Argentina

Argentina

The World of Wine: Exploring Argentina

Argentina is known to be the biggest producer of wine. It is also one of the top exporters of wine to countries around the world. The country has far-reaching wine regions located in the foothills of the beautiful Andes Mountains to the regions of San Juan, Mendoza, La Rioja, Salta, Neuquén, Rio Negro and the Catamarca varying between the 22 and 42 degrees South latitude. These regions have the ideal climate and soil that are arid and dry for producing outstanding wines.

Argentina's Top Grape Varieties

Argentina is known for its production of Malbec. However, it is by no means the only variety to grow in the rich and dry climate of western Argentina.

Malbec

The most popular of the Argentinean grape varietals. Malbec grape was believed to have risen its life in the southern wine regions of France. In the mid-1900s, the vine was brought across to Argentina. It was when they realized that the vine actually flourishes in dry and arid climate. With intense violet color, rich fruity notes, Malbec is a classic pair of beef dishes for which Argentina is remarkable.

Torrents

Torrontes grape variety is widely planted in the northwest of Argentina where higher slopes of Andes are located. Aside from Malbec, Torrentes is also very well-known.The variety is truly unique to Argentina as it is thought to only exist in the country in three various strains and produces a white wine that is aromatic and easy to drink with hints of peach and apricot.

Pinot Noir

Although Pinot Noirs of Argentina have not earned the attention on the global stage, the region of Mendoza has started to produce Pinot Noirs which taste is improving every day. In Argentina, Pinot Noirs are often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon amongst others.

Regions to Explore in Argentina

Argentina has more great wines than just Mendoza. The country is actually made of three main wine regions namely: Salta of the northwest of Argentina, Mendoza of the central and Patagonia of southern Argentina.

Salta

Salta is the name of the state and of the capital city at the same time. The region is located in the far northwest of Argentina in the foothills of Andes Mountains. Salta is the second largest wine region after Mendoza and is famous for its unique grape variety - Torrontés.

Mendoza

Mendoza region is the primary producer of wine in Argentina. Producing 80% of wines for the whole country with around 400,000 acres of vineyards now planted.

Patagonia

Patagonia includes the far south of Argentina and serves more than a third of its land mass.  Patagonia covers many provinces like Neuquén and Río Negro. Unlike from the Mendoza and Salta Regions, Patagonia Wine Region is far off from the Andes Mountains at a lower altitude of 850’.  The region does not have snow, or the destructive outcomes of summer hail.

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