Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world and with a growing reputation for producing some of the finest wines. Argentina now produces around five times as much wine as Chile and has become a big player in the export markets.
Argentinian wines are characterised by big bold flavours, like their most famous, rich and velvety Malbecs.
The country has seven main wine regions; Mendoza, Neuquen, Salta, Catamarca, San Juan and La Rioja. In regards to quantity and quality, Mendoza is the leader of the pack. Around 80% of Argentina’s wine is produced from here. Mendoza can produce the finest wine at high altitudes and also delivery good value wines in the vineyards lower down.
Argentina has begun to produce a variety of great white blends. These blends are white varieties from the same region or from different provinces blended together.
When it comes to white wines, the Argentina’s signature grape is Torrontés, which produces an exotic and floral tasting wine. Torrontés is cultivated in all the wine regions of the country. Its fragrant and unmistakable aroma resembles jasmine, roses and geranium, with the occasional hint of spice.
Argentina also produce the classic Chardonnay, which can be used to make a wide range of wines, and also Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
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The most highly regarded red grape in Argentina is without a doubt Malbec which comes from the Mendoza region. This is a Bordeaux variety brought to Argentina from France in the middle of the 19th century, offering aromas of ripe prunes and the occasional hint of mint, with soft, meaty and rounded flavours.
Other popular Argentinian red varieties include Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Also Cabernet Sauvignon with its strong tannins and subtle variations, depending on the particular region.
Bonardo is the second of Argentina’s most cultivated red variety. With its full body, it has a fruity raspberry aroma and a subtle aniseed taste. Tempranillo has a medium alcohol content, and its aging in American oak helps to make it a tasty and well-balanced wine, with its chocolate and vanilla notes and fruity aromas and hints of coffee and tobacco from ageing in American Oak.
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Argentinian wines have become more and more popular as their export levels have increased and you can find a wide range of Argentinian wines in the Fine Wine Company collection. We have a good collection from a range of different Argentinian wine regions, covering both their white and red wines.