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Cafayate is a wine growing region in Northwest Argentina. It is located at the central zone of Calchaqui valley in the Salta Lake, Argentina at an altitude of 5,522 feet above sea level. Following Mendoza... (Read on)

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Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualite (INAO) is a French government wing that regulates French agricultural products based on geographical indications and... Read more 

A lesion is a small area of visibly dead plant tissue. Lesions tend to indicate when there is a problem with the vines. A wide variety of diseases, from fungi to... Read more 

A vineyard is an area where grapes are planted and grown largely for the purpose of producing wine. Vineyards are large estates where careful thought and... Read more 

Mendoza is one of the most prominent wine regions in the the world and the largest wine region in Argentina, producing 70% of the country‘s annual wine production.... Read more 

Cafayate is a wine growing region in Northwest Argentina. It is located at the central zone of Calchaqui valley in the Salta Lake, Argentina at an altitude of 5,522... Read more 
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