Cherry tour in Argentina
The state of Mendoza in northern Argentina, which is world renown for its Malbec wines, is also the country’s main and earliest cherry growing region. Orchardists there aim to be the first on the world market with Southern Hemisphere cherries, but face many adversities. Mendoza, situated along the eastern foothills of the Andews mountain range, receives only 8 inches of rainfall a year. The summers are intensely hot, but the winters are mild, leaving the trees with inadequate chilling. Dormex is used as a rest-breaking treatment. Bing cherries have not been productive in Mendoza. Growers have had better success with some of the Canadian varieties, such as Stellar, Lapins, and Santina, as well as a new variety from California called Royal Dawn.