Winters are intense and summers are cool during the night, producing an excellent balance of sugar, acidity and a lot of aromas. Award-winning Malbecs are a great attraction for consumers, but Cabernet and Chardonnay have also adapted well. Patagonia Pinot has recently made headlines with the cooler, southern climate really suiting production of the grape.
Look for varieties which excel in cooler climates to find the best of the region.
Merlot stands out with its aromatic intensity. Pinot Noir is used for most of the sparkling wines, due to it delivering outstanding elegance in Patagonia. Malbec is without question the most cultivated variety, but whites are making their mark.
Sauvignon Blanc produces a superior quality wine grape which is harvested at full maturity, while Chardonnay delivers a fruity aroma with a good body.
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Without doubt the most important province in Argentinian wine production, accounting for around 75 percent of the total vineyards in Argentina. The highest peaks of the Andes are found in Mendoza, with Aconcagua sitting at around 6960 MASL. The presence of the Andes, which acts as a barrier to the humid winds of the Pacific, help shape the climate, generating ideal conditions for the cultivation of vines.