Argentina is best known for Malbec, but its whites are also top-drawer
In wine terms, Argentina is best known for its full-bodied, spicy red wines from the adopted Malbec grape – wines that work very well with the juicy beef steaks grilled on their beloved ‘asado’ barbecues. Argentina, however, also produces some decent white wines worthy of exploration. Thanks to Malbec’s growing popularity here, we’re seeing more of Argentina’s increasingly diverse offerings appearing on wine shelves, too.
Argentina’s signature white wine grape is the Torrontes, which produces an aromatic style of wine boasting some exotic floral and fruit flavours. Their quality has been improving greatly in recent years, with wineries working to balance what had too often been a slightly flabby wine lacking in acidity. When the balance is right, they make for an interesting aperitif and a particularly good match for Asian food flavours. But Argentina’s wine-makers have also been experimenting with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Argentina’s wine industry owes its roots to the mid-to-late 19th century wave of European immigrants from Spain, Italy and Switzerland, and its recent rejuvenation is largely thanks to investment from France, Chile, the USA and Spain. These investors recognise Argentina’s potential for high quality wines, particularly from the higher altitude sub-regions such as Tupungato and the Uco Valley, a sub-region of Mendoza from where 70% of Argentinean wine hails. The following offer a little taster of the diversity on offer.