Argentine wine

Argentina is the largest wine-producing country in South America. The country has 210,000 hectares of wine-growing land and more than 15 million hector liters of wine are produced annually. The climate in Argentina is mostly dry and sunny, with distinct seasons.

In the 16th century, the Spaniards started growing wine in Argentina. At the end of the 19th century, many European vineyards were destroyed by a massive phylloxera epidemic, forcing winegrowers to emigrate. That did part to Argentina. The wine knowledge they brought with them led to an enormous boom in Argentine viticulture.

Argentina has several wine regions of which Mendoza is by far the largest. The most planted grape in Mendoza are criolla and malbec. The Malbec is most commonly used in Argentina.

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