French brothers David and Salvador Michel, and David´s Italian wife, Gabriela Torino, arrived in Northern Argentina, in the province of Salta in the second half of the 19th century.
Adventurous, free spirited and passionate, they are considered among the pioneers to have planted wines in the Calchaquí Valley. In 1892, they founded “Michel Torino Hermanos”. Because of its high altitude, this was not a valley expected to grow grapes. And yet its potential, as they quickly discovered, was huge. An oasis in the middle of the desert, lying 1700 meters above sea-level!
When David and Gabriela passed away, they left their children to develop the new vineyard. They planted the first Torrontés grapes in the valley and also acquired more hectares in 1925. Michel Torino is still a family wine – but it has accomplished international fame, and is now part of the Peñaflor winemaking group.