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Our history

Our vineyards at San Juan have seen over 145 years of Graffigna's winemaking history, producing their finest grapes to bottle Argentina's heritage and passion.

Santiago Graffigna

The arrival of an italian immigrant to San Juan, Argentina, marks the beginning of the winery's history. To this day, his dedication and passion towards winemaking set the spirit towards the pursuit of excellence and innovation.

1870
1870

San Juan's first vineyard is founded under the name of none other than Santiago Graffigna.

1885
1885

Santiago leads the railway expansion to reach new consumers. The winery becomes one of the first in Argentina to sell branded wine.

1895
1895

This year is marked by the return to Argentina of Santiago's son, Juan. He brings new ideas from Italy, such as the use of cold in the vinification, new strains of grapes, the installation of the first compressors and bigger tanks. Graffigna stands out at that time for being one of the most innovative wineries in the country.

1923
1923

Graffigna breaks new ground regarding the winermaking process, as Santiago and Juan build a natural slope system implementing force of gravity to handle grapes. The winery starts to bottle its product, which now has a vast varietal collection.

More than 800 varieties of grapes are imported from different countries in Europe in order to be studied, resulting in the most complete ampelographic collection in Argentina.

1935
1935

The winery is one of the first ones to use cold in the vinification process and the use of liquid and dosable sulfur dioxide. Plus, they install the first colanders, which allow the elaboration of white wine made from colored grapes.

1970
1970

The winery's 100 birthday is celebrated with the creation of the Grand Reserve line, designed to honour the legacy of the founder and creator, Santiago Graffigna.

2009
2009

Graffigna is named “Winery of the Year” in the U.S. by the Critics Challenge, and Graffigna Centenario becomes the most awared Malbec of 2007-2008.

Graffigna wines are included in the Pernod Ricard portfolio.

2010
2010

Graffigna Centenario and Grand Reserve Malbec are awarded 90 points by the world renowned oenologist, Robert Parker.

2013
2013

Graffinga partners with Riedel to create their first Malbec glass.