PEDRO XIMÉNEZ – Varietal Overview

Pedro Ximénez from Argentina, also known as PX, originates from criolla grapes. The term criolla is used to collectively refer to a family of grape varieties brought by the Spanish in the mid-1500s when they colonized and started viticulture on the continent. Pedro Ximénez from Argentina is not to be confused with the white Spanish wine grape variety also called by the same name, which grows in several wine regions in Spain, but most notably in Andalusia, where it is most commonly used to make fortified wines.

Pedro Ximénez is the most planted white variety in Argentina, but it is rapidly declining in plantings. It has historically been used to produce simple, inexpensive table wines. Recently, a newer generation of winemakers are embracing this ancient variety and treating it in a way that produces high-quality wines.

Pedro Ximénez has subtle aromas of a diversity of fruits including citrus, tropical and tree, as well as touches of white flowers and green herbs. On the palate, it is fresh and crisp, with a light and fruity body, great balance and a very pleasant and long finish.

There are 28,143 acres of Pedro Ximénez vineyards in production in Argentina.

The skin of the grape is thick and greenish yellow. The vine can be very vigorous and productive because it has large bunches of grapes of different sizes. For this reason, great care must be taken in the vineyard to lower the yields and produce higher quality grapes.

Pedro Ximenez pairs nicely with fresh seafood, pastas with a tomato sauce, and other foods with good acidity and delicate flavors. It also makes an excellent aperitif and a perfect choice for summertime outdoor sipping.

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