Criolla Grande

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

Criolla Grande, the fourth most planted vine variety in argentina after malbec, cereza, and bonarda. Although the area planted with this coarse, pink-skinned grape has declined substantially, there were still 17,000 ha/42,000 acres in 2011. Almost all Criolla Grande is in Mendoza province. Criolla Grande is a low-quality criolla, and is much deeper skinned than criolla chica. The two Criollas, along with Cereza and Moscatel Rosada, form the basis of Argentina’s declining trade in basic deep-coloured white or pale pink wine sold very cheaply in litre bottles or cardboard cartons.