa Suarez – a musician (trumpet) who happens to make wine – at Finca Suarez. With two vineyards to the bodega’s name, Finca Altamira’s Malbec, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced biodynamically.

What was the last wine you made?

Last week I finished the Finca Suarez Chardonnay 2015 and Traslapiedra, which is a new project I am working on with my friends. It’s a red blend based on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Paraje Altamira, like every wine I produce. It’s fermented and kept in concrete eggs for 12 months.


Juanfa Suarez from Fina Suarez.
Juanfa Suarez from Finca Suarez.


What did you drink last night?

Gerardo Michelini’s Ji Ji Ji Chenin Blanc.

Tell me about your favourite harvest.

2013 was a cold and nice year in Altamira. We were able to produce a very pure and mineral Malbec with natural acidity.

What’s new for the 2016 harvest? 

The new thing coming up is a Semillón and this is kind of a heritage label because my great-grandfather and my grandfather loved this grape: they insisted that this was “the” Argentine white.

Where in the world would you like to make wine?

I think it would be Northern Rhône as I love those wines, the landscape and the food from that region.

If you were a wine, you’d be…

I guess I’d be a Malbec from Altamira, because that’s my place, my history and I have very good percentage of that juice running through my veins every day!

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