Wine Regions: Argentina
It may surprise many to learn that this country is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, and the largest in South America, because only a small proportion of the wine is exported, and only recently have any Argentine wines been available in the U.K. But vineyards have been cultivated since the 16th century, although it is only in the past 100 years that wine has been produced on a large scale for commercial purposes. Most of the wine is produced in the north, and the prime region is Mendoza province, with the neighbouring region of San Juan. Rio Negro, La Rioja and Catamarca also make wine in quantity.
Various classic wine grapes are cultivated and a wide variety of wines – fortified as well as table and sparkling – are made. Recently legislation has been brought in to protect the quality of the wines and the way in which they should be named. Although it seems unlikely that, to date, any wines of more than medium to good quality have been made in the Argentine, it appears definite that those in the everyday category are both varied and of sound character, so that, with production increasing yearly, plus improved means of transport, they may become widely known in export markets within the near future.