PerSe is a personal project from Edgardo (Edy) del Popolo and David Bonomi. The pair met in 1995, while working together at a local winery and are now considered trailblazers on the Argentine wine scene. David is one of the most knowledgeable oenologists in the Uco Valley, with on-the-ground experience from Altamira in the south to Gualtallary in the north. Edy was practically born under a grapevine: his parents owned vineyards in north Mendoza, he went on to study oenology and agronomy, and when the winery he was working at was sold to the Santa Rita Estates, he became Doña Paula’s first Argentine employee, going on to oversee planting of over 1,500 hectares for them across Argentina.
Despite all the knowledge they were gaining, they were both mainly making a commercial style of wines, not the type of wines they really enjoyed. In 2012 they founded PerSe, a boutique project based in the Uco Valley making fine wines which express their origins as transparently as possible. The terroir they have chosen is Gualtallary, in their opinion the most interesting area within the Uco Valley, as the combination of a cool climate with complex soils is capable of producing extraordinary wines of unmistakable personality. They work with small plots, often with very stony and calcareous alluvial soils, they prune in the goblet style and work with yields that are 30-40% lower than the average in the region. These are serious wines with amazing quality for such a young project and showing balance and drinkability even at a young age.