With more than 70,000 hectares of vineyards, this is the most extensive zone in the province as far as vineyards are concerned. Made up of the departments of La Paz, Santa Rosa, Junín, Rivadavia and San Martín, its lands are irrigated by lower Tunuyán River that accumulates water during the summer in El Carrizal Dam, main tourism attraction of the zone. Its altitude is between 650 and 750 meters above sea level.
Different from other viticulture oases, in the East zone there is not a wide temperature range between day and night, in summer thus, the temperature rarely descends lower than 150 C. The main varieties are: Merlot, Sangiovese, Bonarda, Ugni Blanc, Tempranillo and Pedro Jiménez among others.
This region is the largest wine producer in Mendoza Province. It accounts for 50% of the area devoted to grapes and is the most important viticulture oasis in South America. This vast area is located at 33° south latitude.
The improved vineyard management together with a significant modernization of winery technology have enabled the production of high quality, fruity, fully-bodied and structured wines with a delicate varietal expression.
These wines are typical of desert areas and display rich colors owing to the generous amounts of sunlight the grapes receive. Climate and soil combine for very good yields from the vineyards, while preventing the fruit/hectare equation from harming the wines typical distinctive features.
Vineyards of Lanzarini Winery. Rivadavia.