The Vineyard of the Rio Negro
The Vineyard of the Rio Negro
This region of Patagonia is located on the lower margin of the Limay and Neuquén rivers, and more than 3,700 acres of vineyards , the soils are stony with heavy texture , very suitable for the vine
This is the wine region of Argentina is the smallest and southernmost , altitude vineyards not exceeding 400 meters above sea level , with cold winters and hot, dry summers. Or there has been a high thermal amplitude.
Are climate is continental temperate and dry, with a strong presence of winds coming from the Andes that promotes healthy vineyards, with less than 190 mm annual rainfall and a very small percentage of moisture, this region has a very strong sunshine.
The upper valley of Río Negro is an oasis 120 km long and 8 km wide, wild and barren plateau of Patagonia. It is the best representation of Patagonia to the vine.
The climate and soils of the area are ideal to obtain white wines from grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and for red grape varieties found along the Malbec , Pinot Noir and Merlot.
The particular character of Patagonia gives the wine a strong personality. Indeed, they are all distinguished by a perfect balance between alcohol and acidity,
Whites Wines from this region are particularly interesting, especially those made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. They give off a scent difficult to find in wines from other areas. Among the reds, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Malbec are distinguished by the intensity of their dress.
The province of Río Negro
It is located in the south, in Patagonia. It is bordered to the north by the province of La Pampa, to the east by that of Buenos Aires, south of the Chubut and to the west by the Neuquén and separated by the Andes and the Chile.
Before the Spanish arrived, the area was inhabited by different ethnic groups puelches , picunches , vuriloches , among others, which were gradually subsumed into the complex tehuelches . Indeed the rise and progress of the Mapuche in Argentina from Chile led the consolidation of several ethnic groups in the Argentine Patagonia .
The capital city of Rio Negro, was founded in 1779 by Francisco de Viedma y Navarvàez , it is considered as the first location of the colonizer in Patagonia
The city is divided by the Rio Negro which is also the border with the region of Buenos Aires, bodegas settled in this region are at the forefront of progress in viticulture in Argentina.
Useful information for tourists
Two other oases have developed along the river to the Atlantic , medium and low valleys. While traditional agriculture is practiced in these valleys , only wines from the upper valley made themselves known and have gained a reputation both in Argentina and abroad .
You can practice successful trout fishing and pejerreys well as water sports, horse riding and hiking interest. There are a cottage and municipal shelters to meet the tourist accommodation. There is also in this area millennia of great historical value paintings. One can admire the rock art in the estancias and Huanuluan Calcatreo.
Many glacial lakes are found in the west of the province, such as Lake Nahuel Huapi , Lake Mascardi and Steffen lake, which is the basis for a thriving tourism.
Streams may depend either the Atlantic as Ríos Colorado and Rio Negro , or the Pacific , such as the Rio Manso . All have flood related snowmelt Andean peaks and autumn rains .
The provincial economy is based on agriculture, concentrated in the area of valleys. Fruit crops predominate ( such as apples and pears ) . There are also vegetable crops (tomatoes and onions) , and for as raspberries, cherries and strawberries fruit also is a production of cider and fruit juices, also fine wool . Fishing provides hake and squid .