Wines with their own character, which have gained international prestige.
Wine lovers know that when they go out to visit wineries in Patagonia, they not only find tasting routes and new landscapes. But also, unique wines in relation to the other wine regions of Argentina.
This is the case in the incipient circuit in Valle de Trevelin, near Esquel, in Chubut. The route is made up of the Contra Corriente, Casa Yagüe and Viñas del Nant y Fall wineries, among the southernmost in the country, all with a common denominator: wines of their own character, which have gained international prestige.
One of the main characteristics is that they are low in alcohol content, about 11 degrees compared to 14 for Mendoza.
Other characteristic of the region, responsible for its character, is its cool moderate temperature, with a lower average than other Argentine producing areas. This translates into a slow maturation of the grapes, among which the short-cycle ones stand out, such as Merlot and Pinot Noir, while the Malbec achieves a particular style, with good muscle and freshness.
Patagonian wines are different from those of the rest of the country. Thanks to the cold climate, the level of acidity in the grapes is high, and this ensures freshness on the palate. As for the winds, they generate a thicker skin that collaborates with the body of the wine.
On the banks of the Percey River, the vine matures slowly through frost and each plant receives hand care a dozen times a season. The growth in Parallel 43° South is slow, but when it receives a lot of sun, these tasty wines with complex aromas are obtained.
This is thanks to the help of technology, specifically the sprinklers with which they deal with frost (it generates a drizzle over the vineyard when the temperature drops to 1 °C).
Here, pinot noir is the star varietal, the flagship of Patagonia. The famous British critic Tim Atkin distinguished one of the 2018 vintage, with 90 points, equivalent to a gold medal.
LostValley Editorial / 2023 Jan