What grapes are grown in Argentina?

Grape Varietals

  • Malbec. Certainly the most famous of the Argentinean grape varietals, the Malbec grape was thought to have started its life in the southern wine regions of France.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Merlot.
  • Cabernet Franc.
  • Pinot noir.
  • Torrontes.

What is the main grape variety in Argentina?

Argentina’s Red Grape Varietals Argentina is best known for its Malbec, and certainly Malbec is the most widely planted grape there. It accounts for around 38 percent of red varieties produced and approximately 21 percent of all wine varieties.

What is the most famous red grape variety grown in Argentina?

The leading grape in Argentina in terms of reputation and quantity is Malbec, a Bordeaux variety imported to Argentina from France in the mid 19th century. Other red varieties produced in Argentina include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda (known as Charbono in its native Italy), Syrah, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir.

What grape is used to make Argentina best wines?

There are many different varieties of grapes cultivated in Argentina, reflecting the country’s many immigrant groups. The French brought Malbec, which makes most of Argentina’s best known wines.

What is the most planted white grape in Argentina?

Torrontés is the most planted white grape in the country (over 8,000 hectares), and old vineyards of the variety are found in Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja.

What is the most produced grape in Argentina?

The most important grape in Argentina is Malbec and it has doubled its acreage in the last 15 years. It has now 18% of the vine surface in the country. Syrah has also increased its acreage substantially.

What is the second most widely planted red grape variety in Argentina?

Bonarda/Douce noir
In Argentina, the 18,759 hectares (46,354 acres) of Bonarda/Douce noir makes it is the second most widely planted red grape variety in the country after Malbec and representing 8% of the country’s total vineyard plantings.

Are malbecs only from Argentina?

Malbec is synonymous with Argentina. In fact, before Argentina started growing it in the 18th century, Malbec was considered a low-quality grape that was only suitable for blending. Today the Malbec grape takes up three-quarters of Argentina’s vineyards and is considered their most important grape.

What grape was carménère originally confused for in Chile?

Far from being extinct, in recent years the Carménère grape has been discovered to be thriving in several areas outside France. In Chile, growers inadvertently preserved the grape variety during the last 150 years because it was mistaken for Merlot.

Where are the best malbecs from?

With the cold weather creeping in, our next in the “Best” series offers some real winter warmers. The fashionable Malbec is an inky black variety originally from Cahors in Southwestern France but it’s arguably found its spiritual home in Argentina, which has elevated the grape to whole new heights.

What kind of grapes do they grow in Argentina?

While white grapes are grown – Torrontes and Chardonnay in particular – Argentina is, predominantly, a red wine-producing nation. The hot, dry climate is simply better suited to red grapes (although this may not be the case in the future, as growers look increasingly further south for good grape-growing land).

How long does it take to pick grapes in Argentina?

Once the harvest starts, though, all grapes need to be in within 6 to 8 weeks, usually starting with the white varieties if present. As a very rough guide, some indication of relative position in the harvest is given in each grape’s profile.

What kind of grape do they grow in Mendoza?

It is a difficult grape to which the climate and conditions around Mendoza are arguably ideally suited. It is also a grape which no other country in the world cultivates to anything like the same degree – and certainly not for production of single grape varietal wines.