Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Science, Technology and Society

Reader 1

Gabriela Morales

Reader 2

Brian Keeley

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At the beginning of the 1990s, the Argentine wine industry experienced a shift from quantity to quality production which occurred while economic policies in Argentina opened economic opportunities for investment in the country. With these new opportunities, the industry began to focus on producing quality wine because of the desire to export and compete in the international market. As foreign investment entered Mendoza, the heart of Argentine wine country, new ideas and knowledge about wine production began to disseminate into the region and everyday practices. The shift from quantity to quality production was a paradigm shift in that it ushered in a new way of understanding quality in relation to the land, resulted in the younger generation of winemakers excelling in the region, and ultimately led to a new way of viewing production practices and techniques entirely separate from the previous century of production. This project asks: to what extent did this shift impact the implementation and regulation of geographic indications in Mendoza? It seeks to understand the impact that terroir-driven wine production imparted on Argentine winemakers to illuminate the resilience and perseverance of a growing wine center in the Global South.