Grapes on the vine in Mendoza, Argentina, for the National Grape Harvest Festival
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Harvest time in Mendoza. Let the harvest begin
It’s late summer in Argentina—harvest time for the nation’s grape crop. Though mechanical grape harvesters have been available since the 1960s, many wineries still prefer to handpick grapes to ensure gentler handling and a higher-quality grape selection. Both methods seem to work well in Mendoza; the region has become the largest wine producer in Argentina, best known for its high-altitude malbec wines made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes. Salud!