Altos de San Isidro is 60 acres of vineyards planted in 1970 by Héctor “Chacho” Herrero, the son of don Melchor Herrero and Francisca Cerezo, two Spanish immigrants.
The vineyards were originally planted with Torrontes and Barbera. In the early 1990’s, Chacho’s son, Héctor, took charge of the vineyards; he planted Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon using a VSP trellis system, and incorporated state-of-the art drip irrigation.
In 2006, Héctor and his wife Rosana founded the family winery Herrero Cerezo, taking the name from the grandparents who immigrated to Argentina from the Ribera del Duero in 1912.
Héctor carries out extensive and numerous experiments using micro-vinification to exploit the potential of his family vineyard.
José Luis Mounier is a long time neighbor to the Herrero family. His Finca las Nubes, “The Farm in the Clouds”, is located nearby to Altos de San Isidro. Although originally from Mendoza, José Luis has produced wine in Salta for more than 25 years. He is currently considered by many as the top winemaker in Salta and has brought his knowledge and experience to Altos de San Isidro to help achieve the best wines possible from this special vineyard.
In 2009, Héctor and José Luis Mounier produced and bottled their own Malbec, Barbera and Torrontes from the highly valued Altos de San Isidro property.
Assisting Hector and José Luis are Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach.
Alejandro Sejanovich was the Vitcultural Director at Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years. He was a pioneer in high altitude vineyard planting in Mendoza and directed advanced research of the Malbec clones. Alejandro has managed vineyards all over Argentina, from Salta in the North to Patagonia in the South. As one of the principal players in viticulture in Argentina, Alejandro focuses on the vineyard of Altos de San Isidro in the unique region of Salta.
Jeff Mausbach spent the last 13 years as the Wine Education Director at Catena Zapata. He has traveled the world talking about the unique character of Argentinean wines. Jeff has vast experience in the World market, from the United States to England, Canada and Japan. As a sales and marketing expert on Argentina, Jeff carries the message of the singular character of the Altos de San Isidro region to international wine markets.