The Zuccardi family came to Argentina from Italy at the end of the 19th century. In the 1950s, Alberto V. Zuccardi, the father of current director José Alberto Zuccardi, started an irrigation company; a good choice, because virtually no agriculture and arable farming can take place in Argentina without irrigation. To prove how well the irrigation company worked, Alberto planted the first vineyards in Maipú in 1963. Ten years later, he purchased a new vineyard site east of Mendoza. His son José Alberto has been in charge of the wine company since 1985. The company has since built up an international reputation. For example, they have been chosen several times as 'The World Best Vineyard' in South America and the wines are rated with the highest scores, with even regular outliers of 100 Parker points.