By country :: Argentina
Argentina has long played second fiddle to Chile in terms of exports, but Argentinian wine has fast become a hugely popular player on the international stage. Her signature grape variety is without a doubt Malbec, which produces seductive, full-bodied reds packed with spicy fruit, many of which are capable of ageing spectacularly. Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromatic, fruity Torrontés and Chardonnay, amongst others, also flourish here.
Much of Argentina is very dry and hot, but the altitude at which many of the country's vineyards are settled is quite high, therefore allowing grapes of a high quality to be grown. The snow melt from the Andes provides much of Argentina's vineyard with the water needed, and recent investment in irrigation systems has allowed this to be far more carefully regulated than previously.
This wonderful country, home to the passionate Tango and producer of some of the best beef in the world, has a lot to be proud of, not least its increasingly impressive range of wines.