Chandon Brut Fresco is the newest creation from the world’s leading producer of world class Champagne’s and sparkling wines, Moet & Chandon and its progeny Chandon. Originating in France’s Champagne district, Moet & Chandon traces the traditions of a single family who, for more than 250 years has been forging the fine reputation as France’s leading Champagne producer (Dom Perignon Champagne, the world’s most renowned Champagne, is part of this group). Today, this great tradition continues with five other prestigious wineries with prime vineyard locations around the world: Bodegas Chandon in Argentina, Domaine Chandon in Australia and California, Chandon de Brazil, and Masia Chandon in Spain. In 1960, Chandon established a presence in the premier Argentinean wine making region of Mendoza with Bodegas Chandon. Over the years, a reputation for producing exceptional sparkling wines has been carefully cultivated by matching grape varieties to the terroir or soil and growing conditions. Chandon Brut Fresco traces its unique heritage to the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, where plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Semillon varietals enjoy optimal growth conditions for the perfect ripening of the fruit. The winery is state-of-the-art and is directed by Chandon’s international winemaking team, including many experts from Champagne. For Chandon Brut Fresco, the two traditional Champagne varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with small quantities of Semillon (of Bordeaux fame) come from vineyards located high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The exceptional soil, irrigated by the purest water from melted snow pack, and the near permanent sunshine produce grapes of exquisite character and health. These vineyards are located at altitudes ranging from 3,500 – 4,600 feet up sea level, making then some of the highest in the world. Under these healthful conditions very little pest control or spraying is ever needed. Given such advantageous conditions and over 150 years of viticulture history in Mendoza, Chandon is able to select only the finest grapes for Chandon Brut Fresco. True to its Champagne origin, Chandon produces Brut Fresco by the painstaking “methode traditionnelle” or Champagne method as it is known in the Champagne region of France. This is the most expensive and time-consuming process of sparkling wine production in which the wine is fermented in its actual bottle. This labor intensive method requires at least a year to complete properly, although many great sparkling wines may see many years of aging in the bottle before release.