There are over 200 native bee species in Mendoza, In the vineyards, the bee pollinators help the cover crops in between rows thrive and maintain their genetic diversity. These cover crops are essential for generating nutrients and minerals for the vines. The bees also assist in controlling insect populations and in maintaining the overall ecosystem.
Guillermina has always been fascinated by nature and understanding how it works. Born a scientist at heart, her focus is to care for the grape and its environment as a whole to create the best wines. Her passion for sustainability was awakened while studying in France. What inspires Guillermina about winemaking is the fact that a piece of Mendoza’s land is able to travel to the farthest parts of the world in a bottle of wine.
The Tilia or Tilo tree, our wine label’s namesake, although not a native species, adapts well to Mendoza because it tolerates the region’s drought and mountain cold. The leaves are made into a calming tea which is traditionally drunk after lunch or dinner, to facilitate an afternoon siesta or bedtime.
Gonzalo believes his love for the vineyard started when he grew tomatoes, peppers, and squash in his grandmother’s orchard. He is constantly looking to repurpose resources, save water, and turn off lights – a trait he got from his father, a professional electrician. Every weekend, Gonzalo walks 7 blocks to his family home for a day-long “asado” and dreams of one day taking over the grill from his father.
A hardy native plant, resistant to drought and covered with yellow flowers in spring, jarrilla provides pollen for the over 200 species of native bees in Mendoza. By increasing biodiversity, native plants maintain insect and bird ecosystems. The leaves of jarrilla are traditionally used to make a tea believed to act as an anti-inflammatory, reducing fevers and pain.
Also known as the Roadside Hawk, it has a long tail, disproportionately short wings, and a high pitched, piercing squeak. It is highly protective of its nest and has been known to attack humans who approach it. The gavilán plays an important role in the vineyard ecosystem, controlling rodents that eat into the vineyard roots as well as noxious insects. It rarely eats other birds, and fortunately, there are not many grape-eating birds in Mendoza.