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La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.
While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.
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In La Rioja, the wine industry has a craft profile whose presence is evident from the Capital to Santa Vera Cruz, in Castro Barros department. A wide range of homemade wines from around the province are available in this circuit. On the other hand, the province’s wine production has an industrial profile in which technology is a key actor. It comprises the Famatina Valleys, whose wines stand out for its unique organoleptic features bestowed by optimum grape-growing conditions. Torrontés Riojano is a unique white variety generated from a mutation occurred in La Rioja. The province has been growing it for hundreds of years now, with vineyards mainly located in Chilecito, Nonogasta, Felipe Varela, Villa Castelli, Vinchina, Castro Barros, Anillaco, San Blas de los Sauces, Sanagasta, and Famatina. These localities encompass most of La Rioja's wineries and provide favorable conditions for grape growth and diversification.
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