WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA

San Juan is Argentina’s second-largest wine region after Mendoza, with 17% of the total area planted in the country.

It sits between Mendoza and La Rioja, and is almost entirely contained within the mountainous foothills of the Andes. The San Juan region is predominantly semi-desert, and its viticulture is dependent on irrigation from the San Juan and Jachal rivers. The warm, dry climate has a huge impact on differential quality. The soils are usually very varied, although mainly alluvial with sand and clay.

The predominant variety is Syrah, which has positioned itself as the typical grape of the province. The region is also home to Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec for red wines, and Chardonnay, Torrontés and Viognier for white wines.

The whites have medium colour intensity and green hues, strong fruity aromas and moderate acidity and structure. The reds have violet hues while at higher altitudes you get wines with deeper colours and more intense aromas.

We would suggest to taste 2014 Mora Negra Bodega Finca Las Moras, a unique Bonarda-Malbec blend from the most ancient vineyards of the region. Its vintage is done by hand, fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 15 months in new American and French oak barrels. The wine has beautiful purple colour, ripe berries’ aromas together with vanilla scent on the nose. It is soft and velvety in the palate with sweet spices and smoky notes.

Vivino: 4.1

Amsterdam, May 19th 2020