This 450-800 m high area is irrigated by Atuel and Diamante rivers and is the area where Chenin wine is produced. This variety unfolds the distinctive characteristics of the region’s white wine: fruity, with and excellent alcohol-acidity relation. Many of the wineries that are open to the public belong to traditional Mendoza families that still apply the wine-making techniques they inherited from their ancestors.
San Rafael is one of the most important regions regarding the elaboration of fine wines due to the rigor of the climate as it has very cold winters, very warm summers, late frosts and frequent hail.
For this reason the first producers were obliged to use high-quality vine plants which were later to become what gave fame to this area.
San Rafael is also an important producer of fresh and dried fruits, preserves, olives and, of course, olive oils.