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Argentina wines and viticulture

Argentina wines and viticulture

Introduction

Argentina’s long-standing tradition of producing high quality wine has been unknown to many for a long time. Up until a decade ago most of these wines were destined almost exclusively for domestic consumption.

Diversity, originality of grape stock character and optimum agro-ecological conditions are some of the features that make Argentina one of the most attractive locations in the world to produce top quality wines. One of the most important strengths of this distinctly continental viticulture is the harmonious combination of three fundamental pillars: climate, soil and grape stock. A wide range of grape varieties planted on more than 210,000 hectares of vineyards have adapted and reached their full expression, thus offering the market memorable examples of the classical varieties.

Along with them, a range of other grape stock varieties are being rediscovered and improved. Others, now in experimental process, are promising “pearls” for  the coming years.

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Ruca Malen Winery


These new generations of Argentines, educated in a culture where wine is appreciated, have injected a high level of enthusiasm into the business. This, together with the interest that our wines generate abroad, has been reflected in the arrival of numerous internationally renowned experts and investors, which allows us to envisage a strong potential for development.

The reasons underlying this “explosion” are clear: the richness of the lands stretching from North to South along the Andenian region, the

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altitude and climatic amplitude of this “paradise” for the production of great wines, the local know-how, the new technologies applied to production. The primary reason is the Argentines’ interest in their wines, regarded by many as part of the country’s identity, just as Argentina’s well-known beef.

 

Argentina has a winegrowing area of over 210,000 hectares distributed in 25,180 vineyards. Grapes are grown in 13 of the 24 provinces of the country; however, only in 7 of them is viticulture economically meaningful: Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza, Neuquén and Río Negro.

About 188,000 hectares (94% of the area with grapes)  are dedicated to winemaking and grape juice concentrate. The rest are varieties

either used as table grapes (4.5%) or for making raisins (1.8%). Reverse seasonal trading favors exports to countries in the European Community.

Argentina is a producer of high-quality wines that participate in all international forums that rules wine production.

This Web site will give you access to different and valuable information about the wines our country is proud of. These are the same wines that Argentina has begun to share with consumers from around the world; consumers who are interested in new origins, but are definitely oriented towards top-quality products.

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Salentein Winery

 

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