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Argentina Climate Moderation Overview

-Andes form a rain shadow offering protection from westerly winds and storms creating a dry arid climate
-Zonda wind [a fierce, dusty, hot afternoon wind that blows down from the mountains]

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Argentina Red Grapes

-Malbec
-Bonarda [a.k.a Charbono in USA]
-Cabernet Sauvignon,
-Syrah,
-Merlot,
-Tempranillo
-Pinot Noir

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Argentina White Grapes

-Pedro Giménez (most planted but mainly for blending)
-Torrontes
-Chardonnay
-Chenin Blanc
-Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier ]

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Salta province IG regions

Cafayate

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Salta Climate/Grapes

-Generally warm, however vineyards at high elevation where cooler
-Torrontes dominates (especially in Cafayate department)
-Malbec, Cab Sav dominant reds

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Argentina Provinces N to S

Salta
Tucuman
Catamarca
La Rioja
San Juan
Mendoza
La Pampa
Rio Negro
Neuquen

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Salta Producers

Susana Balba Crios
Donald Hess Colomé

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Catamarca Grapes

-Torrontes dominates
-Syrah, Malbec, Cab Sav dominant reds

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La Rioja province Grapes / Sub-Rrgions

-Torrontes is specialty
-Malbec
-Famatina Sub Region [labelled for exports]

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San Juan province grapes

-Syrahs. Malbec, Cab Sav, Bonarda and pink skinned grapes
-Chardonnay/Viognier most planted whites

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San Juan Province production info

-2nd most volume after Mendoza
-hot summer climate ideal for grapes for Brandy/Vermouth

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Mendoza province subregions

North
South
East
Central
Uco Valley

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Mendoza Grapes

-Malbec
-Cab Sav
-Criolla Grande/Cereza [for bulk wines]

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Mendoza Central Region Departments

Lujan de Cuya dept
Maipu dept

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Uco Valley Region Departments

-Tupungato dept in west = high quality

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Uco Valley Climate/Grapes

-900-1500 meters [highest in Mendoza]
-Chardonnay, Semillon,
-Malbec, Cab sav, Merlot, Tempranillo
-some sites cool enough for Pinot Noir

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Maipu Dept Grapes/Climate

-lower altitudes than Lujan de Cuya
-Syrah/Cab Sav do well
-old vine Bonarda and Tempranillo do well here

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Lujan de Cuya dept grapes/climate

-900-1100 meters altitude (foothills of Andes)
-fine Malbec, old vines
-soft round sweet spice in malbec blends

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North and Eastern Mendoza Viticulture

-high volume, inexpensive.
-mendoza river = irrigation = suitable for mass production

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Southern Mendoza Grapes/Info

-low altitudes but southern location makes it coolest in region
-has Argentina’s most significant plantings of Chenin Blanc
-San Rafael dept = lowest altitudes/coolest in province. Chenin Blanc

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Patagonia Region IG Provinces

La Pampa
Rio Negro
Neuquen

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Patagonia Climate

-notably cool area with some of Argentina’s most southernly sites

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Patagonia Grapes

White
-Torrontes
-Semillon

Reds
-Malbec
-Cabernet Sauvignon
-Pinot Noir

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Argentina Producers

Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza
Susana Balbo’s Malbec Mendoza
Catena Malbec Mendoza [Nicholas = + Cab]
Terrazas (Salta Torrontes & Mendoza Malbec)
Colomé estate Torrones [Donald Hess’] Salta
Crios Torrontes [made by Susana Balbo] Salta
Bodegas Chacra [Patagonia Pinot Noir from Sassicia family]
Cheval Los Andes (Terrazas x Cheval Blanc)

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DOCs

Lujan de cuya
San Rafael