Our Wine Story

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Our Story

Hank Bannister and Martin Pekarek started doing wine visits and research in Cafayate in early 2000. In 2002 they supplemented their wine tours with a wine created by their close winemaker friend Carlos Rodriguez. Hank thought Condor Valley a catchy name and Martin created the first labels, so they bottled their first 300 Cabernets for the Inn at Chicoana and thus Condor Valley Wine was born.

In 2005 the historic estancia, La Bodega, was purchased. On leaving La Bodega near the gorge and Juramento dam, Martin and Hank looked up and saw some 26 condors circling on the late afternoon thermals.  Soon after the wine label Condor Valley was adopted for the newly purchased property.

In 2007  upcoming Sonoma winemaker, Duncan Meyer, and his future wife Erin, came to investigate the terroir at Condor Valley as a potential viticultural area.  The prognosis – thumps up.

2008 Martin’s 22 year old son, Bruno, travels to Sonoma for a month to intern with Duncan Meyer and Eric Demuth during the harvest that year.  Bruno catches the wine making and vineyard bug.  Hank abets the flame.

Many more small yearly bottlings of Condor Valley wine with Carlos Rodrigues in Animana in the Calchiques Valley.

2015 1st field blend vintage from Teru Teru vineyard

2017  March: The first harvest of Tannat, Malbec and Cabernet grapes from the 2.5 acre El Cordon Vineyard

2018 March:  Upcoming first harvest of the 5 acre Quebracho Doble Vineyard.  Small parcels of Syrah, Petit Verdot, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc will be picked in addition to different clones of Tannat, Malbec and Cabernet from Mendoza

2018 the construction of a Pulperia where an old adobe Puesto stood fondly referred to as Casa Blanca Baja.  The Pulperia will be where you can taste our wines, nibble on food and buy Condor Valley caps and bandanas.  It will be built in a traditional style reflecting back on the gaucho Pulperias of old.

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