The word abra means path in the Quechua language, spoken by the indigenous Incas whose empire once included the region from where the Abras wine comes. Navigating and communicating across this mountainous region of the Calchaquí Valley, the Incas were grateful for these paths, which they saw as blessings from mother earth. For winemaker Karim Mussi, the path to making wine in Salta is Abras.
Karim is a force to be reckoned with in the Argentine winemaking community. He started making wine twenty years ago with grapes from his family’s vineyards in the renowned wine region of La Consulta, Uco Valley. More recently, he expanded his wine portfolio to include another important region, Cafayate, which is part of the Calchaquí Valley. This isolated paradise is an elevated desert located more than 6,500 feet above sea level, with a strong identity in the people, food, wine, music and culture.
Karim’s vision for Abras is based on sustainable farming, and wines that represent elegance, balance and aging capacity. The wines achieve an international style while still maintaining the strong identity and beauty of this place.