Río Negro:the Southernmost vine-growing area
The most outstanding representative of Patagonia is located in the province of Río Negro. The High Valley of Río Negro is a 75 mile-long, 5 mile-wide river oasis standing in the vast, arid, wild Patagonian plateau.
Two other oases have developed along the river’s course towards the Atlantic: the Middle and the Lower Valleys. Although traditional winegrowing is developed in both, only the wines of the High Valley have become well-known and earned well-deserved prestige both in Argentina and abroad.
Standing at an altitude of 1,200 feet, the High Valley of Río Negro has a markedly dry, continental climate, with an annual rainfall of less than 7.5 inches and very low relative humidity. Winters are cold and summers warm and dry, with abundant sunshine and great thermal amplitude. Winds blowing constantly from the southern Andes increase air dryness and allow for outstanding sanity in the vineyard.
The uniqueness of the landscape confers Patagonian wines a well-defined personality. All of them stand out for the perfect balance of alcohol and acidity resulting from the slow ripening of the fruit. The whites from this region are particularly interesting, especially those obtained from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, with very personal mineral aromas that are hard to find in other regions. Among the reds clearly stand out Merlot, Pinot Noir and Malbec varietals, with good color intensity and noteworthy typicity.