Mendoza lies in western Argentina on a plateau in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. The Andes protects the area from coastal influences. The area is well irrigated since several rivers flow through Mendoza and carry snowmelt from the Andes to the vineyards.
Rainfall averages eight inches per year.
Mendoza's climate is continental, and the region has distinct seasons. Winters are cool, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 60 degrees fahrenheit.
The Mendoza wine region is divided into separate regions, each with several departments. The five sub-regions are Eastern, Northern, Central, Southern and the Uco Valley, according to Wines of Argentina.
By far the most important aspect of Mendoza's geography is the altitude of its vineyards. The vineyards are planted at altitudes ranging from about 1,600 feet to 5,600 feet above sea level, according to The World Atlas of Wine. This allows winemakers to plant at exactly the right altitude for each grape variety to ripen perfectly.
About Lagarde Winery
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The first vine was planted in 1897 and makes Lagarde one of the oldest wineries in the Mendoza region with Malbec vines that are over 100 years old. Lagarde was acquired by the Pescarmona family in 1969 and has only had two owning families in its history.
TODAY THE WINERY IS RUN BY TWO YOUNG SISTERS, SOFIA AND LUCILA PESCARMONA, WHO ARE THE THIRD GENERATION OF THE WINEMAKING FAMILY
During the following decades Lagarde focused on defining its unique style of wines by striving to consistently innovate. Lagarde was the first Latin American producer to plant non-traditional varieties, such as Viognier and Moscato Bianco, adding to its unique style.
Since 1999, the wines have been under the dedicated supervision of winemaker, Juan Roby, who along with the Pescarmonas enjoy creating high-quality wine made from grapes grown exclusively on their winery-run vineyards.
Today the winery and estate are run by third generation Pescarmonas, Sofia and Lucila Pescarmona. Under their direction, Lagarde creates exceptional wines that reflect a strong sustainable commitment to the land and its people.