Winegrowing region in Argentina
with about 7,000 hectares of vineyards; west of it lies the region Catamarca
, Although it is the historically oldest region, but it has a rather minor importance for viticulture. This focuses on the small irrigated mountain valleys in the west between the "Sierras de Velasco" in the east and the classified as DO "Sierra de Famatina" in the west. The largest part of the vineyards with about 70% lies around the small town of Chilecito. The white grape varieties prevail TorrontÃ © Riojano
(around 50% of the area), Torrontés Sanjuanino and Muscat d'Alexandrie, which are often lovingly or sweetly grown. Furthermore, the native bright red varieties Cereza
. Criolla Chica
and Criolla Grande
from which white or light red wines are pressed for everyday consumption. Red wines play a minor role and are mainly produced from the Italian varieties Barbera and Bonarda. The most important producer is the cooperative Cooperativa La Riojana.