With the popularity that Malbecs from Argentina enjoy today, it is almost impossible to believe that wines from Argentina were largely unavailable only 20 years ago! Although Argentina has just recently burst onto the international wine scene, the country has quietly been producing quality wines for centuries–since Spanish settlers brought vine cuttings to South America in the 1500s. Quality wine production has steadily expanded throughout Argentina ever since.
Winegrowing regions in Argentina lie just to the east of the imposing Andes in the rain shadow of the mountains. Argentina’s wine regions are some of the most unique in the world: located in a desert, irrigated by Andean snowmelt, and with many vineyards planted at dazzlingly high elevations. The two most notable regions are located in the provinces of Mendoza and Salta. Mendoza lies just east of Santiago, Chile, and it is undoubtedly the capital of Argentina’s wine production. Salta is farther north — just south of the border with Bolivia. The latter region produces a large proportion of Argentina’s quality white wines.
The grape varieties grown today in Argentina certainly reflect the country’s European heritage. The most popular and most widely planted grape is Malbec; which originally hails from southwestern France. The country also grows a large amount of Bonarda, which was brought to the country by Italian settlers. Finally, the aromatic white grape grown in Argentina called Torrontés is a hybrid of Muscat, and vine cuttings brought by Spanish settlers to the area. In recent years, Argentina has started growing internationally popular grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. While the reds from Argentina are certainly great, we will leave you with this pointer: don’t pass over the whites and rosés because you will miss some fun surprises and great values!
We are all familiar with the wonderful red wines Argentina produces from Malbec. This wine proves that Argentine Malbec makes fabulous rosé as well. The wine’s fruit comes from vineyards tended by Belasco de Baquedano, a winery … read more
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Colomé is a unique estate in the northwest of Argentina that lies in the desert foothills of the Andes Mountains. Their vineyards are farmed biodynamically, and are also located at dazzlingly high altitudes ranging from 2,300 to 3,111 … read more
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Brothers Osvaldo, Gabriel, and Rafael Domingo founded this winery on the stony slopes of the Yacochuya district high above the Cafayate Valley in the Salta region of Argentina. The brothers’ goal is to pay respect to the land by … read more
At 6000 ft in elevation, the Don Rodolfo vineyards are tended in an area where warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to fully ripen with excellent acidity and rich aroma and flavor. While the Viña Cornejo Costas estate is the oldest … read more