About the Region

map1Argentina is one of the world’s largest wine-producing countries. 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. 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, Torrontés 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…

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