Located between 34° 5’ and 35° south latitude, the area covers San Rafael and General Alvear Districts, at the foothills of the Andes main range. This oasis is irrigated by Atuel and Diamante Rivers. It is home to almost 22,000 cultivated hectares, (which represent 15% of the total viticulture area of Mendoza). The annual average temperature is 15° C.
San Rafael is one of the most important departments in the viticulture industry. It has become very important due to its natural beauty and growing tourism. The vineyards in this zone are dispersed and have a high percentage of anti-hail net due to the stormy weather in this zone. Being the most southern territory in the province, it is one of the lowest since the lands are between 800 and 400 meters above sea level. The best varieties here are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Bonarda.
The Controlled Domination of Origin, D O C, has been born here where excellent still and sparkling wines are produced.
There are some 200 wineries, many of which are century old establishments founded by European immigrants.
San Rafael is the main zone in Chenin Blanc production, which tell us about the freshness and personality which are considered particular to white wines.
Bianchi Winery. San Rafael.