Born and raised in a winery, Ricardo spent much of his childhood playing among the vines. Being the fourth of nine brothers he always had a partner with whom to explore the secrets of the family’s winery.
When it came to the time to choose a professional career, Ricardo did not follow any related to wine; instead he decided to study Engineering. Still, his love for his family tradition and for Mendoza’s land is reflected today in the beautiful vineyard he and his wife own. Investing their Engineering savings in 1995, they bought land in La Consulta (Uco Valley) and soon after they planted Malbec vines. Today “Don Fernando Vineyard” is the only source of the Malbec grapes with which the wines of Larrain, Lasmartres, Toso & Undurraga are carefully crafted.
In the 19th century, Pascual Toso was a renowned viticulturist from Canale D’Alba in the heart of the Piedmont, the famed Italian appellation for Barolos and Barbarescos.
Blinded by his adventurous spirit, in 1880 he travelled to Mendoza (Argentina) where he immediately saw a promising future for viticulture. Soon after his arrival, he opened the first of the two wineries he would have in Mendoza. Early in the 1900’s, he acquired land in Barrancas region where he would consolidate its operation and from where he would build a reputation as one of Mendoza’s most prominent viticulturist. Today his family reputation for great wines remains untouched.
Don Pascual Toso is now the patriarch figure of a 5th generation family committed to the job of making premium wines in Mendoza.