Argentina Wines



Argentina Wines

Despite its economic problems Argentina is, undeniably, one of the world's most important wine-producing nations. Mostly planted at high altitude, at the feet of the Andes mountains, vines benefit from long, warm, sunny days, and very cold nights. The melted snow from the mountains provides plenty of water to compensate for the low annual rainfall.

Not everything however, focuses on the Andes. From Salta in the north to Patagonia in the south, Argentina's northern and southernmost vineyards are 900 miles apart and the different regions produce wines with a distinct individuality. Massive investment has taken place so the country's most progressive producers now have up-to-date equipment and facilities at their disposal. This investment has enabled the country's producers to concentrate on wines made at various price points, from the fruity and inexpensive, to the sophisticated wines of iconic status.

Regions

The three most significant wine-producing areas of Argentina are Mendoza, San Juan, and Rioja. The most significant wines exported from Argentina are the reds from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in Mendoza, where 75% of the country's wines are produced. Aromatic white wines from the Torrontes grape variety also provide interest.

Malbec, which produces distinctive world-class wines, is the great trump card. Although very different to the Malbec you would find in France, the image of Argentina's winemaking is associated with this variety. Tempranillo, Barbera, Syrah, along with different styles of Bonarda and Sangiovese, can also provide some excellent wines.


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