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Río Negro


Wines from this region

Introduction

The province of Río Negro is located in the Northern portion of Patagonia. It comprises mountain ranges with forests, plateau with steppe and a coast of approximately 430 km with beaches and cliffs, extending from the Río Negro mouth to the intersection of the costal outline with the 42º Southern parallel.

In this vast extension, the distinguishing Patagonian landscapes exist beside each other: smooth slope beaches, steep ridges crowned by native vegetation, and dunes. In their territory, some 180 bird species -such as parrots, gulls, flamingos, Antarctic doves and other- thrive and many others use it as a stopover in their migratory flights.

The marine fauna is represented by different mollusk, fish and mammal species. The most noticeable of them are marine wolves, “toninas” and occasionally orcas and whales. In addition, the continental plateau ecosystem is inhabited by diverse species protected by provincial legislation, such as guanaco, Patagonian mara, American rheas, etc.

Favored by the large proportion of woods and the abundant water resources, the economy of Río Negro is based on forestry, tourism and fine fruit production.

Information and photos courtesy of the Tourism Ministry of Río Negro province

General Information

Demographic Data
Surface: 1.203.013 km²
Population: 679.562 inhabitants (estimated)
Capital: Viedma
Area Code: 54 2920
International Airports:
- Aeropuerto de Viedma – Laprida 240 – Viedma – Río Negro – Phone: 54 2920 42 5311
- Aeropuerto Internacional San Carlos de Bariloche – Av. Mitre 2451 – San Carlos de Bariloche – Río Negro – Phone: 54 2944 42 6112
Bus Terminal: Guido 1660 – Viedma – Río Negro – Phone: 54 2920 426850

Economic Aspects
The economic activities of the sea shore territory relay mainly on cattle breeding, fishing and mining activities. Bovine breeding is pursued intensively, while. Ovine production represents 13% of the national total, yielding very fine wools. Hake and squid are the main species pursued by fishing undertakings. Agriculture is a crucial economic activity as well, concentrated in the areas of valleys and the growth of fruit trees (apples and pears). In addition, there is a significant production of cider and juice.

Main Tourism Centers
Río Negro offers two options: mountain and sea. Their numerous protected areas comprise an important part of the territory and those located on the marine coast of the Gulf of San Matías are part of the Marine Seashore Natural Protected Areas Subsystem, where the sites of greater sensitivity and biological diversity are sheltered. Regarding mountain tourism, the city of Bariloche comprises the most important international ski center in the country.

Temperatures
Summer: 12 to 29° C approximately
Winter: 2 to 13° C approximately

Tourism Information Center
Provincial Tourism Ministry
Av. Caseros 1425 – Viedma
Phone: 54 2920 422 150
E-mail: info@turismo.rionegro.gov.ar
Web: www.rionegrotur.com.ar

Tourism Calendar

January
Río Negro Regatta – Viedma
National Pear Festival – Allen

February
National Sea and Camping Festival – El Condor
Provincial Water Fest – Cinco Saltos, Lago Pellegrini

March
Provincial Harvest Celebration – Villa Regina
National Apple Festival – General Roca

April
Provincial Calf and Traditional Horseback Riding Festival – Choele Choel

May
Provincial Goat Festival – Aguada de Guerra

June
National Snow Festival – San Carlos de Bariloche

July
Provincial Immigrant Communities Festival – San Carlos de Bariloche

August
Saint Ceferino’s Week – Chimpay

September
Provincial Youth Celebration – Cipolletti
“Apple-Tour” Rally – General Roca

October
Provincial Farmers Festival – General Conesa
Craft Beer Festival – El Bolsón

November
Provincial Cattle Breeding Festival – Río Colorado
Provincial Oil Festival – Catriel

December
Lamb Festival – Sierra Colorada
Provincial Folklore Festival – Choele Choele

Grape and Wine Production

The region of the High Valley of Río Negro concentrates the greater viticulture surface of the province, located in General Roca district. They are followed in importance by Río Negro Mid Valley areas and the Río Colorado Mid Valley areas. Agro-ecological conditions are exceptional, barely needing chemical applications. The climate is similar to that of Neuquén. However, delayed or early frosts are a limitation to the development of the activity.

Red and white varieties for winemaking are grown in the region, the most important varieties being Pinot Noir Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc among reds and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillón and Viognier among whites.