Patagonia is a region covering the southernmost portion of the South American continent and lies on both the Chilean and Argentine sides of the Andes mountains. Patagonia has gained recognition for its wines from the Rio Negro and Neuquen areas on the Argentine side.
The Viñalba vineyards lie between the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean in the Alto Valle of the Rio Negro area. Rio Negro is the most southerly of Argentina’s wine regions, lying at a latitude of 39 degrees south and has a similar climate to the Northern Rhône in France. Viñalba’s Patagonian wines tend to have their own distinctive character and strong structure. The Antarctic influences keep the temperatures low but the winds prevent diseases in the vineyards. There are some fantastic wines produced in Patagonia and the area is fast gaining recognition as a premium wine region. The Viñalba wines have already been winning trophies and medals in the international competitions.