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Catamarca is a province of Argentina located in the northwest of the country. The province has a population of 334,568 as per the 2001 census, and covers an area of 102,602 km2. Most of Catamarca’s territory of 102,602 square kilometers (2.7% of the country total), is covered by mountains (80%), which can be grouped into four clearly differentiated systems: the Pampean sierras, in the east and center; the Narváez-Cerro Negro-Famatina system, in the west; the cordilleran-Catamarca area of transition, in the western extreme; the Puna, an elevated portion, in the northwest.
Located in an arid and semi-arid climate zone, the scarce water resources determine the human settlement pattern. Agricultural activities are concentrated in the pockets and valleys between the mountains. In the east the population is concentrated around a number of water courses, water being distributed by canals and irrigation ditches. The province is noted for extreme weather ranging from tropical Read more »
Varietals Produced in Catamarca View all
“King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...
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Catamarca on Snooth
I have in front of me the OA Clarke book: 250 best wines for 2010. On page 82 he comments on the Vicien Bonarda 2008: "This is wonderfully juicy, with an almost syrupy strawberry flavour_ sometimes I think it has the heavenly sweet sour flavour of wild strawberries. There is a strong sense of stones and mineral dust too, and when you´ve swallowe... Read More