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Argentina is famous for its production of tantalising wines and if you are partial to a glass of wine, it is certainly the destination to visit. As the world's fifth largest wine producer by volume, over the last 10 years, Argentina has become a serious contender in the international wine market. The Argentine wine industry is now reaping the benefits of its heritage; its old vines, its unique geographical conditions and with new technology and a mix of modern and traditional methods.
If you have an interest in wine, Latin Routes can recommend destinations, wine lodges, and even the best varieties of wine to try during your trip. We can even tailor a private or group wine tour for you if you want this to be your focus.
The most important wine regions of Argentina are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta, Catamarca, Río Negro and more recently Southern Buenos Aires are also wine producing regions. Here is a brief summary of what these areas offer;
Mendoza is the most well known of the Wine regions in Argentina, accounting for almost two thirds of Argentina's wine production. Situated at the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, and towered over by Mount Aconcagua, vineyards sprawl across the region.
The main areas to visit are the wineries and vineyards in Maipu and Lujan where you can choose to stay in a charming wine lodge, or do a day's wine tasting tour. Malbec is the region's most important planting followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay.
Mendoza is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina with the vast majority of large wineries located in the provincial capital of Mendoza so Latin Routes does not recommend a visit to Argentina without sampling some of the finest wines in this area! Have a look at the Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, which is a popular place to enjoy in this area.
Located in the West of Argentina, San Juan province is the second province in volume of wine production at the national level and in South America after Mendoza, and it produces some outstanding varietal wines.
San Juan has more than 46,000 hectares of vineyards that are located from 600 metres above sea level in the Tulum Valley to approximately 1,400 metres above sea level at Pedernal Valley. If you fancy the idea of an understated wine lodge or you have been to Mendoza, visit San Juan.
Located at the bottom of the Velasco Mountains, the region of la Rioja encompasses all types of terrain from rivers to valleys to beautiful mountain ranges. The Famatina Valley has become the most famous wine region of the province and there are a few wine lodges and vineyards to visit here.
The climate is dry and hot, relatively windy, and soils are alluvial. The height is definitely considerable, from 800 to 1,400 metres above sea level. Torrontes is the most cultivated wine variety, although Malbec, Syrah, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon are developing well too. The wines of Rioja are alive with the flavours of the territory. The vineyards and wine cellars are open for tourists and present the essence of all the local varietals.
This wine region is located around Salta in the North West of Argentina. The vine growing area begins at 1,500 meters above sea level and extends beyond 2,000 metres. The Calatasta and Aconquija mountains ranges are the natural boundaries of these valleys which makes it a popular place to visit for its pituresque views and stunning scenery.
The annual average temperature is 18 ºC. Fine sandy, thick and thin soils with good drainage prevail throughout the area. The main wine areas are Cafayate, Santa María and Colomé and the area covers approximately 4,120 hectares of vineyards. The main variety produced in this area is Torrontés, the typical white argentine variety.
Catamarca valleys are located at the base of Ambato Hill and next to the Del Valle river a[pproximately 1600 metres above sea level. The valley offers a relaxing atmosphere, with mild temperatures and surrounding mountains which makes it ideal for wine production.
The most favoured areas of the province are Tinogasta, Santa María and Fiambalá, where soils are sandy and stony, perfect for fine wine growing. The wines of the region reflect the presence of land and climate. The most predominant grape varieties, spread around 2,300 hectares of vineyards for you to visit, are Torrontés, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now that you know a little more about where to visit when planning a wine holiday in Argentina, why not get in touch with one of our Tailormade Travel Specialists to create your perfect holiday?
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