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Mendoza’s new denominations highlights the different terroirs

Recently Uco Valley, in the southernmost part of Mendoza, received its fifth geographical designation of origin, identificación geográfica (IG) in Spanish. It is San Pablo, where the vines grow in rocky soil at high altitude, between 1100 and 1700 meters above sea level. The other IGs in Uco are Paraje Altamira, which has a unique limestone soil and was the first terroir to be given an IG, Gualtallary, El Cepillo and Los Chacayes.

  • San Pablo
  • Paraje Altamira
  • Gualtallary
  • El Cepillo
  • Los Chacayes

What is unique about these four geographical areas is that their boundaries are based on soil studies, as opposed to political and administrative boundaries that are common in Argentina. Whether consumers will care to learn these new names is hard to say. But it shows that there is a growing interest among ambitious producers to give their wines a local identity.

Read more: thedrinksbusiness

Travel: We will certainly visit and explore Uco Valley on the wine tour to Argentina and Chile.

View over the summits of the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina, and the vineyards

View over the summits of the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina, and the vineyards, copyright BKWine Photography

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