Argentina is one of the world’s largest wine-producing countries. The climate of Argentina is similar to the Andes and it is this similarity that supports the Argentinean wine industry. Argentina is mainly an arid landscape that profits from irrigating waters off the mountains.

Argentina’s warmer inland region encourages vine growth down the entire length of the country. In the north, the vineyards lie at the same latitude as Morocco; and in the south, vineyards share latitude with New Zealand.
 

Argentina wines Mendoza

Argentina wines Mendoza

 

One of the vital aspects to growing quality wine grapes here is altitude, with vineyards planted at 2,000 and 3,000 feet to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Argentine wines are made from grapes such as traditional Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and also varieties like Tempranillo, Bonarda, Barbera, Torro

 

 ntés and Malbec.

 

Plentiful sunny days and warm climate favor a good maturity and concentration of aroma and color in the grapes. The soil types of the Argentine wine regions offer blends of light and sandy and heavier, clay-based alluvial soils. Argentine soils are deep, porous and lacking in organic matter. Vineyard locations vary in altitude, depending on their closeness to the Andes. Due to the modest rainfall of the region, irrigation is vital. Water from the Andean range thaw, travels down in the form of rivers to become ditches or channels.

The sizable spans of Argentina’s vineyards are located along the country’s western border. They extend for over 2,000 kilometres, from the Cafayate Valley, high up in Salta, in the north, through Mendoza, in the center, right down to the lower-level and down to the protected Rio Negro Valley, to the south east, in Patagonia. The most notable wine regions of Argentina are Mendoza, where nearly all the major wineries are concentrated. With its continental climate favoring grape growing, the Mendoza region is responsible for producing over 80% of total wine production in Argentina.

The Salta region, nestled in the very far north of the country is a region of high quality Cabernets Sauvignons and, Torrontés wines. The Rio Negro region lies at the southern end of wine production. It is known by many as an upcoming wine region, not only for cool-climate varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines, but also high quality sparkling wines. The San Juan and La Rioja regions are long-standing regions that continue to produce a wealth of wine created from simple grapes for local consumption.

 
 

 

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