The availability of pure meltwater from The Andes, the structure of arid soils and the abundance of sunshine are some of the natural competitive advantages that this region enjoys.
All of them, together with new infrastructures and new technologies investment had allowed Mendoza enhancing competitiveness and its wine’s diversity.
Mendoza, the most important wine region of Argentina covers around the 80% of the country’s wine production. Due to its brilliant characteristics, the result is the obtention of excellent wines and it is for this reason that it has been selected as one of the Great Wine Capitals.
Patricia Fernández Ruiz.
Recently, I met Lidia MATERA, a passionate female wine grower who loves her terroir, in de IGT “Valle del Crati”
I particularly enjoyed her “ALARICO”, a wine labeled IGT “Valle del Crati” because the Calabrian region was not yet granted a DOC. This wine is captivating, powerful, round with a fabulous nose. This wine is a dream. It shows the power generated by the Calabrian soil, it is sweet, delicious and radiates across the mouth of the taster. The two used grape sorts are Nerello Capuccio and Mascalese, two indigenous varieties of this wine region. Alarico is a wine that has aged for several months in new oak, but the wood is well integrated and produces very balanced flavor.
Alongside this wine, Lidia also uses the grape sort Magliocco dolce in the development of another wine, more flexible, lightweight but very fruity: “Cariglio” . It has many qualities and is also delicious.
The cantina can easily be found on the internet.
Please, when you meet Lidia, make an effort to speak with her because her Italian is worth trying: poetic, charming and beautiful.