Course 73-Wines of Argentina

Great things are happening in Argentina’s wine industry.  A growing number of wineries have changed their philosophy and now concentrate on producing higher quality wines rather than manufacturing large quantities.

Until recently, Argentina was more interested in producing inexpensive wine bulk wines.  Now its winemakers are beginning to understand the worldwide demand for quality wines.  Today a new higher style of Argentinean wine is emerging.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, the economic crisis in Argentina prevented winemakers from producing great wines.  Any wine region must have capital to produce great wine.  In fact, Agentina’s wine industry is now booming because more investment has been poured into it in the last ten years than in the previous fifty!

From California, Jess Jackson (Kendall- Jackson); from Bordeaux, the Lurton family and also the owners of Chateau Cheval Blanc, and the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).  Even wineries from Chile such as Concha y Toro and Santa Rita, are investing their money in Argentina.

The best wines from Argentina are red.  The major region is Mendoza, which produces 75% of all the wines coming from Argentina.  Of the 500,000 acres of vineyards 350,000 acres are in Mendoza.  Malbec is the best-quality grape planted in Mendoza.  Other red grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Argentina also is producing world class Chardonnay.



  1. Melanie Armstrong September 24, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Would like to attend the wine tasteing events in the very near future.I am interested in becoming a wine connoisseur.

  2. Malaika Ward December 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I am tasting a Malbec now. 2010 Cupcake Vineyards has plum and rasberry notes. I paired it with pasta with a red sauce. Normally, I would pair it with a chianti, but I wanted to try something new. I really like this wine. Can you suggest other Malbecs?

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