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Argentina is a country of delicious food, rich culture, and fascinating people. It's also home to some of the best New World wines.

The most popular Argentinian wine may be Malbec, but there are dozens of different grapes —everything from Chardonnay to Pinot Grigio to Merlot to Pinot Noir—produced in and exported from Argentina. If you're looking for quality wines, you'd do well to consider the wines of Argentina.

Below, we're going to take a look at everything you need to know about Argentinian wine: the Argentina wine regions,

the Argentinian wine types, the history of wine in Argentina, and so much more.

By the end, you'll see that Argentina is one of the best New World wine countries to consider when looking for a good quality and good value wine.

Argentina is currently the world's 5th largest producer of wine. Although it is classed as a part of the 'New World', wine has been produced in Argentina for around 500 years.

The Spanish first brought wine cuttings to Argentina in 1556, in the Mendoza and San Juan regions. The first grape to be grown in Argentina was an ancestor of the California Mission grape (known as Pais in Chile). For over 300 years, this grape was produced in vast quantities and used in the majority of Argentinian wine.

By the 1900s, the Argentine wine industry had expanded vastly. In 1920, Argentina was the 8th richest country in the world, and a large part of their wealth derived from the wine industry. However, the Great Depression hit Argentina hard, leading to a significant decline in the industry.

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Though there was a brief revival in the 1960s and 70s, it wasn't until the 1990s that Argentina began to export enough wine for the industry to recover. Before the year 2000, Argentina exported more than 12.5 million litres of wine per year. Most of the wine was exported to either the UK or the U.S., and thus Argentina's wine industry was reborn.

While Argentina is known for many different wines—including Bonarda, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon—it's most famous for its production of Malbec. Though Malbec may have originated in Southern France, the most popular Malbecs now come from Argentina.

The wine is famous for its deep colour, intense fruit flavours, and velvet-like texture. More than 50,000 acres of wine-growing land in Argentina are dedicated to Malbec, and the wine is one of the most popular exports.

In fact, a significant portion of the Argentine wine-growing and exporting industry revolves around the demand for Malbec in the U.S. and Europe.


  • Mendoza spans roughly 360,000 acres, and is Argentina's leading wine-producing region. Until recently, Cereza and Criolla Grande grapes dominated Mendoza, but in the last decade or so Malbec has become the more popular choice. The high-altitude regions of Uco Valley, which includes the excellent Tupungato subregion, and Luján de Cuyo (both located in the Andes mountains) produce Argentina's highest-rated Malbecs.

  • The region is located on the western edge of Argentina, bordering Chile. Despite the size of the province, most of the wine-growing land is located to the south of Mendoza City.

  • The altitude of this region (800 to 1200 meters above sea level) plays an important part in its terroir. Warm, sunny days and cooler nights mean the grapes ripen more slowly, lengthening the growing season and imparting the grapes with ripe, rich flavours whilst maintaining acidity.

  • Syrah, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay grapes grow well in this region.

  • The San Juan region is more than 116,000 acres of land dedicated to growing Syrah, Bonarda, and Douce noir grapes. This region is famous for its history of producing brandies, vermouths, and sherry-style wines. The Cereza grape that flourishes in this region is often used as table grapes or for raisins.

  • Syrah and Malbec are grown in the greatest quantities in this region, thanks to its semi-desert climate. The Jachal and San Juan Rivers bring water to the region, as well as the meltwater flowing down from the Andes Mountains.

  • The vineyards of San Juan are located at a high altitude—anywhere between 600 and 1200 meters above sea level.


  • The 20,000 acres of wine-growing land in La Rioja is actually some of the oldest in the country. The first Spanish missionaries to Argentina planted in this region, particularly the Torrontes and Moscatel de Alexandrias grapes.

  • The Andes cast a rain shadow over La Rioja, restricting the flow of water to the region. This has led to a scattered distribution of the vineyards. The Famatina Valley, located in the Sierra de Velasco and Sierra de Famatina mountains, is the prime production area.

  • The high altitude of the region plays a role in the region's terroir, as does the latitude (29 S). This wine region is closer to the equator than most others, but the high altitude leads to overnight ripening, a longer growing season, and balance of acidity and ripeness in the fruit.


  • Northern Argentina is home to Catamarca and Salta, two of the country's most popular wine-producing regions. In Catamarca, there are 5,800 acres dedicated to growing grapes, and the Salta region covers a similar amount of land. Both of these regions grow Torrontes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat grapes.

  • Catamarca is a large province, but only a small amount can be planted to vine. The low latitude and high altitude of the region gets more intense sunlight, with evenings cooled by the mountain air. The longer ripening period allows the grapes to retain their acidity while still developing rich character.

  • Salta is a much more extreme region, with the low latitude and the high altitude of the vineyard sites creating a unique, excellent climate for growing grapes. The wines produced in this region are bright, with intense flavours, good acidity, and phenolic ripeness. The alluvial soil of Salta is similar to Mendoza, which explains the good production of Chardonnay and Torrontes.

  • Both Rio Negro and Neuquen are included in the picturesque Patagonia wine region, which spans close to 10,000 acres in the south of the country. This region is famous for its cool-climate grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon, Torrentes Riojano, and Malbec. A significant portion of the grapes used for Argentinian sparkling wine come from this region.

  • The altitude is much lower than the rest of the Argentinian wine-growing regions, and vines can only grow near the rivers. The warm days and cooler nights make the growing season longer, slowing the ripening of the grapes. This encourages the development of rich varietal character, but preserves the acidity.

  • The "La Zonda" winds coming off the Andes Mountains bring warmth to the vineyards in Patagonia, stressing the vines and leading to the growth of smaller, thicker-skinned berries. This increases the acid and tannin concentration of the grapes, giving a slightly 'Old World' style to the wines.



Rich and concentrated, this wine offers aromas of black fruit, cherry and dark berry fruit on the nose followed on the palate by a full-bodied wine with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper and a slight floral character. The finish is elegant and lengthy. Pair this wine with rodizio, Lyonnaise sauces, grilled steaks, and barbecued ribs. Blend: 89% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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