Owners, Rance Rathie and Travis Smith, best friends and passionate outdoorsmen originally from the State of Montana, have spent half of their lives developing Patagonia River Guides, considered to be one of the world’s top fly fishing destinations. Within their style of exploring and doing things differently, they have spent the better part of the last decade planting the Contra Corriente vineyard. They have struggled with Chubut’s extreme terroir, combined with long distances from other winemaking regions and little technical assistance. Despite countless problems and mishaps, they never gave up. In the end, they succeeded, playing a big role in pioneering Argentina’s new and exciting southernmost wine region, within their style of being persistent, resilient, and tenacious — going against the current!
Rance and Travis realized early on that Trevelin Valley wines would be unique and incredible; however, to achieve true greatness, they also realized they would need to surround themselves with the best vineyard and winemaking team. They have done just that.
Sofia Elena started as vineyard manager and winemaker in 2018. Sofia brings ten-years of experience working predominately in cold climate wine regions such as Oregon, France, New Zealand, and Chile. Sofia loves to get her hands dirty in the vineyard, knowing that wine is made in the vineyard, and is passionate about cold climate wines.
Jeff LeBard leads the project as consulting winemaker, overseeing the project as a whole. Jeff brings unmatched expertise, talent and energy to the Contra Corriente team, and has been critical in producing all of our wines, including our first incredible vintage in 2018. Jeff brings over twenty years of experience producing exquisite wines for Gainey Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, California.