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Susana Balbo

Susana Balbo (Argentina)

"The creation of my wines is the consecration of all my efforts as winemaker."
"I could say that the winery is my third child: a dream come true".

First Agentine Winemaker

Susana Balbo was the first female winemaker to graduate in Argentina. But, more than that, she was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired to make wine outside of Argentina. She made wine in California, Australia, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. Every year she spent a month in different regions of the world, to study local wine-making.

Susana Balbo Winery

In 1999, after Susana Balbo had worked for more than 20 years as a wine consultant for national and international companies, she started to build her own Susana Balbo winery in Mendoza.

170 Bottle Blind Test

In 2001, British Airways selected Susana Balbo's wine from a 170-bottle blind tasting, and bought 100% of the production for their business class.

Family Business

In 2010, her son José, graduated winemaker from UC Davis in California, and her daughter Ana, Bachelor of Business Administration from University San Andrés in Buenos Aires, joined the Susana Balbo wines team.

Dominio del Plata

Today their winery, Dominio del Plata, exports to more than 35 countries. The biggest markets are USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, and Japan.

Wine Styles

Crios

Young, fresh, and fruit forward wines:

Susana Balbo Signature

Susana create these wines to her personal tastes. She selects the barrels and blends them to produce the final product:

Ben Marco

The BenMarco wines are traditional Argentine style wines:

Nostros Malbec

Nosotros in Spanish means us.

This wine is dedicated to the people who works in the Dominio del Plata team. The best 40 barrels are selected each year, and then aged for 18 months in new French oak.

Awards

90+ Points for 16 different Wines in Tim Atkin´s 2019 Report:
Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade 2015: 95 points
Susana Balbo Signature Brioso 2017: 94 points
Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2017: 94 points
Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: 92 points
Susana Balbo Signature White Blend 2018: 95 points
Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés 2018: 94 points
Susana Balbo Signature Chardonnay 2017: 93 points
Susana Balbo Signature Rosé 2018: 93 points
BenMarco Expresivo 2017: 96 points
BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: 90 points
BenMarco Sin Limites Gualtallary Malbec 2018: 93 points
BenMarco Sin Limites Pedernal Malbec 2018: 93 points
BenMarco Sin Limites Gualtallary Chardonnay 2018: 92 points
Crios Torrontés 2018: 91 points
Crios Malbec 2018: 90 points
Osadía de Crear Espumante Brut Nature 2016: 90 points

2015 - Woman of the Year
by the British magazine: The Drinks Business.

2015 - Best Wine Producer Award
Banco Galicia's (financial entity) Awards for Agricultural Excellence.

2014 - 2015
President of Wines of Argentina (WOFA).

2012 - Among 50 Most Powerful Women in the Wine World
by the British magazine: The Drinks Business.

2011 - Silver Medal for Crios Chardonnay 2010
Argentine Wine Awards.

2011 - Gold Medal for Zohar Tannat 2009
Decanter World Wine Awards in the UK.

2011 - Gold Medal for Zohar Malbec 2010
Decanter World Wine Awards in the UK.

2006 - 2010
President of Wines of Argentina (WOFA).

1997 - Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
by the Argentine Organization of Businesswomen.