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Agrelo Wine

Agrelo is a small wine-producing village about 20 miles (35km) south of the city of Mendoza in Argentina. Located on the southern side of the Mendoza River just south of Perdriel, the area is home to some of the country's most famous wine estates. Agrelo's terroir is considered to be some of the best in Mendoza for the production of big, complex red wines made from Malbec.

The view towards the Andes from Agrelo
©Giacomo Panicacci

The village is located in the western foothills of the Andes mountains, and is a part of the Lujan de Cuyo department, an administrative title which handily covers some of the best viticultural land in Argentina. The wine-producing zone of Agrelo slopes upward from the town toward the Andes, with the highest (and most desirable) vineyards in the west reaching up to 3300ft (1000m) above sea level. The lower-lying eastern part of the area is closer to 3000ft (900m). Agrelo has a dry, desert-like climate due to its position in the rainshadow of the Andes.

The altitude in Agrelo, while not at the extreme of Argentinean viticulture, is sufficiently high to have a pronounced effect on the quality of the grapes grown here. At this height, sunlight is more intense than in lower-lying areas and so grapes have hot sun during the day to help them ripen. These warm, sunny days are followed by much cooler nights due to cold alpine winds that sweep down the western side of the perpetually snow-capped Andes. It is this diurnal temperature variation that is the star of Agrelo's terroir, extending the ripening period and balancing crisp acidity and complex flavors in the grapes.

The soils in Agrelo are generally sandy loam with a deeper layer of gravelly stones, made up from eroded, mineral-rich material from the slopes of the Andes. These soils have exceptional drainage, and careful irrigation during summer is an essential part of the viticultural process. Using drip irrigation, viticulturists are able to carefully control yield and vigor, and produce small berries with an excellent concentration of sugars, acids and tannins. The wines that result from these grapes are firmly structured, with great complexity.

Along with Malbec, excellent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are produced in the region. Agrelo's position in the center of the larger Lujan de Cuyo region has led many of Argentina's top producers to base themselves in the zone. Bodega Septima and Pulenta Estate are here, as is Catena Zapata, with its iconic winery styled like a Mayan pyramid.

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We found 123 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Grupo Codorniu Bodega Septima Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $10 2675
Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $17 4316
Pulenta Estate La Flor Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $15 4473
Pulenta Estate VII Gran Corte, Agrelo, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $35 4487
Las Perdices Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $13 6406
Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Brioso, Agrelo, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $42 6524
Belasco de Baquedano Swinto Old Vine Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $35 6600
Pulenta Estate X Gran Malbec, Alto Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $32 7042
Pulenta Estate Malbec I, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $25 7313
Pulenta Estate XI Gran Cabernet Franc, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Franc $35 8474
Chakana Cueva de las Manos Malbec Reserve, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $13 8812
Lamadrid Estate Single Vineyard Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $15 10899
Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Amano, Agrelo, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $49 12607
Lamadrid Estate Reserva Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $22 12641
Melipal Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $17 14068
Belasco de Baquedano 'Llama' Malbec Roble Old Vine, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $13 14661
Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $17 15110
Pulenta Estate La Flor Cabernet Sauvignon, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $15 15465
Lamadrid Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $15 16805
Grupo Codorniu Bodega Septima Cabernet Sauvignon, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $10 17268
Lamadrid Estate Gran Reserva Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $23 19129
Melipal Ikella Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $11 19194
Lamadrid Estate Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Agrelo, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $23 20993
Belasco de Baquedano Ar Guentota Old Vine Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $22 21246
Durigutti Reserva Malbec, Agrelo, Argentina Malbec $25 21246
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