The wine-growing region of Argentina is the largest in South America and the seventh largest in the world behind Italy, France, Spain, USA, China and has developed into a globally recognized and successful wine nation.
Probably the best known wine regions today are Mendoza and La Rioja in the greater Cuyo region, which produce many Argentine red wines. Malbec wines are probably the protagonists in Argentina in the context of red wine,
The Cafayate region in Salta province, on the other hand, is known for Argentine white wines. This aromatic white wine grape Torrontés can hardly be found anywhere else. But also the well-known overseas classics Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are excellent white wines.
The wines from Argentina are a real pleasure!
Most important grape varieties (WHITE)
Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
Main grape varieties (RED)
Torrontes, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
Most important regions
Mendoza — Midwest, in the Andes bordering Chile. About 70% of Argentine wine is produced here.
San Juan — Bordering Mendoza to the north.
La Rioja — North bordering San Juan
Rio Negro — In the north of Patagonia
Catamarca — North bordering San Juan
Salta — In NW Argentina. In the department of Cafayate, 70% of the wine production is concentrated. The vineyards are the highest commercial vineyards in the world, with altitudes ranging from 1,500 m to 2,400 m above sea level.
Exports slump significantly. China and Canada are down 15% — in value terms, exports remain stable. The main markets, the USA and the UK, are still on the up.