Donald and Ursula Hess visited the Calchaqu valleys for the first time in 1998. They were looking for the perfect terroir and the ideal weather to produce truly unique Argentine wines. What they discovered here exceeded their expectations: They actually found their second home. Colomé s size and natural beauty inspired and rejuvenated them. In 2001 they bought Colomé. Their vision also includes social responsibility towards the people of Colomé. The Hess family contributed to the construction of the village community house and the church, as well as to the improvement of the school and the community house. Today, Colomé is the source of employment and income for most villagers. Bodega Colomé was founded in 1831 by Nicol s Severo, the Spanish governor of Salta. Some vines from this period still exist and are used for the Reserva wines. The height is one of the most important factors for the development of the vine. The higher the altitude, the greater the solar radiation and the greater the thermal amplitude, which is between 20° day and night. These factors allow a uniform and balanced development of the grapes. The vineyards of Colomé are located in the upper part of the Calchaqu Valley, considered the highest wine- growing area in the world, from 2,300 to 3,111 metres above sea level. This is where the typical red variety of Argentina, Malbec, thrives. Elegant, rich in tannins and strong. The old French red wine variety is the king of Argentine winegrowing. Its white counterpart, the Torrontés, an aromatic variety, also plays an important role in Colome. It rounds off the portfolio and enjoys great popularity. Finally a little anecdote, Donald Hess is affectionately called El Loco by the locals. With the Colomé project, he has truly created his masterpiece.