When you think of Argentine wine, you most likely think of Malbec, and for good reason. Though Malbec is grown in at least 7 different countries, Argentina is the clear leader in production – accounting for over 75% of Malbec acres grown. The grape originated in France but found its way to Mendoza, Argentina in the mid-1800s where it has thrived ever since. This is mainly due to Argentina’s broad temperature ranges and clay soil along the Andes mountain range.
Malbec has a wonderful blackberry, plum, and black cherry fruit flavor with a peppery, sweet tobacco finish. It pairs nicely with red meats, hard cheeses, and earthier flavors such as grilled meats and mushrooms. It has grown in popularity over the past several years and even has its own holiday, the Malbec World Day, that occurs every April and is celebrated around the globe. If Malbec is one of your favorites, you might want to look up a local event in your area and join in the fun.
Or better yet, visit the source of this delicious wine on our Chile and Argentina wine tour. Since most of Argentina’s wine regions are located just off of the Andes, you’re treated to beautiful and breathtaking mountain views while enjoying the country’s most renowned varietal. For more information about our Taste Vacations wine tour, visit the Chile and Argentina wine tour page.