Grupo Foster Lorca
Our winery is located in Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, about 30 minutes away from the city of Mendoza, in the heart of the most important wine touristic areas of Mendoza. Upon entering we are greeted by our Malbec vines. The winery itself has been built in a modern classical style, surrounded by gardens designed by a landscape artist using native plantings and having the Andes mountain range as a backdrop.
The winery boasts the latest technology in the production of wines of the highest quality: small-capacity stainless steel tanks and cement deposits, each with independent temperature controls, enable a specific and detailed monitoring of each one of our wines. Ageing takes place in barrels of French and American oak.
The winery also has equipment which receives, sorts and selects the incoming grapes and subsequently bottles, labels and also packs the wine for shipment, thus allowing us to control quality at each stage of the wine making process. We have obtained ISO 22.000 certification for our production process, confirming our objective of delivering premium wines which reflect exactly what nature offers.
Crushing Capacity: 15,000 kilograms (16.5 tons) per hour.
Tank Storage: 1.6 million liters.
Ageing Capacity: 500 French and American oak barrels of 225 and 500 liter capacity.
Bottling Capacity: 2,500 bottles per hour.
Bottle Storage Capacity: 600,000 bottles.
The three vineyards which provide the grapes for Foster Lorca wines are located in the prestigious Valle de Uco, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the center of Mendoza. Valle de Uco is considered world-wide a prime grape-growing region due to its natural qualities. It lies 1,050 to 1,500 meters (3,400 to 4,900 feet) above sea level; the temperature may drop about 25º C (77º F) at night time and it offers an assortment of micro climates that allow the planting of different varieties – each with the specific conditions necessary to develop and reveal their essence.
Careful vineyard management and extensive green harvesting are applied, seeking to produce enough grapes per vine only for one or two bottles. The reduced number of grapes benefit from the concentration of tannins and vitality of the vines until the indicated time for the harvest.
The drip irrigation installed uses water from the snow melt of the Andes, thus contributing natural nutrients and minerals to the soil and, ultimately, to the wines.
Our wines are inspired in nature and thus, our interest for environmental care. Our main goal is quality, which is attained through teamwork and our attention to detail during the wine process.
We are determined to preserve the environment and consider the next generations, so these are our sustainability practices:
IN THE VINEYARD
OOur agricultural process is environmentally conscious, we are conservationist. Ours is a drip irrigation system, which allows us to successfully use 95% of water flow, versus traditional systems that only use 40% of water flow.
As regards agrochemicals, we always select products that have the least environmental impact.
Using the technique of sexual confusion, we use pheromones to reduce the need for pesticides thereby avoiding the impact of toxins in the wine.
For terroir conservation and to preserve unique characteristics of our wines, we incorporate organic material which maintain fertility levels and avoid erosion from rain, wind, etc.
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO PRESERVING WATER
– We use spray washers to clean barrels, tanks and sinks since the use of high pressure washers saves water and improves waste disposal.
– Combining spray washer and steam and ozone, to clean tanks, sinks and mechanical equipment enhances cleaning while avoiding the use of chemical products and improves water quality from the water treatment plant, allowing the agricultural reuse of water.
OTHER SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
– The majority of our wines are packaged in ecological bottles. Our bottles are slightly smaller than most conventional wines. This contributes to a reduction in transportation emissions resulting from traveling from the glass manufacturer to the winery, and from the winery to our clients. As a result, we are reducing our carbon footprint.