Bonarda, A New Appreciation
Bonarda grapes need hot weather, plenty of sunshine over the cluster, low yield and adequate ripening: conditions found throughout Argentina’s prime winegrowing regions. In San Rafael’s Cuadro Benegas district, winemakers have discovered an additional advantage unique to its geography. The district is situated between two nourishing rivers that are fed by the purest glacial runoff from the snowcapped Andes Mountains, which has had a remarkable affect on the soil conditions in the area. It has been argued that Cuadro Benegas is the best place to cultivate grapes in the region, due to the considerable benefits delivered from its mineral-rich loam. Click here to read a full report on Argentina’s Bonarda, written by Algodon winemaker Mauro Nosenzo.