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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 Viticultural zoning of the country of Mendoza, Argentina. Study of the first zone : department of Luján de Cuyo. Statement of the study year 2002

Viticultural zoning of the country of Mendoza, Argentina. Study of the first zone : department of Luján de Cuyo. Statement of the study year 2002


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La région viticole de Mendoza est la principale zone vitivinicole d’Argentine qui se compose de 3 oasis (Nord, Valle de Uco, Sud). La première zone vitivinicole, située dans l’oasis Nord, est composée par les département de Luján de Cuyo et Maipu. C’est la zone de production la plus ancienne et la plus reconnue pour la qualité de sa production. Ce travail se porte plus particulièrement sur le département de Luján de Cuyo qui constitue le lieu traditionnel de production du Malbec argertin. Ce travail propose de caractériser les terroirs et de mettre en avant leurs typicités. Le croisement des informations climatiques et des analyses des sols est à l’origine d’un zonage agro-écologique réalisé antérieurement, ces zones seront précisées dans cette étude et seront définies comme des Unités Terroirs de Base (UTB). La mise en place d’un réseau de 14 parcelles d’observation composées de la même variété de référence le Malbec, permet l’étude du potentiel vitivinicole de cette zone. A la suite d’une première année d’étude, les zones homogènes ont pu être précisées et caractérisées du point de vue du comportement de la plante et de la typicité des vins. Ce travail sera poursuivi dans les années à venir pour confirmer les résultats et donner des réponses aux producteurs.

Mendoza is the most important wine producing province of Argentina. It is composed of three cases (Oasis Norte, Oasis Valle de Uco, Oasis Sur). The main wine producing zone is located in the “North Oasis” and is composed of the departments of Luján de Cuyo and Maipu. It is the oldest and the most well known zone for its quality of produce. This study focuses on the department of Luján, which is the traditional vine growing production area for the argentine Malbec variety. The aim of this study is to characterise the different “terroirs” and to point out their typicities. The interaction between climatic information and soil analysis had allowed to realise a agronomic and ecological zonation in a previous work. The zones which had been defined will be precise in this study and will constitute the “Basic Units of Terroir” (UTB). Within these units a net of fourteen vineyards were elected. All of them present the same reference variety : Malbec, in order to study the viticulture capacity of this zone. Homogeneous zones have yet been located and characterised according to the plant behaviour and the typicity of wines. Further studies are foreseen, so that the results can be verified and can help the productors.


Publication date: February 11, 2022

Issue: Terroir 2002

Type: Article


A. VIGIL (1), M. GRASSIN (1), H. OJEDA (1), C. CATANIA (1), H. VILA (1), R. DEL MONTE (1), J. ZULUAGA (2)

(1) INTA Estación Experimental Agropecuario (EEA) Mendoza, Chacras de Coria, Mendoza, Argentina
(2) Instituto Nacional del Agua (INA), Ave Belgrano, Capital, Mendoza, Argentina


zonage, sol, climat, eau, potentialité vitivinicole, typicité
zone, soil, climate, water, viticulture potential, typicity


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2002


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