Argentine wines in the world

When talking about Argentina people think of Maradona, Evita, Messi, tango, meat and of course wine. Argentine wines are getting more and more attention in foreign markets and now Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.
wine exportDuring the 80’s and the early 90’s Argentina didn’t export more than 2% of its wines, the wine consumption per capita was the biggest in the world so there was no need to export. In 1990 Argentina exported less than 500 000 hectoliters of wine and by 2007 the number had increased to exporting over 3 500 000 hectoliters per year.  The main reason for this massive growth was that in the 90’s the consumption decreased in the local market and wine producers were forced to seek new ways to sell their wines and exportation was a perfect solution. 90’s became a decade of changes, economy was doing well, many wine makers started using new technologies and new techniques were introduced to make fine quality wine for export.

EXPORTACIONES-ARGENTINAS_CLAIMA20120219_0116_4In 2013 top 10 countries where the wines were exported were: 1 – USA, 2-Canada, 3- Brazil, 4- UK, 5- Netherlands, 6- Mexico, 7- China, 8- Switzerland, 9- Sweden, 10 – Japan. The most exported grape varieties were: 1- Malbec, 2- Cabernet Sauvignon, 3- Red Generic, 4- Chardonnay, 5- Torrontés.

malbecIt is not exaggerated to say that one of the main reasons people know about Argentine wines is Malbec. It was brought to Argentina from France in 1868 after provincial governor ,Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, who later became a president had asked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French agronomist, to bring some vines from France to Argentina on 17th of April, 1853. Little did they know that they had brought to Argentina a grape that will put Argentina on the map as a quality wine making country. On the honor of Malbec and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento the World Malbec Day was created. It is celebrated on 17th of April all around the world.

Here are the top 20 most sold Argentine wines in the world (mln $USD, year 2013):

  1. Alamos $34.4
  2. Catena $19.1
  3. Trapiche Reserve $13.1
  4. Trapiche $12.5
  5. Trivento $11.9
  6. Fuzion $10.6
  7. Las Moras $8
  8. Terrazas Reserva $7.6
  9. Graffigna Centenario $6.9
  10. Santa Julia $6.8
  11. Tilia $6.7
  12. Pascual Toso $6.5
  13. Norton Reserva
  14. Astica $5.9
  15. Norton Collection $5.6
  16. Navarro Correas $5.1
  17. Altos del Plata $5.0
  18. Norton $5.0
  19. Luigi Bosca $4.9
  20. Doña Paula $4.9

Those wines can be found quite easily around the world and have won the hearts of many wine lovers. One of the keys why Argentine wines are so popular  is the price and quality relationship, you can get a good wine at a very reasonable cost.

carinaeOther important Argentine wines to find in the world are boutique wines. Wineries that produce limited amount of bottles, special collections, often from vineyards where the vines are many decades old. For big companies it is not profitable to use old vines as the grapes are small so they prefer to use new vines that grow bigger grapes and produce more quantity as to boutique wineries those small concentrated grapes are important to produce something unique. Some of the many names are Bodega CarinaE, Bodega Dimonio del Plata, Bodega Ruca Malen and Bodega Melipal.





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