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:
Neuquén - Argentina
Telephone: 0299 490-4139/ 4242/ 4241
Inside the winery, light cuts through the colors of the round stained-glass windows that represent the different stages of winemaking and reproduce the scenery: grape clusters, casks, bottles, the compass rose and the sun shining on the red cliffs. The winery is in Añelo, on Route 7, in the middle of a wineyard field in the Province of Neuquén. Añelo means “the site of the dead man” in the Mapuche tongue, because it was on that ground where, on July 17, 1879, the soldiers led by a sargeant Avila killed Baigorrita, the last Ranquel Indian chief. Nestled in lands of endless horizons and clear skies that give away days full of sunshine and fresh nights covered with stars, it presents optimum characteristics for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Merlot grapes. The barrels to keep the wine were acquired in Italy at Della Toffola and the casks were imported from France and acquired at Séguin Moreau and François Frères. The winery design highlights its industrial aspect. From the laboratory, core of the industry, it is possible to supervise how the vineyard works, the grinding activities, and the fermentation and bottling stages. All these performances have given origin to wines with body, intense colors and complex aromas.
Río Negro - Argentina
Ruta Provincial 7 - Km 12 - Valle Azul
Cell Phone: 15-4530412
The Noemía winery project is the result of the discovery of an ancient vineyard, planted with Malbec grapes in the 1930s, in a remote nook of the Río Negro Valley. The arid weather of the area, the great amplitude between day and night temperatures, the well-defined seasons and the area free of any disease did the rest. Countess Noemí Marine Cinzano, famous producer of Italian wines and Danish winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers, were partners in this project. They perceived the fitness of the place and the perfect micro-climate of the valley for the production of high-quality wines. The vineyard occupies only 1.5 hectares, has been planted with Malbec pre-philloxera vines from the Massale selection and it is irrigated only 5 times a year. After ripening, grapes are collected at dawn, by hand, and then transported directly to the winery. All the production of Noemía de la Patagonia wines is purely handmade, without the intervention of any machine whatsoever. The endless commitment between winemakers, the effort and desire to make old style wines and the reliability of its owners in this delicate undertaking give origin to a rich, complex, concentrated, exuberant, delicate, elegant but, above all, genuine Malbec. All the production is exported directly to England.
Río Negro - Argentina
Chacra 186 - J.J. Gómez
Telephone: 02941 443-0415/0882 Fax: 49-9024
The Bodega Humberto Canale, founded in 1909 by the engineer after whose name the company was baptized, had a fundamental role in the development of viticulture in this region. In this way, the high valley of Río Negro acquired the category of specific terroir , and the grapes grown there were recognized as having the single qualities granted by the geographic location of such region. Four generations later, the winery combines the founder's craft wisdom with the most modern techniques. The whole infrastructure is addressed to the constant enlargement of its operation capacity in order to assist the increasing export demand especially from Northern Europe and the United States . Nowadays, the winery is managed by engineer Guillermo Barzi Canale, who together with a highly qualified team, the support of assistants of international prestige and under the protection of the great master Raúl de la Mota, form a group that harmonizes efforts in order to obtain the best viticulture of the cold areas.
Neuquén - Argentina
San P. del Chañar - Calle 7 Norte
Telephone: 0299 +54 9 299 508 6767 / +54 9 299 588 0359 Cell Phone: 15-5086767 / 15-5880359
The vineyards of this family undertaking are located 39º South latitude, in the Valley of San Patricio del Chañar, 53 km towards the Northwest of the Province of Neuquén. Neatly distributed on soils with a sandy and rocky texture, they are irrigated with spring creek waters by means of a drip irrigation system. These factors, added to the remarkable amplitude between day and night temperatures, give as a result grapes with excellent levels of color, acidity, aroma and high enological quality, ideal to produce wines with deep quality and innovation, with intense colors, complex aromas, which remind of fruit and spices. At the Schroeder Family winery, the wines based on five varieties of grapes grown in Patagonian lands are gaining international renown: Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. The facilities were specially designed and adapted to the profile of the surrounding cliffs, with five levels that allow a natural movement of the grapes and the use of gravity for the delicate process of wine making. In addition to this, the automatic temperature control and the underground conditioned cellars meet the latest technical demands. This Argentinian family with European ancestors and deep Patagonian roots make wines capable of transmitting the remote spirit of the Southern area of the country and its mysterious charm. If you pass by the Province of Neuquén, do visit these facilities.
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!