When you think about Argentina, like most people, you will probably think about the country’s classic dish: a perfectly grilled steak. However – and recently, Argentinean wines have been rising in popularity, catching up to the high-praised Chilean wines.
When you think geographically, Argentina’s climate does indeed have the perfect conditions to produce the best wines in the world. Its high mountains and endless plains allow the country to grow the best grapes, from the snowy peaks in Patagonia in the south of the country to the steppes in the north. From the west to the east, the great vegetation and natural richness of the ecosystem also creates a perfect condition for developing highly productive grape growing acres.
With more than 540,000 cultivated acres, you will find the most tasty grapes that are being used to produce the world’s classic wines, such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda and Malbec. The latter group, taking over more than 30% of the vineyard areas in Argentina, are known to the best selling wines in the world.
Apart from having some best selling wines, and being the second biggest country in Latin America, Argentina is also the only one in the world that produces the Torrontés fruity white wine. Various wineries together dedicate around 28,000 acres in total to produce the grapes for this wine, which is outstanding production from a vineyard.
There are 3 big wine regions in Argentina: Patagonia in the southwest, North in the northwest and Cuyo, above Mendoza.
Among them, Mendoza has the largest wine loving community, full of vineyards across the entire city. Mendoza vineyards are definitely worth visiting in order to get an exclusive firsthand look at how some of the best wines in Argentina are produced, to taste some of these wines, and also, to get insights about the production process. Mendoza is one of the best places in the world to taste wine and enjoy good food from all types of wineries. Visiting Mendoza won’t just be about a guided tour but a much more complex experience that stretches your mind about the entire process and power of wine making. In Luján de Cuyo you can meet Carmelo Patti, often called the most passionate wine maker in Mendoza, who will let you try Cabernet Sauvignon straight from the barrel. The Salentein Winery in the Uco Valley will also blow your mind – with its impressive architecture and art gallery.
If you’re looking for a lovely day out at a vineyard, check out this great selection of vineyard experiences here.
If you’re in Uco Valley, you should also discover The Vines of Mendoza, and don’t miss the unique possibility of a barrel taste and opportunity to even blend your own wines. There’s also a Vines Resort & Spa in the area to learn more about wine making and enjoy the view of the Andes Mountains while relaxing with a bottle of “Recuerdo” – accompanied by some cheese.
These are just a few of the amazing ways to experience the Argentinean Wine Culture.
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