Argentina is one of the most important wine-producing countries in the New World, and the largest producer of wine in South America; with a unique environment combining the elements of the tropical, deserts, and high altitude, it has risen to become the fifth most-prominent wine producing country in the world, following France, Italy, Spain and the USA.
The majority of Argentina’s vineyards are located at the base of the Andes Mountains, in an area with both ample sunshine and snowmelt for irrigation. High elevation vineyards, upwards of 7,500 ft, have cool night time temperatures which help to maintain acidity in the wines. Mendoza is the largest and without doubt the most important wine region; Desert landscapes and high altitudes combine to make a terroir that gives rise to aromatic, intensely flavored reds. Malbec is the flagship grape, characteristically bright and intense, with floral notes and flavors of dark fruit.
Beyond Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and, further north considerably closer to the equator than any European wine region, tempered by cold mountain air, there’s the signature aromatic white grape variety of Argentina called Torrontés; making a pungent, intensely floral, white wine all well-worth exploring.