Top Argentine Wineries to Know
Argentina is becoming more well-known for high-quality, great value wines among wine lovers. It's a country where winemakers seem to be able to effortless produce brilliant wine that offers complexity, concentrated flavours, and incredible drinkability.
There are over 1,000 wineries in Argentina, but here are some of our favourite producers.
Finca Las Moras
Let's talk about one of San Juan's leading wine producers. Finca Las Moras was a trailblazer in the region which has been quickly catching up to Mendoza's reputation for premium wines born in high altitude vineyards. Finca Las Moras has quickly established itself as one of the leaders in San Juan. Their efforts haven't gone unnoticed – the winery earned the International Wine & Spirit Competition Argentine Wine Producer of the Year award in 2013. Never ones to rest on their laurels, since then, Finca Las Moras continues to make outstanding wines.
Their focus is on fresh yet concentrated wines, whose flavours are bolstered by ample sun. This ripe fruit yields aromatic wines, made from the likes of Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah/Shiraz, and more. Finca Las Moras offers several labels from their winery, which use a mix of oak barrels and ageing regimens. Part of Finca Las Moras, the Love Vineyards label is another fine example of the heights Malbec can reach in San Juan's terroir. These are wines for keeping or for enjoying throughout the week – they're that good and versatile.
The vineyards of Catena Zapata are instantly recognisable with the iconic architecture of their winery which is based on a Mayan pyramid. This award-winning winery makes some of most iconic wine in Mendoza and is famous forth their premium yet surprisingly affordable Malbec. The vineyards are extremely high altitude, reaching well over 3,000 metres high; in fact, the mastermind at Catena Zapata, Nicholas Catena pioneered high altitude vineyard plantings in the region. This family-owned winery produces high-quality fruit which naturally leads to premium wines.
The Alamos winery is the Catena family's second label. Varieties like Chardonnay, Torrontes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and of course, Malbec have helped Alamos reached the coveted status of one of the top wineries in Mendoza. Like Catena Zapata, the Alamos vineyards are located high up in Mendoza's Andes foothills. Bold, spicy reds and bright, refreshing whites are their specialities.
These are just a few of Argentina's stars in the world. It can be hard to find brilliant wines at a great value, but Argentina delivers time and time again. With more vineyards being planted every year, Argentina will doubtlessly continue to release phenomenal wines.