Argentina | Patagonia
The Patagonia wine region of Argentina is South America's southernmost wine-producing region. Its name triggers images of vast and desolate expanses of land, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean - endless beaches, exotic animals - and by mountains and idyllic lakes. Despite being one of the world's least-obvious places for viticulture, this dessert region - with its cool, dry climate - has proven itself well suited to the production of high-quality wine production, particularly grape varieties including: Sémillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec and Torrontés Riojano.
Nestled in an oasis of Patagonia’s most northern area and benefiting from outstanding climatic conditions, the Rio Negro Valley is the most significant region of wine production. The whites from this region are of particular note, especially the Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc examples. Amongst the red wines the standout performers are Merlot, Pinot Noir and Malbec varietals, that all display great intensity of flavour and unique freshness that Patagonia has to offer.
Other notable wine areas in Patagonia are to be found in the upper Neuquén Valley, especially around the town of San Patricio del Chañar in addition to promising vineyards located in the La Pampa Province near the Colorado river and city of 25 de Mayo.