This group replaced the Jesuits ‘criollo wines’ with noble varietals, like merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Consumption was only domestic for many years until, like magic, the Argentinean wine trade took off in the early 2000’s, due mainly to the economic crash.
The truth is, many winemakers are making expressive wines and blends focusing on the bonardo, tempranillo, syrah, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grapes.
You can’t talk about the wines of Argentina without noting that the price-to-quality ratio is amazingly low for the consumer.
Prices plummeted as quality improved. Argentina was a key player on the world stage, after nearly 500 years of heartaches.
For those of us who love viticulture and trips abroad, Argentina’s Mendoza region is the answer.
The town gathering place is the Plaza Independencia, where craft sellers stalls highlight silver jewelry, leather goods and gourds for the herbal drink yerba mate.
Street performers stage shows and lovers kiss on the benches.
Malbec was brought to Argentina from France, where it was used mainly as a blending grape. Mendoza is blessed with over 300 days a year of sunlight. Add hot days and cool nights to the theory and you have the perfect growing conditions for Malbec.
Malbec is planted at high altitudes, ensuring thick skin development, deep colors and rich and robust flavors.
Malbec wines are usually full-bodied, due in part to the tannins.
Tannic wines are generally paired with fattier cuts of meat, like the ones in Argentina.
In fact, growth of Argentinean wine exports to the U.S. grew 23% last year, with sales of 6.9 million cases, creating $271 million dollars in revenue.
They were in-charge of my visit and I highly recommend them and their talent for the best possible trip to understand the wines, the harvest and the wine and cultural scene in Argentina.
Nora is from Argentina and Kendra was a longtime resident.
Together, they know the country inside out.
Feel free to visit their website to learn more about the trip: www.qwwineexperts.com .
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One of life's greatest pleasure is opening a bottle of Argentine wine.
My suggestions of wineries from the three major wine regions of Argentina: Salta, Mendoza and Patagonia are:
El Porvenir de Cafeyate; San Pedro de Yaccochuya; Amalaya; Colone and Bodega dal Desierto
Familia Schroeder; Humberto Canale; Noemia; Bodega Patritti; NQN and Bodega del Fin del Mundo.
The staff from the Wines of Argentina coupled with Nora and Kendra from QW Wine Experts helped make my trip to Argentina the most memorable wine journey of my life.
With questions, contact either Soledad Juncosa, Hospitality Manager for the Wines of Argentina at: email@example.com or Sofia Brazzolotto, Hospitality Assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip S. Kampe