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San Juan

With 50,000 hectares of vineyards to Mendoza the second largest winegrowing region Argentina, which contributes a quarter of the production. The vineyards are located mainly on the banks of the Rio San Juan around the provincial capital of the same name. The river also provides much of the water for the unavoidable, artificial irrigation, The climate is hotter than in Mendoza, with daily temperatures of over 40 ° C and only 150 mm of rainfall annually. Opposite Mendoza are the vineyards with an average of 650 meters above sea level also significantly lower. The best areas are in the higher valleys of the rivers Tulum, Ullun and Zonda. Above all, the native varieties Cereza. Criolla Grande. Pedro Giménez and Torrontés Sanjuanino, as Muscat d'Alexandrie grown. Most of them are base wines for spirits, blended wines, sweet fortified liqueur wines, wormwood and RTK (Concentrated grape must) produced. Increasingly, the international grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Merlot and Syrah with a strong trend towards quality wines. Well-known producers are Bodegas y Viñedos Santiago Graffigna and Peñaflor,

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