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La Rioja (Argentina)

Wine-growing region in Argentina with around 7,000 hectares of vineyards; to the west is the Catamarca region. Although it is historically the oldest region, it has rather less importance for viticulture. This is concentrated in the small irrigated mountain valleys in the west between the "Sierras de Velasco" in the east and the "Sierra de Famatina" classified as DO in the west. Most of the vineyards, around 70%, are located around the small town of Chilecito. The white grape varieties Torrontés Riojano (with about 50% of the area), Torrontés Sanjuanino and Muscat d'Alexandrie predominate, which are often vinified "lieblich" or sweetly. Furthermore, the indigenous light red varieties Cereza, Criolla Chica and Criolla Grande are represented, from which white or light red wines are pressed for everyday consumption. Red wines play a minor role and are mainly produced from the Italian varieties Barbera and Bonarda. The most important producer is the Cooperativa La Riojana.

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