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Neuquén


Wines from this region

Introduction

Neuquén is a land of harmony and contrasts, which combines the rural and arid of the steppe, with majestic hills and lakes surrounded by stunning vegetation. Its beautiful scenery, the delicious aromas and flavors of the Patagonian cuisine, and its luxurious lodging options with world-class facilities, are all part of a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.
Moreover, it has volcanoes, thermal waters, deep valleys, livestock herds, neat geographic shapes and rupestrian art expressions, all framed by a wonderful area called Viento (wind) Mountain Range.
It is located on the inferior valleys of Limay and Neuquén Rivers, a region characterized by the production of fruit, the sites of historical and cultural interest, the paleontological and archaeological resources, and the recreational areas on the banks of rivers and artificial lakes.
In Neuquén province there are four National Parks, one provincial park and eleven provincial natural protected areas, created to preserve native flora and fauna species typical of the Andean-Patagonian Forest and the semiarid environments of the extra-Andean Patagonia.

Information and pictures courtesy of Neuquén Province Sub-Secretary of Tourism

General Information

Demographic Data
Area: 94,078 Km2
Population: 474,155 inhabitants (approximately)
Capital: Neuquén City
Area Code: 54 299
International Airport: Neuquén International Airport “President Juan Domingo Perón” – 5901 San Martín Street – Neuquén Capital City – Phone : 54 299 444 0244
San Martín de los Andes Airport – National Road No. 234 – Km. San Martín de los Andes – Phone No. 54 2972 428388
Bus Station: Solalique Street and National Road No. 22 – Neuquén City – Phone No. : 54 299 4452300

Economic Aspects
Its economy depends mainly on energy generation, and the exploitation of oil, gas and mineral resources. Neuquén basin, which is shared with Río Negro, La Pampa and Mendoza, is the most important oil and gas exploitation area in the country. Neuquén also produces 52 % of the electric energy of the country, with large power stations on its artificial lakes. Besides, the growing of fruit and fine fruit stands out, with apples, pears, peaches, prunes and sour cherries as the main products. In the past few years, the tourist activity has gained much importance, especially in the mountain area, both in summer and winter seasons.

Main Tourist Centres
Neuquén seduces with the scenic beauty preserved by its national parks. Lanin National Park was created in 1937 to preserve the flora of the Andean-Patagonian region. Los Arrayanes National Park, created in 1971, preserves an Arrayanes forest almost in its natural state, only comparable in the world to another park which does not allow access to visitors. Laguna Blanca National Park protects one of the largest communities of black-necked swans, among other animal species. The most famous of all is Nahuel Huapi National Park, created in the year 1934, with an area of 705,000 hectares. It was created to protect a vast area that represents the Andean region of the Northern Patagonia. In addition, the Route of Wine, Apples and Dinosaurs invites visitors to feel and enjoy the scents and flavors of this land, and undertake an exciting paleontological experience. Along this route, they can choose among many different attractions: the traditional production process of the farms, the wine industry, the typical products and the local cuisine. Besides, they can admire exhibitions in Paleontological Museums, dinosaur deposits and fossil replicas.

Temperatures
Summer: it ranges between 58 and 87º F, approximately.
Winter: it ranges between 33 and 55º F, approximately.

Information Centres
Headquarters:
182 Felix San Martin Street – Neuquén Capital City
Phone No: 299 442 4089
e-mail: turismo@neuquen.gov.ar
www.neuquentur.gov.ar
Highway Bridge:
National Road No. 22 (near the roundabout).
Phone No: 54 299 447 0095
e-mail: turismo-neuquen@infovia.com.ar

Tourism Calendar

January
River Festival – Aluminé
Rural Exhibition, Animal Husbandry and Industrial Show – Junín de los Andes
Pehuén Carnival – Junín de los Andes
Summer Itinerant Herdsmen and Producers Festival in the North of Neuquén – Andacollo
Saint Sebastian Festival – Las Ovejas
Neuquén’s Exhibition, Horse Riding and Singing – El Sauce

February
Farmers and Countrymen Festival – Picún Leufú
Herdsmen Festival – Buta Ranquil
Creole Threshing Festival – Huinganco
Ñaco Provincial Festival – El Cholar
Carmen’s Virgin Binational Meeting – Los Miches
Northern Neuquén Women Singers Meeting – Varvarco
Horticulture Festival – Taquimilán
Gardens’ Provincial Festival – Villa La Angostura
Nectarines and Rural Workers Festival – San Patricio del Chañar
Cattlemen National Festival – Junín de los Andes
Artisan, Productive and Cultural Exhibition – Mariano Moreno

March
Provincial Festival of the Chef– Villa Pehuenia
Pehuén (Araucaria) Provincial Celebration – Aluminé
Andean Gaucho Festival – Villa Pehuenia
Piñón (pinenut) Festival – Caviahue
Farmers Festival – Bajada del Agrio
Country People Provincial Festival – Centenario
Corncob and Sweet Tamale Provincial Festival – El Sauce

April
Summer Itinerant Herdsmen Homecoming – Barrancas
Dog Rose Festival – Huinganco
Grass Provincial Festival – Las Lajas
Festival in Homage to Oil Workers – Rincón de los Sauces

June
Calf Regional Celebration – Añelo

July
Mapuche’s Traum Kezau (artisans’ gathering) – Junín de los Andes
Thermal Area Artisans Popular Festival – Loncopué
Volcano Festival – Caviahue, Copahue

August
Highlanders National Festival – San Martín de los Andes
Pehuenia Snow Festival – Villa Pehuenia

October
Virgen del Rosario Patron Saint Festivals
Cattle Branding and Lasso Festival – Añelo
Tradition Provincial Festival – Zapala
Artisans’ Fair Festival of Neuquén – Neuquén Capital City

November
Kid, Dance and Song National Festival – Chos Malal
Artisans’ Fair Festival of Neuquén – Neuquén Capital City
Trout National Festival – Junín de los Andes
Tradition Provincial Festival – Zapala

December
Artisans Festival – Andacollo
Rose Provincial Festival – Tricao Malal
Wool and Cueca (popular dance) Festival – Las Ovejas
Gaucho Groups Week – Villa Traful
Country Activities Festival – Moquehue
Trabun – San Martín de los Andes
Andean Christmas – San Martín de los Andes

Grape and Wine Production

In Neuquén, the grape-growing and wine-making business started in 1997, and it grew little by little. The most important project is the one called Chañar III, by which fine fruits and vineyards will be grown in an area of 2,000 hectares. The production of premier quality fine wines concentrates the demand of the major and most competitive wine-making markets in the world. San Patricio del Chañar is the chosen area for these developments in Neuquén. In a period of five years, 1,400 hectares have been planted with vineyards and five wineries have been built.

They are rather new wine-producing establishments that stand out for being state-of-the-art constructions that use top technology for their production process. A significant temperature range that reaches the 68º F during summer and a scarce rainfall rate, allow the grapes to ripen slowly, which favours the production of wines of intense colors and flavors.