Flashcards in Argentina Deck (21):
Argentina's most famous wines are:
World's 5th largest producer (Mendoza alone has more vine acreage than NZ/Australia combined)
Similar to Chile
Argentina primary white grape varieties:
Muscat of Alexandria
Argentina primary red grape varieties:
Mostly continental semi-desert.
Dramatic diurnal shift due to proximity to Andes Mountains down drafts/vineyard altitude.
Hail an issue
Irrigation from Andes common
Mostly alluvial sand over clay (some chalk/limestone)
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.
Largest viticultural region.
Over 65% of the country's total production.
Malbec most important varietal.
What is the most important varietal in Mendoza?
Mendoza's important sub districts:
Lujan de Cujo
Other Argentina regions:
Argentina's most northerly wine region.
High altitude vineyards: 5,500-7,800 ft.
Torrontes most important white grape.
Reds: Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah
What is Cafayate?
Important Salta's sub region, best for Torrontes
What is the most important white grape of salta?
The most northerly wine region of Argentina is...
Salta's red grape varieties:
What is the most southerly wine region in Argentina?
Most southerly wine region.
Rio Negro most important sub-region.
Cool climate and excellent potential for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, Malbec and others
What is the most important sub-region in Patagonia?