About Cepas Elegidas


 

Brennan Firth created Cepas Elegidas (SEH-Pas, El-Eh-HE-Das), meaning 'Chosen Vines', to shine a spotlight on ‘true’ and authentic wines in Mendoza, Argentina.

Cepas Elegidas believes deeply that each year, each vintage, is a completely unique wine, and thus each chosen wine has a unique name and label, to be made only once, and only if they meet certain requirements.

Beginning in 2009, Brennan Firth has been focused on making wines with the utmost character and integrity, with a deep desire to preserve the soulfulness of the structure, texture, and aromatic complexity found naturally in each vineyard. This means utilizing high quality, hand-harvested, low yield, sustainable fruit, and making the wine with indigenous yeasts, not adding enzymes, being patient with barrel aging on lees, and not filtering or fining the wines .

Unique winemaking philosophies have earned Cepas Elegidas positive publicity with sommeliers, restaurant owners, wine reviewers, and tourists from the world over.

In the last six years Cepas Elegidas has purchased over 200 tons of high quality fruit from a variety of vineyards, and produced 70,000+ bottles of distinctive and unique authentic wines. Most Cepas Elegidas wines are available in very limited quantities, with annual production in the last 5 years ranging from a mere 250 cases to 2,500 cases, depending solely upon quality in the vineyards.

Cepas Elegidas has been exploring the unique microclimates in Argentina, becoming very knowledgeable of the best growers and their agronomic practices. Grapes have been sourced from: 

MENDOZA VALLE DE UCO
El Cepillo
La Consulta
Altamira
Vistaflores
Chacayes
Tupungato
Cordon del Plata
Gualtallary
Capiz

LUJAN DE CUYO
Anchoris
Ugarteche
Agrelo
Perdriel
Mayor Drummond
Vistalba
Las Compuertas

MAIPU
Lunlunta
Russell
Cruz de Piedra
Barrancas
Coquimbito

ESTE MENDOZA
San Martin
Alto Chapanay
Medrano

SAN JUAN
Valle del Pedernal
Zonda
Rivadavia
Tulum
Rawson
Huanacache
Valle de Calingasta

LA RIOJA
Valle de Famatina

SALTA
Cafayate

JUJUY
Quebrada de Humauaca
Villa Perchel

To date Cepas Elegidas has made wine with:

Chardonnay
Torrontes
Viognier
Chenin Blanc
Pedro Ximenez
Moscatel de Alejandria
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Malbec
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Cabernet Franc
Tempranillo
Bonarda
Lambrusco
Tannat
Graciano
Tannat
Aspirant Bouchet
Criolla