Argentina and its wines
- Argentina is the world’s fifth largest producer of wine.
- Eighty percent of Argentina’s wine comes from Mendoza, South America’s largest wine producing region. (Yesterday, I wrote about the Grove Street Malbec. This is where the wine got its origin.)
- Spanish missionaries planted the first Vitis vinifera wine grapes in Argentina around 1550.
- Grapevines were shipped across the Atlantic by Michel A. Pouget, a French agronomist.
- Argentina boasts having the finest Malbec vines in the world, because they’ve not ever had phyloxxera, nor have they been grafted like elsewhere in the world, including France – Think Bordeaux.
- More Malbec is grown in Argentina than anywhere else in the world.
- The small town of Maipú, near Mendoza, is so packed with wineries that it’s easy to hit five or six in a day.
- I never want to visit more than three in a day, because I will learn more about those three and have more intimate memories.
- Argentina’s Torrontés is a naturally occurring cross between Criolla negra and Muscat of Alexandria.
- Cabernet Franc is flourishing in Argentina as a cultivar.
- The Grape Harvest Festival in Argentina is world class, according to the Travel Channel.
- So it must be great… being right up there with Boston’s Wine Festival.
- I would have picked the Santa Fe Chile and Wine Festival, personally, having been numerous times to all US wine festivals within the Continental US, but that’s another story.