Argentina: Malbecs and More
Malbec almost single-handedly brought Argentina to the forefront of the wine world in the late 20th century. And while Argentina's top Malbecs still reign supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.
While more than 60 percent of Argentine wine hails from the Mendoza province, don’t hesitate to try wines from other important regions such as San Juan, La Rioja, and Salta. Grape offerings reflect the country’s diverse history: French immigrants brought Malbec as well as Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot; Italians brought Bonarda and more well-known Italian grapes such as Sangiovese, Barbera, and Nebbiolo; and Spanish influence brought Tempranillo; meanwhile, Argentina’s most famous white grape, the aromatic Torrontes, is believed to have originated right in San Juan Valley. More exciting than ever without sacrificing value, Argentine wine shows no signs of cooling down.