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Wine Country: Argentina

Make no mistake; Argentina has one of the best climates for viticulture in the world

Argentina’s great grape-growing climate and cultivation techniques make the country one of the top wine producers in the world.

Argentina has a relatively short history in winemaking in comparison to other countries, but the country knows a thing or two about growing grapes. At the end of 19th century, the construction of the railway and the settlement of Europeans helped expand the wine industry in Argentina. 
During this great expansion, there were teachings of the Champenoise method; this subtle and impeccable wine has been a strong characteristic of Argentinean sparkling wine.

Climate and Soil

Mendoza Region
The climate for the region of Mendoza is sunny and dry with relatively hot summers and cold winters. Undoubtedly, the soil is extremely dry with an annual rainfall between 150 to 350-mm.

San Juan
This region has a climate close to what it would feel like in a desert. Heavy rainfall takes place in summers. San Juan’s soil is red clay and rich soil due to hot winds.

La Rioja
This region receives about 200-mm of rain annually leaving the soil extremely dry. The winters are short and hot.

Salta’s summers average between 23 and 40°C. The winters are cold with temperatures reaching below freezing.

The land of Catamara has an average altitude of 1500 metres. The temperature between day and night has a wide summer temperature variation. This region also has alluvial soil.

This region has forests to the west and has mountainous fertile valleys. Neuquen has cold and continental climate.

Rio Negro
The region’s main source of water is through the Rio Negro River. There is over 2000-mm of precipitation annually. The summers are hot but the cold winters bring snow.

04 Val De Flores Mendoza (Val de Flores) [$68.45 CAD]
Gran Lurton Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 [$20.95 CAD]
Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada Malbec 2006 [$14.95 CAD]
Cheval Des Andes 2002 [$116.05]