For a long time, Semillón was looked down on in our country because the denomination was used for low-quality wines. Undoubtedly, those wines were made with a different variety or with very poor processing. Nowadays, it is identified with very good wines.
This grape vine was first cultivated in Argentina by the end of the 19th century. It adapts best to cool and moderate climates, such as the Uco Valley and Río Negro. In the Cuyo region, Semillon presents white fruits and honey-like aromas, while in Patagonia aromas turn to apple and earth. In both cases, this wine has a great bottle aging capacity, developing more complex bouquets.
Information provided by agronomists Alberto Alcalde and José Rodríguez, and Wines of Argentina. Photos from ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.