Wine Spectator 2017 Harvest Report: La Niña Delivers Frost and Flame to Argentina and Chile

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By Wine Spectator

After years of heavy rain, the 2017 growing season in Argentina and Chile brought extremely dry conditions. The weather was different, but one thing remained the same: smaller grape harvests.

Both sides of the Andes were affected to varying degrees by the shift from the wetter El Niño regime to the drier conditions associated with La Niña. The weather patterns are named for Pacific Ocean currents off the west coast of South America, which can have an impact on precipitation and weather worldwide.

For Argentine vintners, the drier conditions of 2017 came as a relief after a series of years that brought... (Read More)

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