Argentina’s Major Wine Regions
Aside from the Mendoza wine area, two of the other most popularly known wine regions are in Salta and in the Rio Negro region. Residing in two very different locations, Salta occupies the northern region of Argentina and Rio Negro is distinctly south, bordering Patagonia. The two regions experience very different weather and as a result produce very different wines.
Most of Salta’s wineries are located in the city of Cafayate. Located 110 miles outside of Salta, the wineries in Cafayate enjoy sunshine nearly year round and a climate that is conducive for the production of high quality Cabernets and the growth of Torrontes, famous in this region. Salta enjoys an average temperature in the high 60s and with little rain the grapes have just enough water to develop their distinct power and unique taste without growing too large. Location and environmental factors contribute to a variety of high quality taste, evident in Salta’s wines.
Rio Negro and Patagonia
The Rio Negro region is technically considered Patagonia although it resides in its most northern region. As a part of the Great Valley Corridor, Rio Negro is rumored as one of Argentina’s most up and coming wine producing areas with key exports in wine and also apples. The cooler temperatures of Patagonia give way to cool-climate varieties like the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Sparkling wines as well as Champagnes are a successful byproduct of this unique area and the desert soil, accompanied with sunny days are key elements to the enhanced flavors found in the regions wine. Fine wine along with the romanticism of Patagonia’s beauty are making Rio Negro an upcoming combination that will be hard to beat.