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Argentinian Wine

Argentina is one of the most important wine-producing countries in the New World, and the largest producer of wine in South America. The high-altitude deserts of the eastern Andes have given rise to a high-quality wine industry and the terroir here is well suited to Argentina's adopted grape variety, the ubiquitous Malbec. Originally from Bordeaux, this is now responsible for some of Argentina's most famous wines, which are characteristically bright and intense, with floral notes and flavors of dark fruit.

Covering just over one million square miles (2.8 million sq km), Argentina is the second-largest country in South America and stretches from the southern border of Bolivia in the north to the southern tip of the continent. It is home to a vast array of landscapes, from the rocky peaks of the Andes in the west to the fertile Pampas lowlands in the east.

Mountains and vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina

Most viticulture in Argentina takes place in the foothills of the Andes, and most famously in Mendoza, where desert landscapes and high altitudes combine to make a terroir that gives rise to aromatic, intensely flavored red wines. Vineyards in Mendoza reach as high as 5000ft (1500m) above sea level. Here, increased levels of solar radiation and a high diurnal temperature variation make for a long, slow ripening period, leading to balanced sugars and acidity in the grapes.

Nearly three-quarters of Argentinean wine production takes place in Mendoza, and in addition to Malbec, there are significant plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Bonarda. Mendoza's position in the rain shadow of the Andes means that there is little rainfall, and irrigation is supplied by Andean meltwater.

Further north, the regions of Salta and Catamarca are even higher, and a world-topping vineyard owned by Bodega Colome in Molinos sits at 9900ft (3000m), higher than the peak of Mount St. Helens in the Pacific Northwest of America. Low latitudes in this corner of Argentina – which at 22°N to 28°N is considerably closer to the Equator than any European wine region – are tempered by the high altitude and cold mountain air. Here, Argentina's signature white grape, Torrontes, is grown, making an aromatic, floral white wine.

There are also some wine-producing regions in Argentina closer to the Atlantic coast than to the lofty peaks of the Andes. Patagonia in the south is now home to two regions, Rio Negro and Neuquen, the cooler conditions of which are suited to creating wines made from Pinot Noir.

Argentina has a long viticultural tradition, and wines have been made here since the 1500s, initially by Spanish missionaries and later Italian settlers. Until very recently, Argentinean wines were exclusively domestic, based mostly on the high-yielding Criolla Grande and Cereza grape varieties. Over the past 20 years, however, the country's wine producers have raised quality levels and successfully consolidated an international export market. Argentina has risen to become the fifth-most-prominent wine-producing country in the world, following France, Italy, Spain and the USA.

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Here are some wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Catena Zapata 'Catena' Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $18 267
Catena Zapata 'Nicolas Catena Zapata', Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon - Malbec $105 466
J. Opi a.k.a Rodolfo Sadler Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $11 574
Trapiche Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $6 608
Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $79 687
Casa Bianchi New Age White, Mendoza, Argentina Rare White Blend $10 772
Luigi Bosca Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Malbec $18 814
Michel Rolland Clos de los Siete, Vista Flores, Argentina Rare Red Blend $18 925
Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Malbec $15 959
Catena 'Alamos' Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $10 977
Dona Paula Estate Malbec, Ugarteche, Argentina Malbec $13 1081
Bodega Norton Privada Red, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $22 1123
Renacer Punto Final Reserva Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $18 1161
Bodegas Caro 'Amancaya' Gran Reserva Malbec - Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon - Malbec $18 1163
Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta Malbec', Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $47 1237
San Pedro de Yacochuya Malbec, Cafayate, Argentina Malbec $62 1276
Trivento Reserve Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Malbec $10 1338
Catena Zapata 'Angelica Zapata Malbec Alta', Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $91 1349
Andean Vineyards 'Alma Andina' Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $15 1391
Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $10 1433
Vina Cobos 'Cobos' Malbec, Perdriel, Argentina Malbec $171 1436
Graffigna Clasico Malbec, Tulum Valley, Argentina Malbec $10 1514
Bodegas Caro 'Caro' Cosecha, Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon - Malbec $52 1572
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira La Consulta Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina Malbec $110 1588
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $13 1591
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