Regions: Buenos Aires, La Pampa, and Córdoba

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The Argentine wine map is being redrawn virtually every day. Córdoba, which had 279 ha/690 acres of vines in 2014, had a long tradition of making artisanal wines and has now shifted its focus to high quality. La Pampa, a province known more for its cattle, has suitable vineyard land in the south for its 212 ha/524 acres of vines on the northern border of Patagonia, where Bodega del Desierto, under the supervision of Paul Hobbs of California, is showing the way. And even Buenos Aires province, by the Atlantic Ocean, now has 114 ha/280 acres of vineyards planted in deeper soils, on slopes rather than mountains, and in a maritime climate rather than a continental one. A handful of wineries are already in production, with the giant Trapiche already achieving great results with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in its new vineyard close to Mar del Plata, the country’s biggest beach resort a few hundred kilometres south of the city of Buenos Aires.