0. Argentina didn’t start out in the wine game on the best leg they have been however creating better wines. Far superior to it’s regular rustic wine (a result of poor winemaking). Today there is plenty of investment and varieties that are made almost exclusively for export.
1. Argentinians have a great thirst and consume most of the wine they produce. They are the 5th largest wine producers but most of the wine doesn’t leave the county. They know how to indulge!
2. Their claim to fame is the Malbec, a red wine that is far more delicious when made in Argentina than in its native Bordeaux.
3. The regions Argentina’s wine regions are in the west central part of the country. scattered across the foothills of the Andes at elevations ranging up to 4,900 feet above sea level, making these some of the highest-altitude wine regions in the world.
Argentina has 4 main wine regions:
4. Mendoza described as the pulse of Argentina is the most important region. The region is east of Buenos Aires upon the foothills of the Andes . 70% of all Argentinian wine is made in Mendoza.
5. San Juan: farther north than Mendoza is considerably hotter. Because of the heat most of the grapes planted are lower quality and are used as grape concentrate in brandy.
6. La Rioja , not to be confused with Rioja in Spain, is Argentina’s oldest wine -producing region. It specializes in white wines made from the torrentes grape
7. smaller districts such as Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca. Salta is said to be most important specializing in wines made from Torrentes as well as cabernet sauvignon.
8. Rio Negro, in southern Patagonia, farthest south it’s the coolest of the country’s wine region.
9. The grapes Argentina plants more than 20 grape varieties. Most are used to make inexpensive jug blends. Argentina Stars are the Malbec and Torrentes.
Malbec the most famous grape. Argentina do it better? Yes. Not sure why but Malbec from Mendoza have a grip, structure and density rarely found in wines made from Malbec in Bordeaux. Among white grapes the most fascinating is Torrontés a grape grown almost no where else in the world. Torrentes makes flowery aromatic wines reminiscent of Gewürztraminer , only lighter.
10. Other great grapes. White: Chardonnay, Chenin Blnc, Criola, Moscatel de Alejandria, Torrontés Reds: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
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