Dona Paula owns over 1500 acres of vineyards in the Lujan de Cuyo and Tupungato regions of Mendoza, Argentina. The vineyards in Tupungato are among the highest altitude in the world and are the most renowned of all wine growing regions in Argentina. Vineyard management at Dona Paula emphasizes maximizing the best varietal characteristics, with extensive care taken to achieve perfect ripeness while maintaining balance and freshness.Grapes are all hand picked, and winemaker Stefano Gandolini has helped Dona Paula achieve awards like “South American Winery of the Year”. The entry level Los Cardos line, named after the wild thistle that thrives in the vineyard, represents the amazing value Argentina has become famous for, as well as Dona Paula’s expertise with extensive vineyard holdings. Argentina overtook Chile in wine exports to the U.S in 2011, and the Los Cardos line represents the extraordinary value American consumers are looking for.