The facilities located in the southern region of Argentina are immersed in ideal weather conditions for the making of wines used as a base for sparkling wines, produced mainly from the Semillón vine. Likewise, varieties such as Pinot Noir and Merlot manage a balance between sugar and acidity, reminiscent of European wines. This area's best virtue is the strong wind, as it produces dryness in the atmosphere thus avoiding the outburst of diseases. This is translated into the possibility of making organic wines, without the need to add any agrochemical products. Here we present the most important wineries located in this enigmatic area of Argentina:
Río Negro - Argentina
Gobernador Castello 1800 - General Roca
Cell Phone: 15-4641269
The Agrestis S.A. vineyards and wineries are located 3 kilometers from the city of General Roca, in Alto Valle del Río Negro. This area of the country is characterized by dry continental weather, scarce rainfalls, good sunshine, and a great amplitude in temperatures during the grape ripening period. These features, along with the alluvial soils, allow the growing of fine vines that give origin to quite balanced wines. The Agrestis S.A. vines were imported from France in 1994 and planted in a 11-hectare surface. Among the varieties grown, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes -used to make base wines for champagne- and Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir -used to make varietal wines- stand out. A delicate storage and the most committed dedication from its makers have managed to produce around 30,000 bottles of NG Champagne per year, made with a Chardonnay - Pinot Noir blend, with the traditional champenoise bottle fermentation method, completely handcrafted. The most outstanding feature of this champagne is its intense yellow color, with greenish shades and a fine constant pearly texture. Its aroma reminds tasters of fruit such as bananas, it is balanced in the mouth, soft, with a fine dryness typical of champagne nature. Besides, Agrestis S.A produces some 10,000 delicious bottles of Agrestis Pinot Noir, a varietal 100% aged in French oak casks, bottled without being filtered. This wine has a red ruby color, and the aroma of berries such as cassis, raspberries, currants and a smoked aftertaste. If you choose this alternative, remember to serve it at 18ºC.
Neuquén - Argentina
Bodega del Fin del Mundo
Ruta Provincial 8 - Km 9 - San Patricio del Chañar
Telephone: 0299 485-5004
This is one of the newest establishments in the viticultural map, and is making the first step for the development of a new region. It is located in San Patricio del Chañar, 55km from Neuquén capital city. Settled on a desert area with large thermal amplitude, this company is proud to have been the first winery established in the Province of Neuquén which transcends the borders of Patagonia. In 1999, the first experimental vineyards were implanted to get to know the potential of the area. The results of this experience were satisfactory: they evidenced the aptitude of the weather, as well as of the soils for the production and making of fine quality wines. The first production was made with the 2002 vintage, in which Malbec had stunning results.
San Patricio del Chañar - Neuquén
Bodega Familia Grittini
San P. del Chañar - R. Prov. 7 - Picada 5 Chacra 10
Telephone: (0299)447-3014 / 448-1604
Familia Grittini Winery started at the famous and mystic Argentinian Patagonia. Featuring 54 hectares devoted to production, this exclusive winery is located in the Province of Neuquén, in the small District of San Patricio del Chañar. In this place, there is a micro climate with frequent and intense wind, scarce rainfall and humidity. All this is essential for the production of excellent wine. Its favorable natural conditions plus the extreme care and technological innovations permit the storage of 810,000 liters of wine of international quality. Familia Grittini Winery is a spirited human undertaking devoted to respect and love for their wines, and for those who make them, from this distant place in the world called Patagonia.
Neuquén - Argentina
Ruta Provincial 7 - Calle 15 - San Patricio del Chañar
Telephone: 0299 489-7500
This is one of the newest facilities in the area and it brings along the impulse typical of new projects. About the middle of 2001, the Viñedos de la Patagonia stockholders resolved to undertake wine related activities attracted by an important viticultural development at the San Patricio del Chañar colony, located on Provincial Route 7, 50 km from the capital of the Province of Neuquén. The most significant capital for this undertaking was the technical assistance provided by well-known national and international career professionals, who contributed with their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, it has implemented vines of the finest varietals, among which the Malbec, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot, the Pinot Noir, the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc are included. The NQN winery architecture is a synthesis of advanced winemaking technology in combination with the esthetics of the Patagonian scenery. The esthetic concept adopted has searched and managed a harmonical integration with the Patagonian environment without losing sight of the winery technical needs. They ran the risk and invested in cutting-edge irrigation and fertilization equipments, to provide these southern lands with the best conditions to guarantee successful wines. All these combinations have launched a product bearing an excellent proportion between quality and price with the trademark called MALMA –“pride” in the Mapuche tongue–, which has entered the regional Patagonian market, as well as the national and international fields, where it competes with well-known wine trademarks, and which has already obtained several international distinctions. Guided tours are organized on weekdays and the winery offers visitors excellent gastronomical proposals at MALBA RESTO BAR. Dishes prepared by Chef Matías Nuñez, Director of the Gatos Dumas School in Neuquén, are made with Patagonian ingredients. The winery also organizes special events in a unique atmosphere with a panoramic view of the vineyards. Come and visit the Route of Wine across Patagonia.
Sayings are statements containing irony and metaphors which have accompanied the culture of the peoples from the early days of history. Expressing popular wisdom, common sense, sometimes contradictions, other times cruel reality and some other times comfort, they are usually an amusing truth that contributes to the enrichment of everyday language, thus strengthening the identity of the people. Here we present some of the best-known sayings, the most subtle statements that have been expressed by many characters who seem to have known wine well:
Sweet is the wine but sour is the payment.
Don't put new wine into old bottles
Water for oxen, wine for kings.
As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy.
Every cask smells of the wine it contains.
Good wine takes time.
Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil.
Wine divulges truth.
From good wine, good vinegar.
A bottle of wine contains more philosophy that all the books in the world.
Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
Wine gives strength to weary men.
Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.
This is one of the disadvantages of wine; it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
Beer is made by men, wine by God!