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Mendoza Wine

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Mendozais located within the region of Cuyo and is known for its favourable climatic conditions. The prime growing area in Argentina is one of the highest cultivation areas in the world. The highest vineyard in Argentina's Northwest is located at 10,922ft above sea level! The Mendoza region contains more than 144,000 hectares of vineyards.

The high-altitude Mendoza region of Argentina has a desert-like climate, characterized by hot, sunny days and cool nights. These wide diurnal temperature shifts make the grapes produce more acidity, lengthening the wine's shelf life. Higher altitudes also lead to the grapes developing thicker skin to protect themselves from UV light. This increases the pulp to juice ratio, adding more tannins and acidity to the wine. Ultimately, all this results in more flavourful, complex and delicious wines, ideal for long-term cellaring.

One of Mendoza's most important grapes is Malbec. Argentina grows 75% of all Malbec grapes, making it the world's leading producer. The Malbec grape has an intense reddish-purple colour and aromas of prunes, berries and anise. Its fruity character also lends itself to making rosé.

Aside from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay are Mendoza's other most important grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon has a bluish colour with aromas that evoke peppers, strawberries and cassis. Chardonnay has aromas of peach, melon, walnut and almond.

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