Argentina’s climate and grape varieties make it the fifth largest wine producer in the world, and until recently it was also one of the largest consumers. Inflation and economic crisis reduced domestic consumption, although this invited investors from Europe and the USA into Argentinean winery projects and vineyard developments. This resulted in a dramatic improvement in quality and quantity of Argentinean red wine. Many of the traditional grapes were replanted, and Argentinean red swiftly made its way onto the international market.
Red grapes of note include Bonarda and Tannat, and of course Malbec, which is the most popular grape. Malbec can only ripen in the Argentinean climate, and would never survive as well in France. As Argentina lies on the same lines of latitude as South Africa, South Australia and New Zealand and has a similar climate, as well as having its vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, it is the perfect location for producing world-class reds.