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12b_south_america - 69 THE WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA Wine and...

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69 THE WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA Wine and winegrapes were introduced to South America by European colonists. The earliest were the Spanish who went to Mexico in the 1500’s. Catholic missionaries from Spain established missions to the north and south of Mexico. They developed vineyards and wineries at every mission they established. The grape variety they planted at the missions is still very common and is known as Pais in Chile and Criolla in Argentina (and is also the same as Mission in California). More significant development of the wine industries of South America came with later waves of European immigrants. CHILE Arguably the best wine in South America is being produced in Chile today. Premium wine production is concentrated in the central part of the country, around Santiago. The climate and topography of central Chile are very similar to those of California’s winegrowing regions. Summers are virtually rain-free and winters are relatively mild and wet. There is a large central valley and also some small valleys formed by the coast range. A lot of grapes are also grown in the hotter northern
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2009 for the course VEN 3 taught by Professor Can'tremember during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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12b_south_america - 69 THE WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA Wine and...

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