Wine production was brought to Argentina during the Spanish colonization to Santiago del Estero in 1557. It has it’s vine cutting and production techniques with roots in Spanish style. Today Argentina is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world.
As wine production spread throughout the country the people focused more on quantity over quality initially. That is because for centuries 90% of Argentina’s wine was consumed by the Argentinians. Throughout history Argentina has produced more wine than any other country outside of Europe. With most being consumed internally rather than being exported. When exporting was introduced the quality of the wine being produced increased significantly.
The 1990s brought real change to the entirety of how wine is made throughout Argentina. Today they are the largest wine exporter in South America. The major wine regions in Argentina are Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. Mendoza produces more than 60% of all wine for the entire country. Because of the low humidity of the region the grapes don’t require nearly any pesticides because the grapes rarely have problems with insects, mold, and other grape diseases.
The Malbec grape was introduced to Argentina by the French. Today it makes the most of Argentina’s wines. This is a red wine, while other famous grapes for the area are Torrontes which is grown in La Rioja, San Juan and Salta. This is aromatic white wine. Argentina is so serious about it’s wines that in November 2010 the Argentinian government declared wine as Argentina’s national liquor.
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