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The region of San Rafael, Mendoza , is a very high production area of superior quality wines . It is characterized by being arid with low rainfall and very little humidity, which determines the high standard of local viticulture, these are excellent conditions for its expression. San Rafael is located at an average height of 750 meters above sea level.
Soils are deep, permeable and poor in organic matter, decisive qualities when it comes to obtaining a good wine.
The origins of Sanrafaelina winemaking go hand in hand with European immigrants who arrived in the time of 1880 and 1905, along with the launch of the railroad . The development brought Italians, Spaniards, French and Swiss who began to till the land.
Where the convergence of the Diamante and Atuel rivers occurs, it was the optimal place for wine-growing establishments. What was produced at that time was sold to the Buenos Aires market. There was the large number of population that came from countries originally consuming wine.
The development of wine production would again receive a momentum in the 1990s, when foreign investment of $100 billion was made to modernize the winemaking of Oh , Mendoza .
The vineyards and winery of the Roca family are located in this area south of the Province of Mendoza . With unbeatable ecological characteristics that ensure a long period of ripening, which contributes to intensifying the qualities of the grapes.
In 1912 the descendants of the Roca family arrived in Argentina from Europe , who chose this area and were dedicated to the cultivation of the vine. Today this family in the fourth generation continues with this tradition.
The Bodega Alfredo Roca has more than 10 varietals in preparation, where the Personal Dedication line stands out (referring to the dedication of those who contribute the work in their vineyards and in their winery). One of the best strains scored by journalist Jay Miller, chosen by Robert Parker as his representative in South America, was Sauvignon Blanc, who scored 90 points.
This Sauvignon Blanc offers a great aromatic intensity with citrus notes reminiscent of grapefruit and lime , which are mixed with aromas of tropical fruits and peaches. The palate is persistent and fresh thanks to its balanced acidity . An attractive greenish yellow color with silver tones completes the colour palette that highlights a great wine.
Each bottle of these wines expresses the Roca family 's affection and passion towards the art of making wines.
They are the traces of the wine history of that town, which until today persist and mark a city with European dyes.
Publication Date: 14/10/2019
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