Mention Argentina to the average wine drinker and Malbec is the variety that everyone knows. Argentina’s vignerons have managed the neat trick of taking this relatively obscure French variety and, in their high altitude, sun-blessed vineyards, creating a new world-class style of wine.
Terroir is a French word used to designate a determined geographical extension with genuine geological and climate conditions that have an influence on the wines growing in it. Some terroirs known worldwide are the ones in Bordeaux in France, Tuscany in Italy, Ribera del Duero in Spain or the Napa Valley in California. The importance of identifying the terroir lays on the possibility to improve the quality of the vineyards and the resulting wines and on the possibility of promoting the wine produced in that terroir more successfully. During the production process, many terroir-associated factors have an influence on wine. Some of the most important factors are the terroir’s altitude and latitude, temperature, the degree of humidity, wind intensity, rain, soil composition, drainage and the age of the vineyard. In Argentina, as in other wine regions in America, there exists an increasing interest to identify and locate geographically those terroirs. Argentina also has the particularity of hosting very different areas regarding geological and climate conditions throughout its 3,800 kilometres of length. There are different terroirs to the north of the country –in the province of Salta and at the foot of the Andes mountain range in the province of Mendoza, the main wine producing region in Argentina– and to the south in the Patagonia plains. One of the best places to grow delicious high-quality wines is the Uco Valley, where vineyards are planted between 900 and 1,400 metres high. Actually, according to the Wines of Argentina organisation, the wine production in the Uco Valley has increased more than 84% between 2002 and 2014. Here, apart from the altitude, the terroir is characterised by a dry and desert climate with hot summers and very cold winters. By means of Bodega Argento’s blog, The Real Argentina, discover the differences of Argentine terroirs and how their conditions have an influence on wines’ quality.
The New Wave of Wine from Argentina
One of the most fascinating and compelling reasons for diving into the treasure trove of New World wines lies not just in the drum-roll of longer established flagship varieties and styles, but also with the emerging stars awaiting discovery.
Foreign Matter: International Winemakers in Argentina
If a developing country’s economic health can in part be judged by the foreign investment it attracts, then by the same yardstick Argentina’s wine industry appears to be in fantastic shape. Some of the biggest names of the global wine fraternity been drawn here, and they have all come to make high quality wines.
A Taste of Terroir: Argentina’s Diverse Wines & Wine Regions
Travelling through Argentina’s vast and beguiling landscapes leaves no doubt as to the incredible variety and contrasts found in this country’s wine regions. From the dizzying heights of northerly Salta, to the wind-swept southerly climes of Patagonia, experience Argentina’s terroir.
A Look at Some of Argentina’s Most Expensive Wines
When Luigi Bosca, a top wine producer from Mendoza, made his first appearance at the London Wine Fair in 1993 people shuffled up to his stand, looking curious. “Does Argentina actually make wine!?” How times have changed…