As can be inferred from the brief description above, Bodega Don Bosco boasts a rich and attractive history, not only because of its long-standing tradition and social value but also because it has exerted a paramount influence on the development of Argentina's wine industry.
History. Bodega Don Bosco has a rich and long history: one of the oldest and most important in Argentine winemaking, always intimately related to the devoted Salesian mission. Significant landmarks:
Around 1875, the first Salesians arrived at the Rodeo del Medio district, in the department of Maipú, with the aim of developing evangelism, education and social promotion activities with the immigrants of the area.
In 1898, Doña Lucía Barrionuevo de Bombal donated to the Salesian society an estate comprising several hectares, destined for the creation of a school of agriculture for the young.
According to historical records, wine was already being produced in Bodega Don Bosco by the year 1901, and was shipped to Buenos Aires. In 1903, practical lessons in vinegrowing and enology began to be taught at the school, which still exists nowadays. Thus, the Salesians may rightfully be considered as agents of geographic, economic and cultural transformation.
One of the main attractions of the winery from that period still remains today: the underground cellar. Built in 1880, it has incomparable historical value, as it is said to be the oldest in our country. The cellar is presently open to visitors. It houses wine batches from the beginnings of last century, which contributes to that magical atmosphere offered by the place.
The winery and the school kept developing and improving throughout the years, accompanying the development of Argentina's wine industry for decades.
One of the most relevant periods in Don Bosco winery's history took place at the time of father Francisco Oreglia's central role. He was a Salesian priest who was educated at the school and later on completed his enological studies in Italy. His passion for teaching enology left deep traces in the history of Argentine winemaking. His most important work was perhaps the foundation, in 1965, of the Don Bosco School of Enology (functioning on the same premises), which has been the cradle of great Argentine winemakers.
The importance of father Oreglia's work was such that he is considered by many to be "the father of Argentine enology." This is why Bodega Don Bosco has sought to honor his work by making a great wine. Oreglia Malbec.