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Simple. Modern. Sustainable.

Sustainably made wine from Argentina

Simple. Modern. Sustainable.

What is good for the environment is also good for the wine. We are committed to producing high quality wines that reflect our landscape and climate. We strive to preserve the quality of our natural resources. There are four different topics we will discuss: water, energy, waste, and climate.

All of the water we use in our Salta vineyards comes from a retaining pond that collects surface melt from the Andes snow packs above and flows down from the mountains. Using both drip and surface irrigation, we’re able to precisely control the amount of water used.

Alto Molino's Delicious Rosé

We practice sustainability during our harvest. Our winery in Cafayate, Salta is one of three gravity-flow wineries in Argentina. Built into the side of a mountain, it features a three-tiered gravity flow system for winemaking that minimizes use of electricity to move the grapes through the winemaking process using only gravity. The system is not only more sustainable, but also maximizes flavor by preventing grapes from breaking prematurely, seeds from being crushed, and juice from being oxygenated or heated.

We avoid inorganic fertilizer and instead compost the pumice of our grapes and stems to improve soil fertility. After pressing the grapes, the remaining organic material is allowed to compost. It is then used to fertilize the vines.

Argentina’s climate is essential to our success in creating high quality wines in a sustainable way. Due to the high altitude that our winery operates in; we do not struggle with pests, mold or disease like other more humid wine regions do. The Andes Mountains create a dry climate in our growing regions. This area would be a natural desert, but because of our sophisticated irrigation system we can still supply our vines with as much water as they need to grow the highest quality grapes.

Alto Molino Torrontes and Malbec

Alto Molino's Torrontes, a Tropical White

Alto Molino Malbec

Alto Molino Malbec

Alto! Molino!

The Argentine Dream

Hanjan Soju | Damso Soju | Kaga Sake

Hanjan Korean Soju

Hanjan Korean Soju in a field of flowers
Hanjan Mandarin Orange

Hanjan is a brand of Korean Soju, but what exactly is Soju? Soju is a Korean spirit that was traditionally distilled from rice, but can also be made using grapes, wheat, or in the case of Hanjan, apples. The spirit typically ranges from 10-20% alcohol by volume so it is more mild than something like Vodka which it is often compared to. Soju not only has less of a burn than a spirit like vodka, but it is naturally a little more sweet as well.

Hanjan Korean Soju on a log
Hanjan Korean Soju (Americano flavor)

Hanjan Soju is a Korean apple fortified wine. The apples are fermented and turned into the apple wine base that makes Hanjan. These wines have a mild apple scent and a tender, delicate taste. No ethyl alcohol is used, only apple wine and wine distilled liquor. The apples of Korea are grown under Korea's natural climate conditions, which provide the perfect yield for apple wine. Sweetness & sourness are well balanced. Hanjan is charcoal filtered to refresh and invigorate with a smooth, clean taste.

Hanjan Korean Soju in Mandarin Orange
Hanjan Korean Soju in Mandarin Orange

Korean Soju is said to be the most popular spirit in Korea for years, and it has been steadily gaining popularity in the United States over the last few years. Korean Soju is sure to be a new favorite for your next picnic, barbeque, or pool party! Hanjan Soju is distributed by Vinocopia throughout Minnesota, and is a staple of both on-premise and off-premise accounts. Check it out on your next dinner date, or at a liquor store near you!

(Hanjan Korean Soju is available from Vinocopia in the following flavors: Original, Apple, Peach, Mandarin Orange, Americano Coffee, Ginger, Grape, and Strawberry).

Damso Distilled Soju

Damso is another type of Korean Soju. Damso is made in a differently than Hanjan which is a fortified apple wine. Damso is instead created by distilling a neutral spirit and infusing it with natural flavors that entice and tantalize the senses. Damso (as well as Hanjan) comes in at 12% alcohol by volume which makes it the perfect beverage to drink on its own, or to pair with a nice citrus salad, or your favorite delicate chicken roast.

Damso Lychee Soju
Damso Lychee Soju

This masterfully crafted soju will quickly become a new favorite edition to your liquor cabinet or for your next night out. Damso Korean Soju is distributed across the state of Minnesota by Vinocopia, and is available in four flavors: Original, Lychee, Blueberry, and Watermelon.

Hanjan and Damso together at last
Damso Lychee Soju and Hanjan Strawberry Soju

Kaga Sake

Japanese Sake at a Japanese Garden
Kaga Sake

Sake. The famous Japanese drink known and loved in Japan, and by your cousin Mike who is a self proclaimed expert on foreign culture. We've all heard of it, and seen it at the liquor store... but what exactly is Sake?

Sake at its most basic is made from water and rice, with the help of yeast and koji spores. Koji spores are dusted onto rice in order to convert the starches from the rice into sugar, then the yeast consumes this sugar and turns it into alcohol.

Infographic of what sake is made up of
Sake diagram

Another important thing to know is that there are two types of Sake that are made in different ways (depicted in the chart below). Junmai Sake is sake that is made solely from rice, as described above. The word jumai translates to 'pure rice' meaning there is no distilled alcohol added in the production of Junmai Sake. All other types of Sake that do not include 'Junmai' in the name have distilled alcohol added during the production process.

Types of Japanese Sake
Types of Sake

The numbers in the middle of the chart above indicate the rice polishing ratio of different types of Sake. The rice polishing ratio shows how much of the surface of the brown rice used in production is polished away. A lower percentage indicates a sake made from a more highly polished rice, which makes for a higher quality Sake. Jumai Daiginjyo, therefore, is often regarded as the most premium grade of Sake, made from highly polished rice.

Kaga Japanese Sake
Kaga Sake

Vinocopia distributes a wide variety of Sake throughout Minnesota. Each one is sure to delight and amaze you with their brilliant aromas and flavors.

Junmai Sake
Kaga Junmai Sake

Flying Dutchman | Piattelli Torrontés

Gin and Rum sitting by the water
Flying Dutchman Spirits

The founders of Flying Dutchman have been around the world and back. What they discovered upon their travels was the joy of sharing unique and bright flavors, much like their Danish ancestors. While their ancestors dabbled in spices, Flying Dutchman has claimed the realm of spirits as their own. Flying Dutchman Spirits are makers of vodka, rum, blue agave, and mediterráneo style gin.

Flying Dutchman Rum

Flying Dutchman’s rum would make any pirate proud, distilled with pure sugar cane. The most unique spirit from the distillery is their Blue Agave, which for legal purposes cannot be called Tequila or Mescal, which can only be distilled in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Flying Dutchman made it their goal to prove that quality agave based spirits can be made anywhere, even so close to the Northern border.

Gin sitting on a rock in the forest
Flying Dutchman Gin
Gin sitting on a log by the water
Flying Dutchman Mediterraneo Gin
Gin and Rum on ledge
Flying Dutchman Spirits

Piattelli Vineyards Torrontes
Piattelli Torrontés

Torrontés, from Piattelli Vineyards, is one of the most unique wines I myself have ever tasted. Made with Torrontés grapes in the Andes Mountains of Argentina, this crisp white wine is essential for the heatwave summers of Minnesota. To maintain its signature delicate and floral flavors, the Torrontés grapes are gently crushed at the gravity-flo Piattelli vineyard, and fermented at a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain the wines integrity. Light, floral flavors, and tropical aromas of pineapple and fresh apricot lends this wine to be perfectly suited for spicy foods, white fish, or any fresh salad.

White Wine
Piattelli Vineyards Torrontés
Piattelli Vineyards