Regions: Salta, Jujuy, Tucumán, and Catamarca

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The Calchaquí Valley crosses these far north-western provinces. Catamarca used to have the biggest area under vine, but the province of Salta recently overtook it, and now boasts 2,932 ha/7,245 acres of vineyards, thus becoming the fourth most important wine-producing province after Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. Viticulture in Catamarca is still rustic and lacking identity. Jujuy and Tucumán are starting to make quite interesting wines but on an extremely small scale. Salta is the most significant and widely recognized province for wine in this part of the country. It also has some of the world’s highest vineyards (see elevation) near the town of Payogasta. Donald Hess’s Colomé Altura Máxima vineyard is planted at 3,111 m/10,206 ft.