Located in the southern tip of the American continent, Argentina is a beautiful country and also the fifth largest wine producer in the world. The mineral richness of its soil and climate favor the production of different types of vines.
Today, Argentina has over 200,000 hectares cultivated with vineyards to date, that is 2.7% of all the vineyards in the world.
Initially the development of Argentina’s wine industry was slow. Since 1853, thanks in part to the arrival of European immigrants, occurred a major transformation: these immigrants brought knowledge of new cultivation techniques, noble strains and wine elaboration processes.
The main wine regions of Argentina are:
- Region of Salta and Catamarca. This region lies between 22 and 29 degrees south latitude, comprises Cachalquies Valley, west of Salta and north of Catamarca (where Chardonnay, Chenin and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown), the valleys of the province of Catamarca (where the landscape is mountainous and the climate depends on altitude, white and rosé varieties are grown).
- Rioja region. Made up of small valleys west of the province, between the mountains of the Sierra de Velasco and Famatina, Chilecito and Aminga, is where good red wines are grown. It has alluvial type soils that can produce both white and rosé varieties, like Rioja Torrontés, Muscat of Alexandria and Torrontés Sanjuanino. The wines of this area are intense, fruity and with sweet tannins.
- Region of San Juan. Viticulture is developed mainly in the Valley of Tulum and less in the valleys of Onda and Ullum. This region is the main producer of table grapes in the country, with a cultivated area of 60,000 hectares. It has a stable climate and low rainfall, and its varieties are predominantly rosé and white. The most popular variety of the area is the Cereza (rosé grape), in addition to Muscat of Alexandria, Pedro Giménez and the Rioja Torrontés.
- Mendoza region. It is called ?The land of good sun and good wine?. Among the red varieties in the region there are Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. It is divided into 4 areas: Norte Mendocino (producer of white wines such as Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Torrontés); High Zone of the Mendoza River (producer of red varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Boyarda and white varieties such as Viognier, Chardonnay and Merlot); East Mendocino area (producers of Tempranillo and Syrah); Valle de Uco (producers of red varieties such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon).
- Southern Argentina Region. It is located in the town of Epuyén in the province of Chubut. This region is an excellent producer of white wines, but it is also recognized worldwide for its early ripening Merlot and its Pinot Noir.
In all these regions, as well as in Patagonia, there are born great wines which compete among the greatest wines in the international market. And, of course, all of them are wines to try and… enjoy!
Puro is the maker of this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec Cabernet 2013, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2013 vintage and 14º of volume of alcohol.
Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2003 is a red wine with Alto Valle del Río Negro DO from Humberto Canale cellar with pinot Noir of 2003 and 14.5º of alcohol.
Michel Torino is the maker of this Michel Torino Don David Malbec 2012, a red wine from Valle de Cafayate with malbec of 2012 and 13.75º of alcohol content.