La Vida Buena Vineyard Estates  



  We Use The Micro-vinification process

to  make Premium wine one

225-liter barrel at a time

Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet 






                          A Vineyard Development Rich In History 

La Vida Buena Vineyards’ land, 44 hectares or 108-acres, dates back to 1796 when a Frenchman from Limoges acquired thousands of hectares in San Rafael.

The Los Alamos Estancia and estate was built in the 1830s by the Bombal family. It originally served as a frontier fort. Domingo Bombal, an eleven term Governor of Mendoza Province (between 1863–1890), owned the estate until his death in 1908.

In 1926, artist Susana Bombal began rebuilding Los Alamos, a home she inherited from her grandfather.

In the early 1900s nine Pretel brothers from Spain arrived in San Rafael and began to work hard to acquire land. Five of the enterprising brothers purchased 700 hectares from the Bombal family. Over the ensuing decades land was sold off in large parcels.

In 2007 Thomas and Yvonne Phelan purchased the last remaining piece of the land purchased by the Pretels from the Bombals.

Today Camilo Aldoa and family, Susana Bombal was his Aunt, are neighbors, good friends and affiliate partners in the la Vida Buena Wine making and Barrel Program.

                  We Sell Malbec and Chardonnay Vineyards

                             Chardonnay Jewel - US$129,950

                     Mumms Bodega Buys Our Chardonnay Grapes

4.25-acre six year-old 100% Turnkey Vineyard (picture below)

This lovely six-year-old Chardonnay vineyard pictured above is located in a 108-acre Vineyard development in San Rafael, Mendoza Province, Argentina. It is 100% Turnkey, everything is handled for you. Located directly across from this vineyard is a worker’s house, 24/7 on-site Vineyard Manager, vineyard workers, tractor and implements, water well, Agronomist, Enologist and an Argentine CPA to maintain the books. Also established winemaking relationships and established grape sales to award winning Bodegas and Wineries like Mumms are in place and available to you.

For the 2015 March harvest this vineyard produced 25,000 kgs. of grapes (55,000 pounds) and for the fourth straight year the Chardonnay grapes were sold to Bodega Mumms to make Champagne.

‚ÄčImagine yourself in the picture below walking through your rows of grapes eager to be harvested and made into fine wine. La Vida Buena Vineyards can turn your dream into a reality. 

Sí, habla español

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USA Phone: (919) 321-8448


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Tom and Yvonne Phelan, the owners of La Vida Buena Vineyards, have been featured in ...

La Vida Buena Vineyards is represented Internationally by:

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PDF EBOOK 137 Pages
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This 137 page EBook is a powerful hands-on Must Read for people who are researching the possibility of buying or building a Vineyard in Argentine.


Written by two Americans, Tom and Yvonne Phelan, who live in Argentina and the US and between 2008 – 2013 successfully created from raw land a 108-acre vineyard development whose grapes are purchased by prestigious San Rafael Bodegas like the famous champagne maker, Mumms.


The Phelan’s Argentine experience was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and a Business Insider article published on the Internet in June 2012 that to date has been read by 450,000 people.

Master Winemaker Mauro (l.), Yvonne Phelan and Camilo Aldao (r.) enjoy tasting Wine made from La Vida Buena Malbec grapes harvested in 2013. Camilo and his family own Bodega Bombal y Aldao built in 1919 and the famous Los Alamos Estancia built in 1830. Using the micro-vinificacion process we made three 225-liter French oak barrels of Malbec, one of Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Syrah. To learn more aout the micro-vinificacion process contact me at 


Winemaker Mauro (l), Yvonne Phelan, and Camilo Aldao (r) Owner of Bodega Bombal y Aldao built in 1919 taste wine directly from the barrel. The wine ages in French Oak Barrels from 12 - 24 months before bottling. Mauro was the first Argentine Winemaker to receive a 100 point rating for an Argentine wine.

Vineyard Broker Services

Vineyards are like snowflakes, no two are alike. I also broker larger 25 – 100+ acre Vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu, valle de Uco, La Consulta and other key Mendoza Province areas. Some Vineyards have Bodegas with established wine sales and distribution. Contact Tom @                     

Plat Map

   Plat Map

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Above workers at La Vida Buena Vineyards harvest grapes. Below is the cave of Bodega Bombal y Aldao in San Rafael built in 1919 where we make our wine. Our wine shares storage with such luminaries as Queen Maxima of Holland and Prince Albert of Monaco plus many famous Argentine Polo and Soccer players . 


 Nearby Golf and Tennis Accomodations


Want to know more? Contact Tom at

  Si, hablamos espanol  -  Contact Yvonne at:

Chardonnay Harvest 2015

     Each Year Bodega Mumms Buys Our Grapes To  Make Champagne





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