The Enzo Bianchi name has a distinctive Italian ring to it, as like many other “New World” wines, its parent company, Valentin Bianchi, was founded by European immigrants nearly a century ago. In South America, it was the Italians who followed the agricultural heritage of their homeland and planted vines in such fertile soil as Argentina’s Mendoza region.
By 1928, after achieving great success, Bianchi achieved one more lifelong dream—he bought a vineyard and opened a small winery. The first wine he produced was a red “Super Medoc”. Remarkably, by 1934, his wines were award-winning and receiving national recognition and fine wine shops in Buenos Aires were stocking the wines on their shelves. Jump-start to the present day, and Valentin’s sons, grandsons and great-grandchildren, the second, third and fourth generation in the business, now called Casa Bianchi, continue his legacy.
Enzo Bianchi, a cabernet sauvignon blended with small amounts of other varieties, including Merlot, Malbec and/or petit verdot, is the winery’s flagship label, with the grapes coming from three of the winery’s vineyards. Four other labels, Particular, Famiglia Bianchi and Elsa are also exported to the U.S, market and feature such varietals as malbec, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and torrontes, each of which have made Argentina a world-class wine country.
Bianchi’s red wines were notable, including its 2014 “Particular Malbec” which retails for $30.99. The deep red wine made of 100% malbec grapes, was fermented in French oak and was complex with elegant hints of toast, slight vanilla, caramel, spices and chocolate. Full of body, it is best served with pork, beef and salmon.
Today, the company exports to more than 40 countries in Europe, North America, Central America, South America and Asia. The company has achieved tremendous success around the world and its wines are sought out by both wine aficionados and casual wine drinkers alike.
“Our wines are not aggressive,” Federico Nino, export director for Bodega Valentin Bianchi told Pursuitist during his recent visit to New York. “They are balanced and go very nicely with foods. They are friendly, likeable and approachable.”
Valentin Bianchi wines are imported to the U.S. by Napa, Calif.-based Quintessential Wines. They are available at most major wine shops.