Patagonia: The southernmost region in Argentina
- Tuesday 7 January 2014
Río Negro, Neuquén and La Pampa together, have more than 4,550 ha of cultivated vineyards. One of the characteristics of this region is that winters are intense and summers are cool during the night, producing a combination of sugar, acidity and a lot of aromas.
Another special feature of the region is the slow and lengthy ripening of grapes. The altitude of its vineyards range from 300 to 500 meters above sea level. These characteristics grant Patagonian wines an elegant flavour and matchless aromatic intensity which show that Patagonia is the southernmost region under the sun for the development of the wine industry.
Patagonia has managed to position itself as one of the country’s regions where the quality of its wines is the major attribute. Its climatic conditions guarantee the health of the vineyards and an excellent quality of grapes, leading to intense wines, in terms of both color and aromas. All these features enable the region to achieve a great recognition nationally and worldwide.
Patagonia’s wines boast great personality, exhibiting a very striking color. They are expressive, fruity, and intense, with great acidity. These characteristics grant them longevity, reaching a ripening and aging with perfect timing.
There is a wide temperature range during the months of grape ripening, bestowing special features on wines, especially in the development of aromas, acidity, and colour (in red wines).
From the point of view of wine growing and making, the short and mid-cycle varieties are better adapted to Patagonia’s conditions than long-cycle ones. The main varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillón, Viognier among the white grapes, and Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon among reds.
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