Argentina - 2014 Vintage

Grape picking in Argentina

For a land that is normally blessed with more than 330 days a year of sunshine, the country’s major wine-producing region Mendoza suffered an unusually wet harvest in 2014.

A year's average rainfall in 3 weeks

After a record-breaking heat wave early in the season, the year’s entire annual average rainfall fell in just three weeks during the Argentinean summer. As a result, many growers had to do more vineyard work than normal in order to limit the botrytis risk. In addition, the harvest was also compressed into a few short weeks. Yields were 10-30 percent lower than average (depending on variety and producer) due to early frosts during the budding season, burning winds in the growing season and the additional canopy management and green harvests during the rain.

The varieties that have been hardest to manage are whites, Pinot Noir and varieties with tight bunches like Syrah. Patagonia, in the far south of the country avoided the problems faced by those in Mendoza, experiencing a dry year.

 

Pricing

Pricing is generally flat masking the continued turmoil in the Argentinean economy. Unofficial inflation of around 30% is being offset by the continued devaluation of the Argentine Peso in relation to the dollar.

Date:
6th August 2014


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