In 2003 Mr. Kurt Heinlein started a journey to find the right terroir to make his dream come true: “Establish a familiar winery to honor his ancestors and at the same time leave a legacy to the future generations.”
After several trips travelling many miles within Mendoza’s wine regions, he finally spotted the place to fulfill his long held desire.
San Rafael, the southern productive oasis of Mendoza, proved to be the best place to establish the estate. Just a glimpse of the stunning view that 330 ha (815,5 acres) of virgin land located at 831 mts. (2726 feet) next to the Diamante´s river banks at the foothills of the Andean Mountains were enough to realize he had found the ideal site.
In the same location where the first foundation of the city of San Rafael was settled, stands a statue of the Christ Redeemer which welcomes visitors and protects the fields of Funckenhausen.
By 2005, under the agronomic supervision of Mr. Franco Lucchini, the first 20 hectares of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines were planted.
Last but not the least, K.H. decided rely on the professional expertise and excellence of the renowned winemaker Mauricio Lorca in order to produce year after year superior quality wines that strongly represent its origin.
This long endeavor which took so many years to accomplish gained the first line of wines the name of “LA ESPERA” (“The Wait”).