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Graffigna has become one of the fastest growing Argentine wine brands over the past five years, enjoying a pioneering position within the Argentinean wine sector and renowned for its premium Malbec.

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History and know-how

The history of Graffigna is entwined in the history of Argentina. Santiago Graffigna, a passionate explorer, was an Italian immigrant who arrived in San Juan in the 1860s.


The history of Graffigna is entwined in the history of Argentina. Santiago Graffigna, a passionate explorer, was an Italian immigrant who arrived in San Juan in the 1860s. In 1870 he established Graffigna, the first operating winery in the province of San Juan. Located at the base of the Andes Mountains, the extreme climatic conditions, abundance of sunshine and minimal rainfall allowed the vineyards to flourish.

Santiago Graffigna soon established himself as a pioneer of the Argentine wine industry. He negotiated the expansion of the railway to reach San Juan and the Graffigna family created the first radio station outside Buenos Aires called the “Radio del Vino” to educate people about wine.

But it was in the vineyard and winery where Graffigna made its largest impact. The company imported over 800 varieties of grapes from Europe to study and improve its winemaking techniques, creating the largest experimental vineyard of its time.

Graffigna was also the first winery in Argentina to use the natural force of gravity in winemaking, allowing the development of a more organic process.

Then in 1944, when the winery and entire city of San Juan was destroyed by an earthquake, the Graffigna family played a vital role in helping to rebuild the town. It also turned the destruction into an opportunity, introducing a range of new winemaking techniques that helped underpin the company’s position as one of Argentina’s great wine brands.


Graffigna wines are born in a unique place. At San Juan, the sun shines over 300 days a year, the rainfall is as low as the Sahara Desert and, at 1,400 metres above sea level, there are strong temperature variations between day and night.

These hardy conditions and healthy environment produce a grape with thicker skin, which leads to wines with a higher concentration of aromas and flavours. For this reason, San Juan is the fastest growing origin of premium Argentine wine exports, and Graffigna is the leading producer and exporter.

Main markets

United States, Canada, Argentina, Netherlands, Finland, UK, Ireland, Mexico



  • Graffigna centenario


    Created in 1970 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the winery. The range includes grapes from the Tulum and Pedernal Valleys in San Juan and consists of a Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and the brand’s signature Malbec.

    Graffigna centenario
  • Graffigna Grand Reserve

    GraffignaGrand Reserve

    The Grand Reserve range contains grapes exclusively from the higher-altitudes of the Pedernal Valley, where the grapes flourish and ripen in a perfect climate. The Pedernal Valley creates wines with firm tannins, fresh acidity and structure. The range contains a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Malbec.

    Graffigna Grand Reserve
  • Graffigna Santiago


    A combination of the highest quality Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes from the high altitude vineyard in the Pedernal Valley are used for this premium quality, elegant wine. Santiago is produced as a tribute to the man who started Graffigna’s story over 140 years ago.

    Graffigna Santiago
  • No.2 Argentinian wine in Duty Free
  • 244 thousand cases sold in 2013/14

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