12 Facts About Argentina wine


Until the early 1990s, Argentina produced more wine than any other country outside Europe, though the majority of it was considered unexportable.

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Don Tiburcio Benegas, governor of the province of Mendoza and owner of El Trapiche Argentina wine estate, was instrumental in financing and pushing through the construction, convinced that in order for the Argentine Argentina wine industry to survive it needed a market.

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Wine experts such as Karen MacNeil noted that up to this point the Argentine Argentina wine industry was considered a "sleeping giant" which by the end of the 20th century was waking up.

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Major wine regions of Argentina are located in the western part of the country among the foothills of the Andes Mountains between the Tropic of Capricorn to the north and the 40th parallel south.

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Northwestern Argentina wine regions are particularly prone to the effects of the hurricane force winds known as the Zonda which blows from the Andes during the flowering period of early summer.

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The phylloxera louse is present in Argentina wine but is a particular weak biotype that does not survive long in the soil.

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The relative isolation of Argentina is cited as a potential benefit against phylloxera with the country's wine regions being bordered by mountains, deserts and oceans that create natural barriers against the spread of the louse.

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Premium Argentina wine production is centered on the Calingasta, Ullum and Zonda departments as well as the Tulum Valley.

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Weather records suggest that the coast should be adequate for Argentina wine making much further south: into Viedma, San Antonio Oeste, Puerto Madryn, Trelew and even Comodoro Rivadavia where cool, windy desert climates are greatly moderated by the Atlantic.

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The influence of Italian immigrants has brought a variety of Italian varietals with sizable plantings throughout Argentina wine-including Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, Lambrusco, Nebbiolo, Raboso and Sangiovese.

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Malbec Argentina wine is characterized by deep color and intense fruity flavors with a velvety texture.

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The Argentine Argentina wine industry is fifth worldwide in production and eighth in Argentina wine consumption.

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