Quick little educational posting about Argelo, Argentina here.
Agrelo, Argentina is a small village south of Mendoza. Some of the countries greatest wines are produced here. The unique terroir of this area is the reason why the grapes that produce great reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah thrive here. The region also produces interesting whites such as Torrontes, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Agrelo’s vineyards are at high altitudes ranging from 3,000 feet to 3,300 feet. While they are not the highest in Mendoza, the altitude provides ample warm sunshine during the day, and cool nights from the alpine breeze of the snow capped Andes. This gives the grapes a longer ripening period and adds to the complexity of the wines produced here.
The soil is rich in minerals and provides exceptional drainage that allows for special irrigation in this desert like climate. With all of these special terroir features, a small berry is grown that has a great balance of sugars, acid and tannins.