ARGENTINA – a Wine Country:
Argentina: the ideal terroir. Covering a territory of 2,791,810 km2, Argentina is a country that enjoys an outstanding wealth of resources and landscapes, in which peaks coexist with plains, exuberant vegetation with absolute deserts, woods with steppes, and glaciers with waterfalls. There is practically no imaginable landscape that can’t be found in this country.
Key statistics include:
- 5th world’s largest wine producer
- 1.375 mill lts. produced in 2010
- 1,341 Wineries
- 7th world’s largest wine exporter: 230.667 hectoliters in 2010
- 8th world’s largest wine consumer: 8 gallons consumption per capita in 2009 (775,180.20 hectoliters in total)
- 9th in Cultivated Surface: 228,575 ha
- 2.592 million tons (70% vinified)
Argentina and Chile are the most important winemaking regions in South America. The vines of Argentina are planted mostly around the Mendoza area, with other vineyards scattered to the north. Until recently, most wines produced stayed within its borders, limiting our exposure to the many hidden treasures that this country produces.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s that wine producers began exporting their wine and boosting their quality to meet the demands of the world market. Malbec is Argentina’s trade mark red grape varietal, while Ugni Blanc and Chenin Blanc are two white grapes which are coming into fashion now. In addition, wineries are beginning to plant more well known grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to meet export demand.
The Mendoza region is the largest winemaking region in Argentina, with around 370,000 acres of vines. Malbec and Tempranillo grow very well here, as does Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.