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Wine Tours in Argentina

Mountains, Desserts and Malbec. You’re going to fall in love here.

As the world’s 8th largest country, the diversity of Argentina is incredible. From the snowy peaks of Patagonia, to the desert beauty of the north, to the charm of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a country that you’ll quickly fall in love with.

With an area of 1,068,302 square miles (2,766,890 square kilometres), Argentina is enormous. There are so many different regions and in each region, with its unique microclimate, you’ll find different landscapes, food, wine and unique activities.

There are two main regions for Wine Tours in Argentina – Mendoza, and Salta. Argentina is one of the strongest makers of wine in South America. Perhaps even more prolific than Patagonia’s famed glaciers and more alluring than the bohemian enclaves of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s wine regions beckon travellers to their fertile valleys. The country, typically known for producing Malbec, cultivates a far more expansive range of wine than this single-varietal. Grapes like torrontés in Salta and complex blends in Mendoza are all on the rise, ushering in a new era of wine production in the country.

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MAIN REGIONS

The major regions are located in the western part of the country amongst the foothills of the Andes Mountains, bordering Chile. Mendoza accounts for 70% of wine output, and, as a large area of production, it’s split into many sub-regions. The three broad main areas are Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, and, relative newcomer and possibly most exciting, Uco Valley. Heading north, other major regions are La Rioja and San Juan. Even further towards the equator are Salta and Catamarca, which at 1700-2000 meters are home to some of the highest vineyards in the world. And to the far south Patagonia…

MAIN GRAPES

Malbec is the iconic grape variety and almost synonymous with wines of Argentina. It now accounts for almost 40% of black grape plantings and 65% of all exports. Other important reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, the Italian varietal Bonarda, and Merlot. Main whites are the local, grapey-like Torrontes, Muscat of Alexandria, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 30% of all grape plantings are still from the high-yielding, pink-skinned Criolla Chica and Criolla Grande.

CLIMATE & TERROIR

Most of the wine regions are semi-arid, desert-like with very low annual rainfall, which is supplemented by irrigation provided by the snowmelt from the mountains. Many vineyards are at high altitude where summer temperatures during the growing season can reach 40 °C falling to 10 °C at night – so large a diurnal variation. Soils throughout the country are mostly alluvial and sandy with some areas having substrates of clay, gravel and limestone.

Past Tours to Argentina

Mountains, Malbec, meat and more. That’s a perfect summary of this gorgeous tour. In Argentina, we tasted great wines in Mendoza and Uco Valley, tasted delicious lunches and barbeques, went to a Tango performance and experienced the majestic scenery of the Andes. Uruguay was such a lovely contrast, with the beautiful town of Colonia, where we discovered the Tannat grape and met some unforgettable wine personalities. South America, we can’t wait to see you again.

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