Argentina, Chile, Portugal
Over the past decade ARGENTINA has evolved from a country not well known on the global wine scene to the New World’s fastest growing exporter of wines.
The leading grape in Argentina in terms of reputation and quantity is Malbec, a Bordeaux variety imported to Argentina from France in the mid-19th century.
CHILIAN wine has a long history for a New World wine region, as it was the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Franc were introduced.
PORTUGUESE winemakers have shown a heroic determination to preserve a heritage of more than 250 native grape varieties - and most of these varieties do not exist elsewhere in the world. They are masters in unlocking the potential of a country full of diversity. Vines are planted in all types of soils, from sand to shale, and exposed to diverse microclimates, from the influence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the influence of Continental Europe.