Lying between 36°S and 45°S (about the same latitude as New Zealand), making its vineyards among the most southern in the world. The region is essentially a desert and the vineyards are mainly located along the rivers (especially the Colorado and Río Negro) that run from the Andes and provide water to irrigate the vines.
As a name, Patagonia might be better known as the maker of jackets and outdoor clothing. But Patagonia the region turns out some stunningly distinctive wines that will make you want to add the name to your wine vocabulary.
Now if Mendoza Malbec is Argentina’s superstar pin up boy at present then Patagonian wine represents the young, slightly more refined, upstart – daring to try something a bit different in order to get recognised. Whilst Mendoza wines can be characterised by their power, fruit and macho qualities, Patagonian wines offer a bit of a twist on the style with cooler minerality and a bracing streak of acidity, perfect for more delicate dishes.
Patagonia is a region worth exploring in person – with or without Patagonia gear – but until that is possible, you can taste it in the wine.