When it comes to South American wines, most people tend to think of Chilean wines as the finest and most popular of them all, however in more recent times, Argentinian red wines and white wines have grown in terms of reputation and quality. It was in the
1990's that Argentinian wine makers, faced with the glut of wines in their country and looking to earn more income by exporting their wine product, decided to refine their products and pay more attention to quality for the sake of the international wine market. Today Argentinian wines are famous internationally and the quality of the country's wine is well renowned as well.
One of the most popular varieties of Argentine red wine is the Argentine Malbec,
produced from the grape of the same name, grown mostly in the Mendoza region which is responsible for 60% of the wine in the country. This red grape and its resultant wine came to Argentina by way of France in the mid-1800's. Along with its pleasant taste, this Argentinian red wine has very unique earthy notes and a medium body.
The famous Cabernet Sauvignon grape is also grown in Argentina, in not only Mendoza but other wine producing regions of the country as well due to the adaptiveness of the grape when it comes to growing under different kinds of weather. The result is the Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon, a full bodied wine with excellent taste and another variety of Argentinian red wine that is equally popular with the international wine scene.
The Argentinian Syrah comes from the same variety of grape that has been grown in various continents across the world for millennia. This red wine has a powerful aroma and a smooth texture easily noticed when sipped, it is also complemented with a spicy and pleasant aftertaste.
The Tempranillo is another variety of Argentine wine grape, it has Spanish origins and in Argentina it is grown as widely as the Malbec, while it has always been intensely popular in Argentina, it has only gained acceptance as a fine wine on the international scene rather recently. This Argentinian red wine has a rather velvety taste with notes of raspberries and cherries and it is well-balanced too.
Other Argentinian red wines of international quality are the Merlot and the Pinot Noir. The Argentinian Pinot Noir wines are usually soft red, fresh and very fruity to taste. The Merlot is usually used as a blend in Cabernet Sauvignon but on its own it is also offered as an Argentinian red wine, it produces a luxurious, round wine with a full body and notes that are a mix of fruity and spicy. Hints of morello cherries and plums as well as cinnamon and black pepper may be found in such notes.