Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, you’re probably familiar with some of the European wine regions, such as France and Italy, which have long been some of largest wine producers in the world. However, South America is quietly growing and has positioned itself as one of the leading wine producing regions. Argentina is one of the South American countries that’s leading the way, as it’s the fifth largest wine producer in the world. However, it has often been overshadowed simply because it hasn’t exported the same amount of wine as many of the leading wine producing countries.
Since Argentina is now exporting more wine, you may have seen some of it in stores and restaurants. The country produces a wide variety of grapes, with much influence from Europe. One of Argentina’s most notable wines is Malbec, which has its roots in France. Malbec is a purple grape used in the production of red wine. Argentinian Malbec wine is noted for its fruity flavor. Another unique Argentinian wine is Torrontés, which is a white wine with a rich aroma. Some of the more familiar wines you’ll find in Argentina include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
While you can find vineyards throughout most of Argentina, the highest quantity of wine is in western Argentina, especially northwestern Argentina. When planning a wine tour or tasting, we highly recommend visiting these areas for the best experience. The leading wine producing region is Mendoza, which is located in western Argentina. While it has featured several different types of wines, Malbec is currently the most dominant wine produced in Mendoza.
Image above taken from WinesOfArgentina.org.
There are several different regions that offer wine tours in Argentina, including San Juan, La Rioja, and Patagonia. If you want a tour that’s mixed with adventure, then you may head south to Patagonia, which offers multiple different wines, including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Torrontés, and Chardonnay. However, for the best Argentine experience, we recommend spending time in Mendoza.
Many of Argentina’s best wine festivals take place in Mendoza. With so many vineyards, wine cellars, and wine makers, you’ll have no problem finding your fair share of wine, whether it’s a half-day, day, or weekend trip. Tours can vary significantly depending on your interests, with offerings that include vineyard tours, wine tastings, and meeting winemakers. Tours can also be customized and feature opportunities like cooking classes, where guests learn how to make authentic Argentine cuisine.
Does a group wine tasting trip to Argentina sound like something you’d love to do?