Wine and Drinks in Argentina

Find out about the wine regions in Argentina, with details on the different types of wine available...

Wine

Argentina is one of the world's largest producers of wine and is home to a number of world-renowned wine growing regions. Among its most famous are Salta, La Rioja, Córdoba, San Juan, Nequén and Río Negro. The main wine regions are centered around Mendoza, where 60 percent of the country's wine is produced, and Cafayate (Salta). The main wine-producing regions are in the west of the country.

Mendoza: This region is particularly known for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Italian varieties, although Chardonnay is gaining in popularity.

San Juan and La Rioja: This region is renowned for its red varieties, such as Bonarda, although there are a number of sherry style wines, vermouth and brandies produced here. Wine production is concentrated in the Tulum Valley, Calingasta, Ullum and Zonda.

Patagonia: The most southerly region of Argentina is home to the wine-growing regions of Río Negro and Neuquén. The Neuquén region is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Champagne varieties are grown in Río Negro alongside Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Salta: Many grapevines are cultivated in Cafayate, which produces the famous Torrontés wine as well as Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The region also includes some of the world's highest elevated vineyards, situated at least 1,500m above sea level, which means that grapes grown here have a higher level of acidity, contributing to their balance and depth.

Drinks

Mate: This is a traditional infusion, made from yerba mate leaves, similar to tea, steeped in hot water and drunk through a metal straw.