Mendoza wine region

Mendoza
The largest, most famous and most productive winemaking region in Argentina, Mendoza is also one of the driest places in the world.  The Andes soar into the skyline and catch any rainfall headed Mendoza’s way.
 
Mendoza is so dry that its vineyards must be irrigated using meltwater from the mountains.  Lots of sunshine and almost no rain make ripening healthy grapes easy, and control over irrigation allows producers to make lots of dilute wine or small amounts of concentrated wine, as they desire.  There has been a massive shift towards the latter since the ’90s.
 
Mendoza is a huge area with a number of sub-regions, the most notable being Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and, perhaps the most exciting, the relative newcomer Valle de Uco.  A number of well-resourced wineries have invested in this high-altitude sub-region where nights are cool and the wines’ acidity is consequently high.
 
Malbec is the undisputed champion variety to grow in Mendoza, and so successful has it been here that Argentina is now considered to be the grape’s true home, despite its origins in Bordeaux.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah and Tempranillo are other important red grapes.  Whites are less-planted, at least outside of the Valle de Uco, with Chardonnay and Torrontés being the main varieties.
 

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