1) Can I actually own the lot I buy in my own name?
Yes, you can have the title to your lot, or lots, in your own name. To own property in Argentina, a foreigner needs to have a CDI (equivalent to a Tax ID number in the United States). The legal team can obtain a CDI for you in one day. This service is complimentary when you buy a lot.
2) Can I choose the variety of grapes to plant on my property?
Yes, definitely. All lots in VDV have a soil type that is excellent for planting Malbec grapes. In addition, our team of agronomists can consult with you about other varieties of grapes that might be suitable to plant on your property. A little more than 5 acres of Malbec is already planted because it's the best grape for the area and Argentina variety.
3) Can I choose the quality of wine I want to produce and have my vineyards managed in that way?
Yes, absolutely. Your vineyards have been planted with high quality standards, and our agronomists and enologists will take your input and use it to manage your vineyards for the type and quality of wine you want to produce. Part of this planning will be the number of root stock plants to plant per hectare, and the way to manage the grape production for top quality wine.
4) How do I arrange for my vineyards to be planted and maintained?
VDV has assembled a special team of Mendoza wine industry experts to design, plant, and maintain your vineyards. You can choose to participate as much, or as little, as you like, but in any case, you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that your vineyards are being meticulously cared for.
5) What is the planting season for vineyards, and what is the general process?
Your first 2 Hecs vineyards have been already planted with the concept of best draw for your landscaping. You land has been leveled and prepared, and your irrigation system with drip irrigation put in place. Then your root stock plants were selected and planted, with only the highest quality stock chosen from renowned Mendoza nurseries. We then have selected the appropriate posts, wire and other materials, and installed them according to the plan. Then there was the planting of the root stock plants, applying any needed fertilizers, and any needed UV and/or pest protection. We begin irrigation of new plants, and vineyard maintenance began. Timing of the work for planting vineyards: We call this YEAR ZERO April to June - Prepare and level land. May - Reserve root stock plants. May to mid-August - Install posts, wires, and other vineyard infrastructure. Mid-August to early October - Plant root stock plants, begin irrigation and maintenance. YEAR ZERO ends at the end of December of the first year
6) How long does it take for my vineyards to produce grapes that can produce wine?
In YEAR ONE you will not have any grapes for wine production. In YEAR TWO, you could have a small quantity of grapes for wine production, about 20% of full capacity. In YEAR THREE you can have up to 85% capacity. In YEAR FOUR your vineyard will be at full capacity.
7) How was the VDV vineyard team chosen?
VDV team has worked with top Mendoza and Valle de Uco agronomists and enologists for years. The team has planted, and is now maintaining, many hectares of vineyards in the area of VDV. Through this work, we have assembled a renowned team of experts with years of experience in Valle de Uco. The vineyard team manages each vineyard for its specific microclimate, something that is very important in Mendoza, and in Valle de Uco in particular. Our agronomists live and work in Valle de Uco, and have for over 20 years. The same is true for most of our enologist and for our well-known winemaking consultants.
8) How do I know that Valle de Uco is a good location for lifestyle and vineyards?
Valle de Uco is part of the Wine Routes of Argentina, and it has been chosen by many of Argentina's most famous wineries as their home. VDV neighbors include Bodega Salentein, Bodega J&F Lurton, Bodega Adeluna, Bodegas Monteviejo and Flechas de Los Andes of the Clos de Siete group; Bodega O. Fournier, Bodega La Celia, and others. Beyond our winery neighbors, many other top wineries own vineyards in Valle de Uco. They include Bodega Catena Zapata, Bodega Norton, Bodega Traipiche, and others. Further, soil sample and water analysis reports are available for your review, along with agronomist reports for the best type of grapes to plant. In terms of lifestyle, there is no more beautiful place in the world than Valle de Uco, with unrivaled views of the Andes Mountains, crisp clean air, and a myriad of outdoor activities at your doorstep. And all of this is less than an hour's drive from downtown Mendoza City. But don't take our word for it. We invite you to visit VDV and see for yourself.
9) Is my vineyard planting included in the cost of my lot?
Yes, more than 2 Hec. per parcel is already included. The cost for planting in 2008 is about $15,000 USD per hectare. A detailed Excel of costs for planting per hectare is available on request, along with a procedures document from our vineyard team. Our vineyard team looks forward to discussing this with you, and to answering all your questions, including questions about maintenance costs going forward into Years 1, 2, 3, and on.
10) When it comes time to make my wine, how do I arrange that?
The vineyard team can take care of your private label wine production, from harvest to the finished bottled product. With your input, our expert winemakers will make your wine. The finished product is yours to enjoy, share with friends, or sell. VDV will not sell your wine for you, that is your responsibility, however, the VDV sales teams can work with you to help you find the best means of distribution. The cost to produce top quality wine in 2007 is between $ 10 and $ 18 Arg. pesos per bottle, from harvest to finished product. For the highest quality wine, with low yield grape production, you can double these figures.
11) Can I have a home on my lot in VDV?
Yes, absolutely. An important part of the VDV concept is to create a community of like-minded people who want to enjoy the vineyard lifestyle, and share the natural splendor of Valle de Uco. The VDV architectural team has designed eighteen luxurious model homes for you to choose from. You can choose a model home, and then modify it to your specifications, or you can design your home from scratch with our architects, or an architect of your own. If you design your own home, it must be approved by VDV management according to the community covenants.
12) What are the costs for constructing a house in VDV?
Costs depend on the options you choose, however, high quality construction with top materials and fixtures runs between $1,800 pesos and $2,400 Arg. pesos per square meter ($55 USD to $80 USD per square foot). VDV has a construction team to build your house, or you can choose a contractor of your own.
13) When my house is built does VDV have a management service available?
Yes, the VDV hospitality team can manage your property in turnkey fashion. Owners can choose from basic to all-inclusive fee-based management packages. VDV can do everything from maintaining your home, to managing and paying your local bills, to arranging custom travel, airport pick-ups, stocking your house with food for your arrival, arranging chefs, maids, masseuses, and more. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.
14) What is the overall timeframe for completing the development of VDV?
Urbanization began in April 2007, and includes: lot lay-out and design, large storage galpon and project headquarters, service entrance and service infrastucture, perimeter fences and landscaping, main estate entry gate and security facilities, interior roads and lighting, and installation of electricity, potable water, irrigation systems, and other infrastructure. Schedule completion is Feb 2008. All vineyard estate parcels are ready to plant in early 2008 planting season. Parcel owners could begin construction of a home now, although there is no requirement to build a home. Owners can build a home any time they choose, or not at all.