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Este Mendocino

Area in the Mendoza region of Argentina; see there.

The most important and, with 144,000 hectares of vineyards, also by far the largest wine-growing region in Argentina. The Argentine wine growing pioneer Don Tiburcio Benegas (1844-1910) was governor of this province. Around 75% of Argentina's wine is produced here. It is located in the far west of the country at the foot of the Andes and stretches from Lavalle in the north for 300 kilometres to San Rafael in the south. It has a continental climate with clear seasons, mild and dry climate and medium humidity. The soils are mostly stony with a calcareous upper layer of sand, clay or loam. This creates excellent conditions for quality viticulture. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 500 to 1,200 metres above sea level. About half of the vineyard area is planted with the indigenous varieties...

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