After a fateful trip to France in 1999, Pax Mahle’s destiny shifted from becoming a Master Sommelier to an accomplished winemaker. He wanted to understand the wines and the earth from which they were grown on a much deeper level. After stumbling on a Pangea exhibit a few months later, Pax found his inspiration for Agharta’s unique label design and the underlying theme that resonates through his focus on this wine project.
Pax’s journey began in 2002 with the first bottling under the Agharta label in 2004. After 58 months of barrel ageing and a few months of rest in tank, this 2004 Agharta Syrah stood above anything and everything else Pax had bottled to date.
Agharta borrows its name from Miles Davis’ underground recording, which was a sensation among the intelligentsia. Agharta is the supposed underground society on Earth that only the enlightened few were invited into. It is also commonly known as a mystical place on earth where the hills are made of gold and the rivers run with wine… sounds like a great place!