- Mar 09, 2023
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Exploring Argentina's World-Class Wine & Lager Industry
Argentina is a country known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine. One of the most notable aspects of Argentine cuisine is its wine, which has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. Argentina wine has a unique flavour profile that distinguishes it from other wines and has made it a favourite among wine enthusiasts.
Argentina's wine industry is centred primarily in the Mendoza region, which is located in the western part of the country. The area is home to some of the highest vineyards in the world, with altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level. The high altitude, combined with a dry and sunny climate, provides ideal conditions for growing grapes and producing high-quality wine. Argentina's wine industry has undergone significant growth in recent years, with new vineyards being planted and innovative winemaking techniques being developed. This has led to an increase in the quality and diversity of Argentina wine, making it a force to be reckoned with in the global wine market.
Malbec is the most famous wine variety in Argentina and is responsible for the country's growing reputation as a leading wine producer. Malbec is a red wine with a full-bodied flavour that is rich in tannins and has a deep, dark colour. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, making it a popular choice among wine lovers. The Tapiz Sparkling Malbec Rosé Extra Brut is a unique wine that successfully combines powerful spiced notes and intensity of a traditional red Malbec, with the refreshingly crisp acidity of a beautiful sparkling wine.
In addition to Malbec, Argentina produces other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Bonarda. Originating from southeast France, Bonarda is also planted in California (where it is known as Charbono) and in Jura, where it is known as Corbeau. So it's travelled a fair bit, but it seems it's found a home from home in the foothills of the Andes. The Tapiz Bonarda 2021, one of our favourites, is an intense red in colour with violet hues and has fresh aromas of raspberries and strawberries. In the mouth, the tannins are ripe and sweet and has an elegant and soft finish.
Argentina’s speciality doesn’t just stop there, though. Let us introduce to you Quilmes Lager. This incredible brand is a popular beer in Argentina that has gained a reputation for its crisp, refreshing taste. It is a light-bodied lager with a bright golden colour and a clean finish, making it a popular choice among beer drinkers looking for a thirst-quenching beverage. Quilmes Lager is brewed using a combination of locally sourced malts and hops, giving it a distinctive flavour that is unique to Argentina. It is a beer that is perfect for social occasions, and its popularity has made it a beloved symbol of Argentine culture.
Argentina’s wine and beer are a testament to the country's rich cultural heritage and dedication to producing high-quality products. With their stunning scenery and commitment to sustainability, it is no wonder that Argentina wine has become increasingly popular around the world.