Argentinian vineyards are at some of the highest altitudes in the world. Due to the arid mountain air and low humidity, the vineyards rarely face pests, molds or other grape disease. This extraordinary climate, combined with an abundance of fresh water from the melting Andes Mountains and irrigation in the vineyard create the optimal growing conditions. This makes Argentina an advantageous place to grow quality grapes. Although there are world class wines that come out of Argentina, it is known more for its quantity of wines than its quality. Argentina is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world.
Native to Argentina is the aromatic white grape Torrentes however it is the French Bordeaux varietal Malbec that has become the international star. Malbec produces a fruity forward intensely flavoured wine that is an enjoyable by itself as it is with a great meal.
Malbec, Torrentes, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Continental - Warm days and cool nights provide a long, slow ripening period
Mendoza, Patagonia, San Juan, Salta
The highest vineyards in the world are in Salta sitting at over 2,000 metres above sea level.