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Mateo Bar de Tapas (Durham) with Bodegas Salentein

Bodegas Salentein

The goal of Bodegas Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created.  The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope.

Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality —with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, application of European artistry, and advanced technology— is yielding world-class wines.

The Salentein estate consists of 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres), 700 hectares (1,124 acres) of which are planted to grapes in three estate “fincas”. The fincas, where grapes are grown at a range of altitudes among the highest in the world, are irrigated with pure mountain run-off, which creates lower pH in the grape, resulting in higher acidity, more color in the wine, and greater ageability.

Dennis Koelewijn (cool-wine) passion for wine started while working in a wine shop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands while still in college. During that time he also started traveling extensively to visit as many wine regions as possible, from South Australia, Burgundy, Rhone, South Africa to Napa Valley. After that he spent several years representing South African, Australian and US wines for Great Grapes, a wine importer in The Netherlands. After moving to California, he had several positions with import and distributing companies. Representing Salentein Family of wines for the US market has given him the opportunity to exercise all of his experience in importing and distributing wine, and be a part of a dynamic family owned company with tremendous opportunity in the United States.





MATEO BAR de TAPAS is the first solo venture from chef Matthew Kelly of Vin Rouge, housed in the old Book Exchange building in the heart of downtown Durham.

Featuring a menu that blends the flavors of Spain with beloved ingredients and dishes of the South, MATEO offers a casual, yet refined, menu of Spanish small plates with a Southern inflection.

Accompanying the food is a robust Spanish wine list as well as one of the largest sherry offerings in the country.

MATEO BAR de TAPAS has already created waves by earning a place as a James Beard Best New Restaurant Semifinalist and Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle Winner.


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