Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Argentine wine, as with some aspects of Argentine cuisine, has its roots in Spain.
During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, they brought vine cuttings to Santiago del Estero in 1557. Thus, the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighboring regions, and then to other parts of the country.
Historically, Argentine winemakers were more interested in quantity than quality, with the country consuming 90% of the wine it produces (45 liters/12 gallons per year according to 2006 figures). Additionally, until the early 1990s, Argentina produced more wine than any other country outside Europe, though most of it was considered unexportable. However, the desire to increase exports fueled significant advances in quality.
Argentina Wine Regions
Almarada – Uco Valley, Argentina
Antucura – Uco Valley – Mendoza, Argentina
Viña Alicia – Mendoza, Argentina