Discovering the wine region of San Juan
San Juan is an important Argentinean wine-producing area, producing wines of increasing quality using traditional European Grape varieties. The wine region of San Juan covers the administrative area of the same name in the north-western corner of Argentina. The province sits between Mendoza and La Rioja, and is almost entirely contained within the mountainous foothills of the Andes.
In terms of production Volume, San Juan is Argentina's second-largest wine region after Mendoza.
It accounts for 17 percent of the national Vineyard">Vineyard area with 32,274 hectares (79,752 acres) recorded by the National Viticulture Institute in 2019. About half of the province's agricultural land is devoted to vineyards.
Vineyards lie in a series of valleys across the center-west of San Juan. The most important area of production is the Tulum Valley.
Other subregions include the Zonda Valley and the high-quality Pedernal Valley.
San Juan Grape Varieties
Syrah and the ever-present Malbec are the foremost varieties in terms of prestige. In terms of vineyard area, red grapes account for just under 38 percent of the total, with white grapes at 26 percent.
The 2019 Annual Surface Report of the National Viticulture Institute recorded the main varieties.