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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
Estepa

Ruta 22 Km. 1208
Telephone: 02941 +54 (011) 4639-9504 / +54 (0299) 477-1758  
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It belongs to new winemakers that work with the same passion and tradition as the first immigrants who dared to cultivate these lands to plant the vines. The Bodega Estepa vines are located in two Patagonian environments with antagonic features:
* the Alto Valle area, on the northern bank of the Negro River, where the weather is more humid and less hostile, with vineyards over 45 years old, characterized for being protected from the wind and for responding to traditional ridge type plantation systems. This area includes 50 hectares of vines, with Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon and Torrontés vineyards.
* and the steppe area, on the southern bank of the Negro River, where the weather is very dry and the soil very wild, in a picturesque site of 100 hectares with non-traditional vineyards. There, grapes co-exist with the local flora made up by jarillas, chañares, cactus varieties and wild fruit, sharing the same weather inclemencies with them. In these vineyards, growers aim at capturing the spirit of the Patagonian nature, the wilderness, the extreme. The merge of these two vines, in addition to the technological advances implemented in the winemaking area, give way to limited productions of exclusive excellent wines that carry the history of each of the vintages, thus obtaining a moderate but strong wine, slightly sweet in the palate but with a remarkable influence of tannins, purely and entirely Patagonian.

 

Neuquén - Argentina
Bodega NQN

Ruta Provincial 7 - Calle 15 - San Patricio del Chañar
Telephone: 0299 489-7500  
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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.

 

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  
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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
Bodega del Fin del Mundo

Ruta Provincial 8 - Km 9 - San Patricio del Chañar
Telephone: 0299 485-5004  
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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.

 
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Good wine takes time.

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From good wine, good vinegar.

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This is one of the disadvantages of wine; it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

Beer is made by men, wine by God!

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