Argentina

Argentina


Although Argentina is considered to be a part of the New World, winegrowing has taken place here since the sixteenth century. The European colonialists that planted the first vineyards were predominantly from Spain and France, which is the reason that Argentine viticulture is rooted deep in European tradition - without shying away from modern insights, by the way. The grape stock is definitely European: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec give away the French heritage, Tempranillo (could it be anything else, really?) the Spanish and Bonarda the Italian.

A white grape with the name of Torrontès is a local speciality and gives a wine that seems to be roughly between Gewurztraminer and Muscat, with its grapey/spicy character. It is probably related to the Malvasia grape family and has reached Argentina by way of the Atlantic island of Madeira.

Malbec can also be called a speciality: there are few places in the world where the grape is bottled as a monovarietal, and in its homeland Bordeaux it is always used as a - very minor - part of the blend (one exception: Château Roland la Garde). But in the Argentine vineyards it gives a rich, dark and powerful wine, worthy of discovery.

Argentina is situated on the east side of the mighty Andes mountains. Viticulture takes place on the foothills of these mountains, on a relatively high altitude (between 300 and 1.700 meters). The interior of Argentina is simply too warm and dry for viticulture. Irrigation is an absolute necessity for the production of quality wines, and the Andes provides enough water to irrigate the vineyards. Argentina is the largest producer of wine in South-America, and is even the number five world wide, when it comes to volume. The largest part is for local consumption, however, and not intended for export.

Export does become more and more important, increasing annually. In the year 2003 30.000 hectoliter was imported in the Netherlands, in 2010 the number has risen to almost 140.000 hectoliter.

The most important wine producing region is Mendoza, where two thirds of all the wine is being produced. Other important regions are Tupungato, Salta, Patagonia and Cafayate.

Export has long been an oversight - the Argentineans consumed the largest part of the production themselves. But the tide has turned and annual consumption per capita fell from 90 liters to 32 in ten years time. That made export necessary and in ten years time it inclined with a hefty 400%. To indicate how low export was: still only 13% of the total production is being exported.

 


  • Trapiche Melodias Sauvignon Blanc
    Trapiche Melodias Sauvignon Blanc
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Melodias Chardonnay
    Trapiche Melodias Chardonnay
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Melodias Malbec
    Trapiche Melodias Malbec
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 100% Malbec Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Melodias Cabernet Sauvignon
    Trapiche Melodias Cabernet Sauvignon
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Mendoza Read more
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    Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay
    Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Chardonnay Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec
    Trapiche Broquel Malbec
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Malbec Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Falling Star Merlot/Malbec
    Trapiche Falling Star Merlot/Malbec
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 50% Malbec Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Falling Star Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
    Trapiche Falling Star Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Brut
    Trapiche Brut
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Chardonnay 70%, Semillon 20%, Malbec 10% Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Falling Star Rosé
    Trapiche Falling Star Rosé
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Broquel Torrontes
    Trapiche Broquel Torrontes
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: 95% Torrontés, 5% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir
    Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Pinot Noir Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Single Vineyard Finca Orellana de Escobar
    Single Vineyard Finca Orellana de Escobar
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: Malbec Region: Mendoza Read more
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    Trapiche Pure Malbec
    Producer: Trapiche, Bodegas Grape variety: - Region: Mendoza Read more
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    Norcelo Chardonnay
    Producer: Fincas Don Martino Grape variety: - Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Norcelo Malbec
    Norcelo Malbec
    Producer: Fincas Don Martino Grape variety: - Region: Mendoza Read more
  • Martino Chardonnay
    Martino Chardonnay
    Producer: Fincas Don Martino Grape variety: - Region: Mendoza Read more
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