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As the fifth largest producer in the world, Argentina plays a major role in contributing to the word’s supply of wine. In South America, however, Argentina reaches an even higher level of prominence. Noted as the very highest ranking contributor in all of South America, Argentina’s contributions do not go unnoticed in the world of wines. With only about 10-15% of the country’s wines exported throughout the world, Argentina gets to enjoy a large majority of its own wines. As demand continues to increase, Argentina’s supply of exports continues to grow.
With an ongoing demand for multiple varieties of Argentinian wines, there is a continually large emphasis placed on red wines produced in this area. There is something entirely unique and superb about Argentinian redwine.
Quality Of The Red
Originating in France, many people have noted that the red grape variety has adapted particularly well to the soil of Argentina. Providing exceptional wines in all varieties, Argentina is principally known for its excellent red wines. With an intense aroma and deep color richness, Argentinian red wines are unsurpassed by other producers throughout the world.
Malbec, in particular, is often noted as one of the most famous of Argentinian red wines. Many people would argue that Argentina produces the very highest quality Malbec wines in the entire world. With this high level of quality and approval, it is no wonder that Argentinian Malbec continues to grow in both distinction and popularity. Argentinian Malbec wines come in a variety of intensities, from the fresh fruitiness of light red wines, to the full bodied richness of red wines.
Wine Regions In Argentina
Mendoza is likely the most well-known of Argentina’s wine regions Producing over 80% of the country’s entire production of wine, the region of Mendoza also plays an important part in the country’s production of red wines.
Another high quality region in Argentina is Salta. Known for its production of quality Torrontés and Cabernets.
What’s In The Grape
With such a high reputation of producing very high quality wines, it is no question that the grapes in Argentina are equally superb. The Torrontés and the Malbec grapes, in particular, hold a lot of precedence in Argentina.
In contrast to the popular red wines, the Torrontés grape is used for producing very fragrant and fruity white wines. With a crisp sensation of acidity, along with an equally delightful proportion of body, these Argentinian wines are also growing in popularity.
An even more prominent Argentinian grape, however, is undoubtedly the Malbec. Producing fabulous tasting red wines, Argentinian Malbecs are regularly noted as the world’s best.
Quality And Taste Of Malbec
When describing the taste of the popular Malbec red wines, they are often, said to be filled with a rich and full-bodied taste. Similar to a Cabernet in richness, Malbec is said to be a perfect combination of spice and fruitiness. Some common Malbec flavors include blackberry, plum, and chocolate.
With its unique quality and taste, Argentinian Malbecs are often paired with Italian, Spanish, or even Thai food. Tomato based pasta and roasted meats are another common food choice to eat with Argentinian Malbec wines.
With such high quality red wines produced in Argentina, you can’t go wrong with any of them. No matter which type of red Argentinian wines you choose, you are in for a treat.