Travel Tales of Argentina
Argentina. A unique habitat for the creation of great wines…Located in the Southern Cone of the American Continent, with a population of 38 million inhabitants and a territory that is four times larger than France, Argentina is one of the world’s ecological reserves. High mountains and plains, lush vegetation and extreme deserts, forests and steppes, glaciers and water falls: Argentina has it all.
The vast winemaking region is a strip of land located to the West of the country, at the foot of the Andes range, that stretches from latitude 22° South to latitude 42° South. The cultivated area covers more than 228,575 hectares.
In this context Argentina has developed a unique winemaking industry. The altitude, the wide range of temperatures, the local know-how, the new technologies and a deeply-rooted popular wine culture lend our wines unique identity and quality.
ALTITUDE: UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER
Altitude, as it generates microclimates and varied terroirs, is a factor that distinguishes Argentina from the rest of the world and translates into outstanding expression and diversity in our wines.
The fruit in our wines is unique. As our ‘high valleys’ are far from the oceans, Argentina is one of the few continental winemaking areas in the world.
TERROIR EXTENSION AND DIVERSITY
Argentina grows quality vineyards in large areas. In its large territory different terroirs develop as a result of the combination of diverse altitudes and latitudes, of the variability in soils and precipitation, and of the presence of the Andes Range.
LOW FERTILITY OF THE SOILS
The low organic matter content of the soils near the Andes Range leads to restricted vine growth and to the natural development of premium grapes with genuinely distinctive flavors.
Good climatic conditions allow growers to maintain vineyards almost naturally with almost no fitosanitary treatment. Due to the dryness of the climate, it is extremely easy to produce organic wines.
PURITY OF THE WATER
Few winemaking industries in the world can enjoy the exceptional water quality found in our mountain valleys, where there is no contaminating activity that could detract from the quality of this vital resource.
A LONG-STANDING VINEGROWING AND WINEMAKING TRADITION
Argentina has a rich wine culture that has its roots in the traditions of the European immigrants that settled the country. The combination of our Spanish, Italian, French and native heritage has nurtured several generations of exceptionally intelligent, sensitive, and creative vinegrowers and winemakers.
MALBEC, OUR ICONIC VARIETY
Though originally from Southwest France, this red variety is better suited to Argentine soil than to any other. In Argentina Malbec found ideal environmental conditions for its development and gives origin to exceptional wines. Indeed, Argentina is internationally acclaimed as the producer of the most sophisticated Malbecs, particularly those from Mendoza, which are considered to be the best in the world.
TORRONTES, AN ORIGINAL NATIVE VARIETY
Argentina is the only country in the world that produces Torrontes. It owes its prestige to the outstanding quality of the vineyards in the Cafayate Valley, in the province of Salta. Due to its special microclimate, that region has achieved outstanding vineyard development and produces fruity, tasty wines that linger in the mouth and in your memory.
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