Sami Flichman, a Jewish immigrant of Polish origin, established the vineyard in 1873 when he purchased property in Barrancas (southern Maipu) and planted vines in rocky, well- drained plots situated along the Mendoza river. It would be Sami’s son Isaac who would begin to make fine wine at the estate, including Caballero de la Cepa, one of the first high-quality wines that garnered international awareness for premium Argentinian wines.
Caballero de la Cepa is also known to be the first single varietal wine produced in Argentina, at a time when winemakers followed French and Italian immigrants who were making blends.
Sogrape Vinhos purchased Finca Flichman in 1998, and invested heavily in restoring the vineyards and equipping the winery with modern equipment. The original Barrancas vineyard remains among their 400 hectares of vines, which also includes the higher altitude Tupungato vineyard. Chief winemaker German Berra, one of Argentina’s brightest talents, is also an Agronomist Engineer, Oenologist, and professor of Viticulture at Universidad Maza (one of the most renowned universities in Argentina); he also coordinates the Research Group on Sustainable Environmental Practices for wineries. In 2016 German was recognized as the ‘Best Young Winemaker’ in the Argentina Wine Awards. He works closely with consultant and renowned winemaker Alberto Antonini.
Chief Winemaker at Finca Flichman, is an Agronomist Engineer and Oenologist graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. His broad experience includes fifteen harvests in the U.S.A., France and Argentina.
Being a child, his first steps in viticulture were at his family’s vineyards, helping his father. German’s grandfather, an Italian immigrant, had planted those vineyards in early 1900.
He has attended specialized Viticulture and Oenology courses and seminars at Montpellier Université, France, and at Davis University, California, U.S.A. He has got a Master degree in Viticulture and Oenology for Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and L’Ecole de Montpellier.
German has been Winemaker at Finca Flichman since 2007. He had previously worked for Grupo Peñaflor and for Kendall Jackson Winery, Monterrey, California.
His passion for wine has led him to be a professor of Viticulture at Universidad Maza, one of the most renowned universities in Argentina, where he also coordinates the Research Group on Sustainable Environmental Practices for wineries.
His major challenge at Finca Flichman is focused at identifying and exploring the different micro-terroirs that assure the maximum quality potential in wines.
This range of young wines invites you to discover each grape with just enough oak contribution to enhance its identity. Misterio is both easy to drink, and complex, inviting you to discover its “Misterio,” its secrets.
Varietal wines reflect an accessible “New World” taste profile, preserving the distinctive Argentine character.
The Dedicado range of fine wines are “Terroir wines” created to express the best wine produced from Barrancas and Tupungato highlighting the distinctive differences in this subregions of Mendoza.