Bolivia Wine Country
Bolivia’s vines cover less than 5000 hectares and are widely scattered in the Andean valleys around Cochabamba, Potosí, and in the far south in Tarija. The vine plants range from 1600 meters to 2850 meters in height. In addition to the traditional distillation grapes, Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are grown.
The first vineyards in Bolivia were planted by Spanish colonisers who successfully managed to grow grapes in a tropical environment. The first varieties that were planted by the pioneers of Bolivian wine were Mission, País and Muscat of Alexandria. The art of winemaking has undergone a lot of changes and adapted to the modern technologies and processes.
Bolivia has three wine regions: Central Valley of Tarija, Valley of Cinti and Valleys of Santa Cruz. All the wine regions have a semiarid and temperate climate, and due to the elevation, grapes are much exposed to sunlight. This results in strong aromatic wines, both red and white (Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot).
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