Patagonia Wine

Patagonia is a region in the southernmost, lowest and coolest part of Argentina. It is literally at the end of the earth, its glaciers at Tierra del Fuego aiming the way to the South Pole. Much of it is a harsh, windy desert, flat, dry as jerky, with outstretched prairies and sheep farms, but the patches of green that exist have surprisingly become a destination for quality wine-making. 

Because of its significantly cooler growing conditions, cool-climate, international varietals do very well here such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Semillon and Pinot Noir. Other grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.
It is divided into two main regions:
The Rio Negro: began its viticultural history at the time of the railroad, which was built and owned by the British. The Brits found places to plant apple and pear orchards for fruit to be shipped back to England, and no doubt missing the wines they were used to drinking from Europe, decided to plant vineyards Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Epicurious just published some great Argentine restaurant suggestions, with several of the highlighted spots being located in the Patagonian region.

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  • The New York Times Travel section named Patagonia's wine-producing provinces one of the places to visit in 2010- I completely concur, so get out to visit those friendly, beautiful wineries in Rio Negro and Neuquén before the word gets out.

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  • Aero Malbec Patagonia. Neuquen Malbec 2009


    Great body, crisp notes- nice and dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by carl78

  • Postales del Fin del Mundo Malbec Patagonia 2003


    Suave no inicio. Tem tons de baunilha e chocolate bem acentuados. No fim é pouco rascante Read More

    Wine review by Hugo Moraes

  • Malbec Ruta 22 Bodegas Universo Austral Patagonia 2010


    Smooth and complex. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Regarding NG, I was hoping for her response to that old Coke ad. Probably hard ... in the St. Elias-Wrangels, Patagonia or three different mountain ranges in South Asia during the '70s. Scary. It's probably only been wrapped in cellophane (earlier versions were canned, but that added weight, and what do you do with the cans when done?), but it... Read More

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  • Malbec Ruta 22 Bodegas Universo Austral Patagonia 2010


    Softer than some, with a lighter body and tannins though still big and fruity. Black cherry predominates for me.Pairs with our Panacea Black Maduro Robusto or Twisted Hitch. See the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail for more Read More

    Wine review by CigarVolante

  • I agree.That said, the wine world has changed drastically in the last 15 years, ... is making good Blaufrankish, Patagonia is making credible Pinot Noir, and those are pretty recent developments.Still, for much of the wine world, the older version should be OK. If you can get it at a good price, go for i Read More

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  • The labels that can be obtained outside the country are not necessarily the best. There are many wines with low projection on the outside but they are really good and cheap.Thanks for your opinion.Julian Read More

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  • I will be very honest.  It was about one year ago, and I remember specifically that it was not Mendoza and I was a bit surprised at the price.  I enjoyed it, but I must say that I've had other malbecs that were cheaper and as good or better (La Posta, Catena Zapata).  I am glad to learn more about your region and I'm looking forward to buying mo... Read More

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  • Certainly the wines of Bodegas del Fin del Mundo, Bodegas Schroeder or NQN Read More

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  • Humberto Canale and Fin del Mundo are the patagonic wines that I have noticed in the supermarkets  and wine stores where I shop. I going to looks more carefully for other producers.What wines do you consider as tipically patagonic that you can recommend us. Read More

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