South America's Sleeping Giant
Located at the southermost part of the American continent, Argentina covers a surface between latitude 22 degrees to latitude 55 degrees south.
With a territory four times bigger than that of France, and housing 38.9 million people, Argentina is one of the ecological reservations of the world. Incredible prairies and marvellous cultivable lands made Argentina one of the main and most well known grain and meat exporters world wide.
Nowadays, this international recognition also incldes the Argentinean viticulture with vineyards spreading from north to south, running alongside the Andes.
Situated on wide valleys or sloping prairies, Argentinean wine regions have well defined characteristics, with altitude the most important factor. The proximity to the Andes defines the sloping plains, from 300 meters to 2,400 above sea level. This peculiarity is unique in the world, since not only are the vineyards located at the highest altitudes for wine cultivation but also the general average is over 900 metres above sea level.
Another distinctive aspect of their vineyards is their natural healthy condition based on the mildness of the dry weather which reduces the chance of vines contracting disease. The irrigation system allows soil fertility regulation by making use of the purest melt water from the Andes.
Most vineyards are located away from major cities and therefore are not subject to pollution.