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Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most of the wine was made for local consumption. But in the past quarter-century, an increasing number of vintners began making very serious releases with the most widely planted red grape, Malbec. These made a big splash on the international scene, winning awards, garnering high ratings and amassing enthusiastic disciples. Torrontes is the star indigenous white grape, now on many restaurant menus for its refreshing, aromatic qualities and affordability. An increasing number of international grapes are grown, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All styles of wine are made from dry whites and reds, rosés, sparkling, late harvest sweet wines and fortified wines.
Argentina boasts an impressive number of wine-makers under the age of thirty-five, and a growing number of women innovating the field. This is a country that has learned that investing quality and precision to wine-making yields lasting results.
Besides making some ace wines, one of the many reasons fans lean toward buying Argentinian is value. A midpriced Argentinian wine (let’s say $20 - $30) is arguably often comparable in quality to a wine nearly twice that from France or parts of California, depending on the style. Vintners can often keep their costs low and offer exceptional wines at very affordable prices.
There are several microclimates within the country, and there are many different regions and subregions.
* Cuyo is the largest and most productive region, divided into three subregions, who in turn are further subdivided (it’s a bigger country than people give it credit for). This is the heart of Malbec country, also known for excellent examples of the Italian grape Bonarda, plus many more. Mendoza, in the west near the Andes, is considered the top subregion, which divides into Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu, San Rafael and the Uco Valley, among others. San Juan is home to the Tulum, Pedernal and Zonda Valleys. La Rioja is the smallest section of the region, but still a big contender in the wine world.
* To the south lies Patgonia, which grows many cooler-climate international varietals such as Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. This is divided into the Neuquen and Rio Negro.
* Catamarca, Juju and Salta are part of the region simply referred to as the North-West. These are known for some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world, with close proximity to the equator.
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Argentina has well over 2,000 wineries in the country and continues to gain notoriety on the international wine scene. Though most known for Malbec and some big reds from Mendoza, many grape varieties do extremely well in Argentina due to its dispersed growing regions that vary greatly in climate, altitude, and soil. Keep an eye out for Torrontes out of the north, Bonarda, and some very unique red blends. There is even some quality Pinot Noir gaining momentum out of Patagonia. – Description from Live Slow
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