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Adam Winder
September 14, 2023 | Adam Winder

The Rise and Splendour of Argentina's Wine scene

When it comes to world-renowned wine regions, Argentina might not be the first country that comes to mind. However, in recent decades Argentina has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the global wine industry. With its breathtaking vineyard landscapes, commitment to quality winemaking, and unique grape varieties, Argentina has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world.

In this blog, we embark on a journey to explore the rise and splendour of Argentina’s wine industry, uncovering its history, signature grape varieties, key regions, and noteworthy achievements. 

A Historical Glimpse: Argentina’s winemaking tradition dates back to the early Spanish colonisation in the 16th century. However, it was in the mid 19th century that the modern wine industry began to take shape. Influenced by European immigrants, particularly from Italy and Spain, Argentina embraced their winemaking techniques, vineyard management practices, and grape varieties. Over time, the industry experienced significant growth, transforming Argentina into one of the world’s largest wine producers. 

Signature Grape Varieties: Malbec stands as the undisputed king of Argentina’s wine production. Originally from France, Malbec found its ideal terroir in high-altitude vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina’s most prominent wine region. Argentine Malbec is known for its intense purple colour, rich flavours of blackberries, plums and dark chocolate, and velvety tannins. Other red grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Bonarda also thrive in Argentina’s diverse terroir, offering complex and captivating wines. 

Key Wine Regions: Mendoza, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, steals the spotlight as Argentina’s premier wine region. With its high altitude, arid climate, and alluvial soils, Mendoza provides the perfect conditions for grape cultivation. Within Mendoza, sub-regions like Luján de Cuvo and Valle de Uco produce some of the finest wines in Argentina. Luján De Cuvo is renowned for its robust Malbecs, while Valle de Uco showases elegant, cool-climate wines. Salta is another notable wine region in Argentina known for its high-altitude vineyards and its delicate, aromatic white wine made from Torrontés.  

Winemaking Techniques and Terroir: Argentina’s winemakers have embraced modern winemaking techniques while preserving traditional craftsmanship. They utilise start-of-the-art technology to ensure the highest quality wines, while also respecting the unique characteristics of their terroir. The combination of high-altitude vineyards, ample sunshine, low rainfall, and diverse soils allows winemakers to produce wines with excellent balance, vibrant acidity, and expressive fruit flavours. 

Achievements and Global Recognition: In recent years, Argentina’s wines have garnered significant acclaim and recognition on the international stage. Argentine wineries have received prestigious awards and high scores from renowned wine critics, further solidifying the country’s position in the global wine industry. Additionally, the wine tourism industry in Argentina has experienced remarkable growth, with visitors flocking to the breathtaking vineyard landscapes, enjoying cellar tours, and indulging in wine tastings. 

The wine industry in Argentina has evolved into a captivating tale of passion, innovation, and dedication to quality. From its humble beginnings to its current global recognition, Argentina’s winemakers have transformed the country into a true wine destination. Whether it’s the seductive allure of Malbec or the elegant expressions of other grape varieties, Argentina’s wines offer a unique sensory experience that reflects the country’s rich heritage and remarkable terroir.  So, the next time you sip a glass of Argentine wine, raise a toast to the land of gauchos and tango, where the vines thrive and flavours flourish.

We will be hosting an Argentinian style lunch at the Wine House on the 21st October 2023!  Join us by booking your seat at the table where we will be showcasing Argentinian wines alongside their Hunter Valley equivalents while we dream of travels to this magical country.



Time Posted: Sep 14, 2023 at 1:41 PM Permalink to The Rise and Splendour of Argentina's Wine scene Permalink
Adam Winder
March 14, 2023 | Adam Winder

The Wonderful World of Wine Glasses

Wine glasses come in so many different shapes and sizes, each one claiming to enhance the unique characteristics of a specific type of wine. But do they really make a difference? Let’s have a look at how the shape and size of the glass can affect the way a wine smells, tastes and feels in your mouth.  

Let’s start with a red wine glass. Have you ever ordered a red wine in a restaurant only to have the waiter whisk away the wine glasses that were sitting ready on your table? This can be a little disconcerting until they return to the table armed with larger, altogether more beautiful wine glasses to serve your wine in. The reason a red wine glass typically has a larger bowl than a white wine glass is because red wine is served at a higher temperature than white wine and the larger bowl allows more room for the wine to breathe and release its complex aromas. Additionally, the bowl of a red wine glass is often tapered at the top, which concentrates the aromas of the wine, making it easier to detect the different scents of the wine (and less easy to cover yourself in red wine as you expertly swirl your glass).

White wine glasses on the other hand, tend to have a smaller bowl and a narrower opening than red wine glasses. This is because white wine is typically served chilled and the smaller bowl keeps the wine cool for a longer period of time. Additionally, the narrow opening of the glass helps to preserve the delicate aromas of the wine, which can be easily lost if the wine is exposed to too much air.

Champagne glasses, also known as flutes, have a tall, slender bowl and a narrow opening, which helps to preserve the bubbles of the wine. The narrow opening helps to maintain the effervescence of the wine, and the tall bowl allows the bubbles to rise to the surface, creating a sparkling sensation on the tongue.

So whilst it may seem to be just another way to confound the average wine drinker, using different shaped glasses for each type of wine can really bring out the best in a wine. If nothing else, it’s a fun thing to try the same wine in a range of different wine glasses. You may be surprised, or not! In which case you can safely stick to your vegemite jars!

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2023 at 1:32 PM Permalink to The Wonderful World of Wine Glasses Permalink