Argentina finds home for Sauvignon Blanc

18th January, 2012
The Drink Business by Gabriel Savage

Argentina[1]Sauvignon Blanc can offer a useful alternative white variety to Torrontés in Argentina’s cooler sites, according to Doña Paula winemaking director Edgardo del Popolo.

Speaking to the drinks business at the South American Wine Workshop organised by Santa Rita Estates, which has owned Doña Paula since 1998, del Popolo described how Sauvignon Blanc has become an important part of the producer’s portfolio as it expands its vineyard area in the Uco Valley.

Despite acknowledging “there is a perception that Argentina is not the best place to produce Sauvignon Blanc because there are so many other regions making it to a high quality”, del Popolo emphasised his conviction about the variety’s potential in the right sites.

“It’s very challenging in a warm climate but the Uco Valley is our coolest region and you get a very nice varietal character there,” he argued, stressing in particular the strong contrast between the conditions required by Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontés. Read full article