Carmelo Patti is a one-man, wine-making legend in Mendoza.
His Bodego “El Lagar” has no sign, only a number, and as you walk down a narrow alley you come across a warehouse, a gravel courtyard, and an old cement corridor leading to a modest number of tanks and barrels. He has no full time employees, and yet his wines are loved all over the world.
As the wine ages in bottles, Carmelo controls temperature in the warehouse using styrofoam boards.
After renting tanks in other wineries for years, Carmelo finally bought his own bodega in the late nineties.
He’s a perfectionist and will not not releasing a vintage when it fails to meet his own high standards. “No quiero hacerlo commercial” he says – “I don’t want to do it commercially”.