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, the country is more 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 enjoyable by itself or alongside a great meal.