For those planning the dream vineyard tour, Argentina is at the top of the destination list. Argentina is home to some of the world’s best views, as well as some of the world’s best wines. Although more commonly known for their smooth, lush Malbecs, Argentina also has a vast array of phenomenal options, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet, as well as their own Torrentés and Bonarda.
Here are some of the many reasons why Argentina is the ultimate destination for wine lovers.
Grapes From The Clouds
Argentina is home to spectacular vineyards at very high elevations. Most vineyards are near 5,000 ft. above sea level and Argentina even lays claim to the world’s highest commercial vineyard at a staggering 9,800 ft above sea level.
Whether your wine of choice is a Malbec, Cabernet, or Pinot Noir, Argentina has a vast array of notable and affordable wines. There are many delectable options for under $20.
Many vineyards are using innovative methods to enhance their creations. Families are cataloging the various microclimates that exist across Argentina in order to better utilize the climate and soil types.
These varying micro regions, as well as differences in elevation allow for the creation of some very unique and complex wines.
Innovations in irrigation allow for Cabernets to thrive in the warmer climate. Argentine Cabernets are spicy and juicy and some.offer smoky notes of chocolate.
France may have created the Malbec, but Argentina has worked it’s way into becoming the home of some of the world’s finest Malbecs. In last year’s Master Malbec Series, Argentine Malbecs took home more than two-thirds of all awards!
Argentina Malbecs are coveted for their smooth, rich flavors. Sweet and dense, also typically have strong notes of black fruit.
Torrentés That Tempt
Argentina also offers a unique experience with the indigenous Torrentés variety. These are smooth, floral whites that are perfect to pair with chicken, fish, and anything spicy. This refreshing, exotic wine is a unique opportunity not to be missed.
Before Malbec, The Bonarda
Argentina wasn’t always known for producing great Malbecs. The Bonarda is one of the first real staples, and this fruity variety can still be found on nearly every tabletop today.
Cherry, plum, and even hints of fig and strawberry can be found in bottles of Bonarda. Light bodied, and full of fruit notes, the Bonarda is a great, earthy choice.
The southern region of Argentina is the home of glaciers. With nearly 50 glaciers, Los Glaciares National Park offers spectacular views of frigid streams, dense pine forests and of course, glaciers!
The Pinot Noirs found near this region are complex with notes of black cherry and spice. Moreover, the cooler weather of the area lends itself to the growth of many international varieties. Notable Semillon, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer can be found here.