A Question of Altitude

David Sax
Issue: May 31, 2004

In an effort to discover the effect of altitude on grapevines, two wineries in Argentina's Salta province are vying for the title of world's highest vineyard. Donald Hess, founder of Napa Valley's Hess Collection winery, claims that his 5-acre test vineyard at El Arenal—one of his three projects in the Andes—has the highest vines, at 9,892 feet.

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