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Francois Lurton Bodega Piedra Negra
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The quest for discovery of Francois Lurton and his brother Jacques, fifth generation Bordelaises, saw them head to Argentina in search of new possibilities. They arrived in Alta Uco Valley, an area of majestic natural beauty and black soils in the foothills of the Andes. Although nothing more than a semi-desert at the time, they were the first to recognise the potential of this area for vine-growing.
Their Bordeaux vigneron father, André Lurton, came to confirm their choice, likening the gravel soils to those of Pessac Léognan, the supreme white wine appellation of Bordeaux and home to the family’s Château La Louvière and Couhins Lurton. And so the brothers Lurton snapped up as much land as they were able to afford and established Bodega Piedra Negra.
As the brothers set about planting the vineyards, fate intervened and saw them receive a delivery of Pinot Gris in place of Chardonnay – a serendipitous turn of events which has resulted in the largest planting of Pinot Gris in Argentina.

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