I was able to explore the Argentine wine country with the Wines of Argentina campaign, who have built a wonderful immersive online experience (see more on my Instagram!) of a wine tasting bar that can then transport you to the mountains and valleys of Cuyo or the wooded mountainsides of Patagonia. This not only helped increase my understanding of the taste, smell, and artistry behind each bottle of wine, but really gave me an immense appreciation for the special nature and climate conditions that help create them.
In addition to the traditional, aromatic light-bodied varietals from Argentina (like Malbec) that you already know and love, the country’s winemakers now offer a wider range of wines with a focus on freshness, complexity, and sustainability. The warmer climate is also perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and other local grape varieties.
Here are some more of my new Argentine red wine favorites:
- La Madrid (approximately $23) – a Cabernet Franc from Agrelo, sustainable/minimal intervention
- Luigi Bosca ($23) – fourth generation producer, Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza
- Tapiz Black Tears (approximately $50) – 100% Malbec, aged 18 months in the Uco Valley
- Colomé ($23) – Estate Malbec (producing wine since 1831) at high altitude with sustainable practices (plus a gift hint: you can get this bottle personalized)
This was new to me so, I thought I would share: higher altitudes offer much more sun and less UV protection, thus producing thicker skinned grapes (this makes a lot of sense!). This, in turn, translates to a more robust taste with a fresh burst of acidity. In fact, most Argentine vineyards sit at 4500 feet above sea level or even higher.
I have been really enjoying expanding my wine horizons – quite literally! – with more wines from Italy, North and South America and not just my usual French favorites. Excited to hear what you know about Wines from Argentina!