The biggest region to produce wine in Argentina, approximately 80% in fact, Mendoza has over 146,000 hectares devoted to beautiful and flourishing vineyards.
If you are learning Spanish in South America and have a passion for wine, Argentina and the province and city of Mendoza should be your next travel destination.
True experts of wine in Argentina would divide Mendoza into 5 distinct wine regions, each producing different wines, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Cabernet, Malbec, Syrah, Chenin, Torrontés, Viognier, Bonarda, Pinot Noir, and more.
· Uco Valley
The Northern region ranges from about 600-700 meters above sea level and is used for producing white wine, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Blanc, and reds such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec.
The Eastern region ranges from 600-750 meters above sea level; from wet soils near the cities to dry soils in the desert terrain and a wide range of temperatures due to the desert, the wine produced here varies significantly, however, excludes many of the wines that are grown in the north.
The Central region signifies is the area around Mendoza city, one of the most fertile places to grow wine; located 650-1060 meters above sea level, the soil is a perfect composition to produce, as is the temperature.
The Southern region is a small wine producer, sitting at 450 – 800 meters above sea level and producing wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and the most popular Chenin.
The Uco Valley has the highest vineyards at 1700 meters above sea level, producing top quality red and wines in Argentina, perfect for a long ageing process, such as Semillon and Malbec.
Check out these great wines from the region of Mendoza:
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