Argentine Wine

Overview of Vine Connections wine regions in Argentina

In 1999, Vine Connections pioneered the first nationally imported portfolio of artisan wines from Argentina. Malbec quickly became the hero varietal, but the country’s high-elevation desert vineyards produce diverse varietals and flavor profiles.

Currently undergoing a real-time evolution, Argentine wineries are increasingly focusing on the terroir and microclimates of unique regions for a distinctive expression of place and quality.

Overview of Vine Connections wine regions in Argentina
5th

Largest wine producer in the world

75K

Acres of vines planted across the country

300

Average days the sun shines

9.1M

Cases of Malbec shipped worldwide in 2013

The Wineries

About Argentine Wine

Elevation

  • Vineyard elevations range from 2,300 to as high as 9,000 feet.
  • Intense sunshine (solar radiation) with relatively cool air temperatures produces healthy vines, which allows for selective pruning and good yield management.
  • High polyphenol levels result in soft tannin structure and greater flavor intensity.

Climate

  • High desert with warm summer days and cool nights leads to even ripening and soft tannins without losing the acidity necessary to achieve balanced wines.
  • 8 inches of rain per year means growers can control vine stress and yields.
  • 300 days of sun + cool air temperatures means grapes achieve excellent physiological ripeness at the same time that sugars are still in balance.

Soils

  • Virtually pest-free vineyards due to low humidity and high altitudes.
  • Growing areas vary from sandy to clay, but are predominantly loamy with excellent drainage.
  • Most soils are low in organic materials due to elevation and climate, creating additional desirable vine stress.

Varietals Planted

*Denotes varieties imported by Vine Connections
  • 33%
    Malbec*
  • 23%
    Bonarda*
  • 14%
    Syrah*
  • 12%
    Cabernet Sauvignon*
  • 7%
    Tempranillo
  • 5%
    Merlot
  • 2%
    Pinot Noir*
  • 4%
    Other
  • 14%
    Torrontes*
  • 12%
    Chardonnay*
  • 7%
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • 5%
    Riesling

The Wine Regions

Argentine wine regions

Salta

Catamarca

La Rioja

San Juan

Mendoza

Neuquen

Rio Negro