Soluna was founded with the sole objective of preserving, through fair trade, Argentina's threatened tradition of small, family-owned vineyards. Its commitment to fair trade means that the sale of every bottle of Soluna will directly improve the living conditions of the region's small farmers, as well as the community as a whole. But the partners understand that a fair-trade business cannot survive unless it produces a superior product. To ensure success, Soluna partnered with the Furlottis, one of Argentina's oldest wine-producing families, and recruited internationally acclaimed local winemakers Hector and Pablo Durigutti.
Malbec is a red wine grape that had been primarily grown in Bordeaux, where it plays a subordinate role to its blending partners Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In the 1870s, Malbec was planted in Argentina. To everyone's astonishment, the vines not only thrived there but produced a riper, softer and less tannin wine. Soluna's 2009 offering, made from 100 percent Malbec, is a medium- to full-bodied wine with aromas of black currant, roasted plum and black cherry that are balanced by soft oak notes. Plush and silky on the palate, it shows concentrated dark fruit flavors highlighted by notes of vanilla, baking spices, light smoke, milk chocolate and coffee.