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San Juan

With 50,000 hectares of vineyards after Mendoza the second largest wine-growing region Argentina which contributes a quarter of production. Most of the vineyards are located on the banks of the Rio San Juan around the provincial capital of the same name. The river also provides a large part of the water for the artificial, indispensable here irrigation, The climate is hotter than in Mendoza, there are daytime temperatures of over 40 ° C and only 150 millimeters of precipitation annually. Compared to Mendoza, the vineyards are also significantly lower at an average of 650 meters above sea level. The best areas are in the higher valleys of the Tulum, Ullun and Zonda rivers. Above all, the native varieties Cereza. Criolla Grande. Pedro Giménez and Torrontés Sanjuanino, such as Muscat d'Alexandrie grown. Most of it base wines for brandy, blended wines, sweet fortified liquors, wormwood and RTK (Grape must concentrate). The international grape varieties are increasing 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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