Creating memorable moments
Hand of God - Mano de Dios - was born of a friendship rekindled and a shared love for a country brimming with beauty and unparalleled cultural riches. Privileged with rustic and diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts steep mountains, lush vegetation, extreme deserts, sparkling glaciers, and flowing waterfalls. Our wines are meant to evoke this sense of place: the mystery, magic, history, the earth and the sun--an incredible terroir you can taste on your tongue, and feel in your heart. Mano de Dios was also an unforgettable moment in Argentine history with their 1986 World Cup win, a moment collected and shared in friendships, family, romance and, most certainly, wine.
What inspires Hand of God?
We are inspired by many things, seen and unseen. We collaborate with those who are passionate about what they do, see, feel, hear, smell and taste. Food, travel, imagination, kindness, nature, and extraordinary moments in time inspire us.
Why Mendoza, Argentina?
Situated in central-west Argentina is the Cuyo Region, home to the tallest peak outside of Asia, Mount Aconcagua, and a highly productive grape growing region.
Real estate agents say location is everything. Vignerons say the same thing. Our two estate properties, Sobremesa Vineyard and Stolen Horse Vineyard, are located 62 miles apart from each other in the Uco Valley. The vineyards are part of the Maipú region within the world-reknowned Mendoza appellation of Argentina.
Mendoza is responsible for nearly 70% of Argentina’s wine grape production. The country's main varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and most famously, Malbec with smaller amounts of Merlot, Torrontes and others. The climate is desert-like, caused by dry winds sweeping down from the Andes mountains into the valley. The region is uniquely known for having vineyards planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world; on average, vines are planted between 1,970-3,610 feet above sea level.
All of the fruit used for our Argentine wines are from our Sobremesa Vineyard and Stolen Horse Vineyard. We grow nine varietals: Sobremesa Vineyard is planted with Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Sauvignon Blanc, and the Stolen Horse Vineyard is planted with old vine Malbec.
As of 2010, over 16,000 vineyards were registered in Mendoza with 381,071 acres (154,214 hectares) planted. Argentina as a whole is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.