Argentine is not new to the production of wine, having been producing this beautiful drink for around two centuries. This started when the Spanish settlers brought “vitis vinifer” with them in the 16th century. The priests who settled in Argentina started to plant vineyards, so that they always had their sacramental wine at hand. They explained that the wines that grew here were strong and generous and that they were able to keep very well, even when transported over long distances. Because of the perfect soil conditions in the lands near the Andes, the vineyards developed incredibly rapidly, solidifying the production of Argentinian wine.
Interesting Facts about Argentinian Wine
Nowadays, Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. It is the largest on the Southern Hemisphere. Export of wine didn’t start until some 30 years ago, but it has grown from strength to strength since then.
Types of Argentinian Wine
There are various wines that can be found in Argentina, each with its own distinct fruits, acidities and flavours. A very spicy wine, for instance, has higher levels of black fruit in it. The wines with a lot of body tend to be more fragranced and are often white wines. The white wines produced in Argentina include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontes. Red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Bonarda and Sangiovese.
Wine Regions in Argentina
There are three main wine producing provinces in Argentina, being Patagonia (mainly Neuquen and Rio Negro), Cuyo (San Juan, Medoza and La Rioja) and the north (Catamarca and Salta). The best regions are on the foothills of the Andes, where the soil is of perfect condition. These regions are in very dry climates where there is little to no rainfall. The irrigation is provided from the waters that stream off the Andres Mountains, including the melting snow.