As the world’s leading producer of yerba mate, Argentina cultivates the tree with production practices that are one hundred percent natural. Within Argentina, the plant is cultivated in the Misiones Province, where the trees thrive in the region’s humid, subtropical climate, growing to approximately 40-50 ft. tall before being harvested.
In this region of northwest Argentina, the production chain it is made up of small producers, dryers and mills.
Yerba mate leaves are similar to wine in their aging process, which can take anywhere from one month to three years to age depending on the variety. From germination to packaging, it takes approximately five years to harvest just one crop of yerba mate.