Regions: La Rioja

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Historically the oldest of Argentina’s wine-producing provinces, La Rioja had 7,287 ha/18,006 acres of vineyard in 2013, of which Torrontés Riojano was planted on a total of 2,145 ha/5,300 acres. La Rioja is little-known abroad, partly because almost the entire production of the province is crushed by the giant Co-operativa La Riojana in the town of Chilecito. They make Torrontés in several styles, including an aromatic dry one, a late harvest, and even a refreshing sparkling version. In recent years, a handful of new, small-scale producers have started to produce more interesting wines in higher elevation vineyards from lesser known areas such as Famatina and Chañar Muyo. This has increased interest in the region even if, as elsewhere, irrigation water can be scarce in parts.