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Argentina's most famous wines are:

Malbecs

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Argentina's background:

World's 5th largest producer (Mendoza alone has more vine acreage than NZ/Australia combined)
Similar to Chile

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Argentina primary white grape varieties:

Torrontes
Muscat of Alexandria
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay

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Argentina primary red grape varieties:

Malbec
Bonarda
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
Tempranillo
Syrah

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Argentina climate:

Mostly continental semi-desert.
Dramatic diurnal shift due to proximity to Andes Mountains down drafts/vineyard altitude.
Hail an issue
Irrigation from Andes common

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Argentina soils:

Mostly alluvial sand over clay (some chalk/limestone)

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Argentina wine laws:

Reserva and Gran Reserva terms may be used for white and red.
Indicates minimum aging requirements.
If varietally labeled, specific grape variety must be 80% minimum.

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Mendoza facts:

Largest viticultural region.
Over 65% of the country's total production.
Malbec most important varietal.

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What is the most important varietal in Mendoza?

Malbec

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Mendoza's important sub districts:

Lujan de Cujo
Uco Valley
Maipu
Tupungato
Santa Rosa
San Rafael

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Other Argentina regions:

Salta
Patagonia

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Salta facts:

Argentina's most northerly wine region.
High altitude vineyards: 5,500-7,800 ft.
Torrontes most important white grape.
Reds: Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah

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What is Cafayate?

Important Salta's sub region, best for Torrontes

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What is the most important white grape of salta?

Torrontes

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The most northerly wine region of Argentina is...

Salta

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Salta's red grape varieties:

Malbec
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Syrah

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What is the most southerly wine region in Argentina?

Patagonia

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Patagonia facts:

Most southerly wine region.
Rio Negro most important sub-region.
Cool climate and excellent potential for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, Malbec and others

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What is the most important sub-region in Patagonia?

Rio Negro

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Patagonia's climate:

Cool climate

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Patagonia grapes:

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Riesling
Muscat
Malbec