Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Did You Know?... About Argentinian Wine

Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Vineyards flourish in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, with Malbec being the most renowned varietal produced in the country. For white wines, the most well regarded is the Torrontes grape. There are a large number of wine producing regions within Argentina, but the largest is Mendoza, followed by San Juan and La Rioja.

Due to the elevation of most of Argentina's vineyards, the phylloxera infestation that destroyed the vitus vinefera vines throughout the rest of the world hasn't found a foothold here. Along with Chile, which also has vineyards in high altitudes, Argentina is one of the few places that non-hybridized grapes can still be found.

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