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Argentine winemaking regions are often located in broad valleys or sloping plains and offer ideal conditions for grape growing.  Most of the vineyards are located far from the cities and their pollution, and grow on young, scarcely tilled soils. Main grape varieties are Malbec and the indigenous white grape Torrontés.  Most of the vineyards in Argentina lie next to the Andes, in a series of irrigated oases while the rest is desert. These lands spread across more than 1500 kilometres from the Provinces of Salta in the north to Rio Negro and Neuquen in Patagonia.

Let’s take a look at some of Argentina’s important wine regions as below :

Mendoza Province : Mendoza is the prime winemaking region in Argentina, accounting to 70% of all the wine produced in the country. 1,60,000 hectares of the area is covered in vines, making it the largest wine making region in the world. The vineyards are planted in desert conditions and are protected from rain by the Andes Mountains in the west and the Argentine Pampas in the east. The reason why this region gets high quality grapes is due to snow melt water from the mountains and its high altitude. The altitude is a defining feature of Mendoza wines because it helps decrease the overall temperature, it increases the range in temperature between the day and night, and increases sunlight intensity. Mendoza has 3 sub regions within it, Uco Valley, Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo.

San Juan Province : San Juan accounts for 15% of Argentina’s production making it Argentina’s second most important wine area. The entire area is made up of 3 transverse valleys that range from 650-1400 metres. It is a 2 hour drive north of Mendoza making the weather conditions hotter and more arid than Mendoza. This area is the best region in Argentina for Shiraz and is pinning its future on this varietal with majority of its finest grapes coming from the Pedernal Valley. Other grape varieties that do well here are Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Among white varieties, Viognier has found its perfect home. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc are produced at a commercial level but with careful practices in the vineyard and winery.

Salta Province : Salta is close to the borders of Bolivia and is the northern most wine region in Argentina. The Calchaquires Valley in the Cafayate Region lies 1750 to 3111 metres above sea level, making it the world’s highest vineyard area. This gives it extreme climate which helps produce wine of great purity and concentration and are hence the most terrior driven wines in the world. The dominant grape variety is Torrontes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Tannat are the dominant red varieties planted in Cafayate.

Catamarca Province : Catamarca is three times the size of Belgium with a tiny population making it one of the most remote wine regions in the world. Most of the wineries are at a 2000 metre altitude and an estimate of 2600 hectares under vine. Due to the arid nature of the region, majority of the production is pest-free and organic. Torrontes is being planted with Malbec, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda, the dominant black grape variety here.

Rio Negro Province : Rio Negro has a hundred year history and is home to some very old vines. It is known for its European grape names like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Merlot. Rio Negro has been making some very sophisticated Semillon and Chardonnay. It is situated at around 200-250 metres above sea level and gets its cooling weather due to the latitude. Low rain fall and a wide range in temperature during the day and night provide a clean and sanitary condition for high quality viticulture. The wines from here are high in acidity and are concentrated. They normally demand a high price in the market.

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