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Mendoza

The most important and with 144,000 hectares of vineyards by far the largest wine-growing region Argentina, The Argentine viticulture pioneer Don Tiburcio Benegas (1844-1910) was Governor of this province. Around 75% of Argentine wine is produced here. It is located in the far west of the country at the foot of the Andes and extends from Lavalle in the north for 300 kilometers to San Rafael in the south. It has a continental climate with clear seasons, mild and dry climate and medium humidity. The soils consist mainly of stony ground with a lime-rich upper layer of sand, clay or loam. This creates excellent conditions for quality viticulture. The vineyards are located at 500 to 1,200 meters above sea level. About half of the vineyard is native to the varieties Cereza. Criolla Grande and Criolla Chica planted.

Of these are the intended for mass consumption bright red or white table wines (Vino de Mesa), RTK and also table grapes produced. The other half are equal parts of red and white quality grape varieties (see table under Argentina). An Argentine peculiarity are the sometimes ancient vines. The Mendoza region is subdivided into five large areas, which are like oases near rivers, which provide half of the water needed for the essential artificial irrigation supply the vineyards. For four to five months a year there is no rain at all, but relatively often hail ). The other half will be pumped from a total of 17,000 wells from a depth of over 100 meters.

The Mendoza region is subdivided into five large areas, which are like oases near rivers, which provide half of the water needed for the essential artificial irrigation supply the vineyards. For four to five months a year there is no rain at all, but relatively often hail ). The other half will be pumped from a total of 17,000 wells from a depth of over 100 meters.

The areas with important sub-zones and locations are Norte Mendocino (Guaymallén, Las Heras, Lavelle, part of Maipú, San Martin), Río Mendoza or Alta del Río Mendoza (Agrelo, Anchoris, Barrancas, Carrizal, Carrodillas, Coquimbito, Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, Lunlunta, Maipú, Mayor Drummond, Perdriel, Ugarteche, Vistalba), Este Mendocino (Junin, Rivadavia, San Martin and Santa Rosa), Sur Mendocino (General Alvear, San Rafael) and Valle de Uco (San Carlos, Tunuyán, Tupungato).

Well-known producers are Achával Ferrer, Alta Vista, Altos Las Hormigas, Bianchi, Bodegas Caro. Bodegas Esmeralda, Bodegas López, Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier, Bodega Vistalba (Carlos Pulenta), Catena Zapata, Chandon (heard Moët et Chandon ) Cicchitti, Dominio del Plata, Fabre Montmayou, Finca La Anita, Finca Flichman, Hispano-Argentinas, Lagarde, La Rural, Lavaque, Lurton. Marqués de Griñón, Navarro Correas, Nieto and Senetiner, Norton, Orfila, Peñaflor, Pulenta Estate, Santa Ana, Trapiche, Weinert, Zuccardi.

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