Rio Negro

Rio Negro

Patagonia may be more synonymous with dinosaur bones and deserts than drinking, but with the introduction of irrigation it can be extraordinarily fertile. The Rio Negro region has long grown fruit and the grape has not been forgotten.

For some time it has produced unspectacular base wine for blending into sparkling wines, but now it has begun to tailor its cool climate to certain noble grapes.

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Torrontés, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all producing pleasing results and may come to make an international impact.

An interesting element of the wine industry in the Rio Negro region is the belief amongst winemakers that the strong, dry winds they have can be an advantage rather than a nuisance. In keeping away disease and pests, they may allow for the development of an organic industry.

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