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Patagonia

Patagonia

(Argentina)

All associate it with deserts and glaciers, dinosaurs and breathtaking views, but the Patagonia Argentina is also the region where the southernmost wine is produced in the world. Already after the end of the Inca empire there were the first exports of lives in Argentina, but it is at the end of the 19th century with the great European migration - above all Italian - that the first real wineries began to emerge.

In the country there are several wine regions and Patagonia is certainly the most interesting. The altitude around 400 meters, the rocky ground and the presence of the rivers Neuquén and Limay - born from the glaciers of the Andes - has favored the cultivation of many vineyards. From the slopes of the Andes also comes "La Zonda", the warm wind that ventilates and warms gently the crops of Patagonia. The south of Argentina is lashed by very strong winds, has a very marked thermal excursion, a draining soil and for these reasons the Patagonian vineyards produce small berries with a high concentration of sugars, acids and tannins. The dry heat of the day and the cold night guarantee a healthy harvest with a complex and refined flavor.

This whole chain of elements has allowed Patagonia to produce grapes from the very European mold - especially our mountain qualities - and being a very low population density region it is also one of those from the vineyards healthier. The best varieties that are offered are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir among the red wines and and among the white wines i Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and the Torrontés of Rio Negro.

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Region
Patagonia
Country
Argentina
Soil and climate
The climate is less rigid than was supposed by the first travelers. The eastern side is warmer than the western one, particularly in summer, while a cold sea current flows in front of the west coast. The average annual temperature is 11 ° C and the extreme values ​​are 25.5 ° C the maximum and -1.5 ° C the minimum, while in Bahía Blanca, near the Atlantic coast and just outside the northern borders of Patagonia, the temperature annual average is 15 ° C and the variation is much greater. In Punta Arenas, in the extreme south, the average temperature is 6 ° C and the extreme values ​​are 24.5 ° C the maximum and -2 ° C the minimum. The prevailing winds are western and the west side faces a greater amount of rainfall than the eastern side, determining the pluviometric shade; the western islands near Torres del Paine receive an annual precipitation of 4000-7000 mm of rain, while the eastern hills receive less than 800 mm of rain and in the plains can reach 200 mm of annual rainfall.
History
Some archaeological research has dated the presence of man in the region at least 13,000 years ago, although the most certain date seems to be around 10,000 years ago. There is evidence of human presence in Monte Verde in the Province of Llanquihue, Chile, dated around 12,500 years ago. The presence of glaciers in the region and the large flows of ice-melt water would have made human settlement particularly difficult in those times. The region seems to have been permanently inhabited for 10,000 years, by various cultures that have followed over time and whose history has not yet been thoroughly studied. Many excavation campaigns have been conducted, including those in the Cueva del Milodón, in the Province of Última Esperanza, in the south of Patagonia and those at Tres Arroyos, in Tierra del Fuego, whose findings support these dates. Focolare, worked stones and animal remains, found to the east of the Andes, have been dated 9,400-9,200 years ago. La Cueva de las Manos is a famous place in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. It is a cave at the base of a rock wall, in which wall paintings have been found, especially negative images of hundreds of hands, dated around 8,000 years ago. Guanaco hunting was the most important activity, followed by the rhea (ñandu). It is not clear whether the Patagonia megafauna, including the terrestrial sloth and the horse, had become extinct in the area before the arrival of human beings, even though this is now the most widely accepted theory. It is also not clear whether domestic dogs were part of human activity from the beginning. The bolas, often found, have been used for guanaco and rhea hunting. A maritime culture has appeared between the Yámana to the south of the Beagle Channel.
Typical products
The wines of Patagonia, in the extreme south of the country, in the provinces of Neuquén and above all of Rio Negro, have a peculiar character, presenting themselves full-bodied and intense. Influence of the Antarctic keeps low temperatures and strong winds reduce the risks of diseases of the vine. The wines produced are well defined, of structure and decisive character.

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Producer Bodega Chacra
Wine type Red organic still
Region: Patagonia
Grapes: 100% Pinot Nero
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
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Producer Bodega Chacra
Wine type Red organic still
Region: Patagonia
Grapes: 100% Pinot Nero
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer Bodega Chacra
Wine type Red organic still
Region: Patagonia
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