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Malbec is known today as the emblematic grape of Argentina. Overlooked by wine connoisseurs for decades, this diminutive fruit has undergone a significant revival in recent years, largely fueled by its success in South America. The Malbec grape is widely grown in Argentina and produces dark red wines with fruity overtones, balanced acidity and smooth tannins. You can find it either bottled on its own or as part of a Bordeaux blend.

Since people usually think of France or Italy when it comes to the production of fine wines, most are unaware that Argentina is the fifth largest producer in the world. This success is partly due to the boost that wines from Argentina received in 1995, when exports skyrocketed. Since frost and droughts devastated the top European wine-producing countries that year, people turned to South American wines, and liked what they tasted. Ever since then, Argentine vintages have been making inroads into the international wine market.

Not even Cahors in France (known as the Malbec grape’s motherland), produces Malbec wines considered to be as dynamic as those made in Argentina. With exuberant aromas of blackberry and currant and a full body that wine aficionados say can almost be chewed, they are undoubtedly make for an intense drinking experience. Argentina grows over 42,000 acres of Malbec, chiefly in the Luján de Cuyo and Tupungato regions and in the province of Mendoza, making it the largest producer of the grape after France.

Better known than its budding wine industry is Argentina’s world-famous beef. For a truly unparalleled dining experience, visitors to Argentina should be sure to pair a juicy Argentine steak with a glass or two—maybe even three—of rich, warming Malbec wine.

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28 Sep 2010

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