Mendoza Valleys’ production rises up to 80% of the Argentine total wine production, Province which holds more than 350,000 acres of the national total of 500,000 acres implanted with vineyards. The most important valleys are Uco Valley (IG), Central Oasis, where the Lujan de Cuyo DOC is, Northern, Eastern and Southern Mendoza, from where San Rafael DOC belongs to. Mendoza harvests grapes at high-altitude-vineyards which extends at the foots of the Andes Mountains range, from 1500 to 6500 feet above sea level (Aconcagua Mount is the highest peak in the whole continent, reaching the sky at 22,832 fasl).
Thanks to the GREAT TERROIR, the HIGH ALTITUDE of these valleys and the CLEAR-MELT-WATER coming from the snowy Andes, plus the fact of having a really dry weather (average annual precipitations of 10 inches) and a non-sea-influence on the vines (continental climate), result in most of the wines produced along this latitudes are considered NATURALLY ORGANIC WINES.
Even though MALBEC grapes (aka Côt) represent more than the 20% of the country’s total, Argentina produces also high quality Bonarda (aka Charbono and Douce Noir), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and some outstanding white wines as Torrontés, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.