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Quality wines from Argentina

The Whites
Argentina has a range of fine white wines, which go well with different foods from around the world. These wines exhibit aromas from fruity to herbal and are present  from delicate to full-bodied. Chardonnay is the most well known sparkling wine in the world.


This wine originates from Burgundy France, with synonyms like Aubaine (Côte d' Or), Auvernat Blanc (Orlénais), Beaunois (Chablis). These wines are spread in 4,600 hectares of area in Mendoza, in the colder regions, which allow for slow maturation and good acidity.

It is one of the best sparkling wines in the world that is light, delicate and fruity. The wine also can be structured, oily, lactic wine, rich in vanilla aromas. This is a very fine wine variety with yellow to greenish yellow tones and blends aromas of ripe banana, melon, peach or red grapefruit.  However in colder weather, fruit notes such as apple and pineapple predominate. Chardonnay is a medium-productive white variety with compact clusters that has small, spherical berries that are yellow-amber at maturity. Over-ripeness of the grape result in honey flavors. Fermentation in oak results in aromas of vanilla, butter and honey.

Of course, "you can't dismiss Chardonnay. It's the driving force for American wine consumption," says George Rose of Allied Domecq, the international beverage conglomerate that owns Balbi. "Chardonnay is incredible in Argentina,” says Catena." Altitude is the key. At different altitudes you get different characters. For example, more acidity from higher altitudes, more tropical flavors from lower altitudes. When you blend them together you get a more interesting wine with a lot of layers of flavor."

This wine is an excellent match with seafood and white meats and also with vegetarian dishes.


Coming from Anjou, Center-west of France, this wine clone variety has excellent productivity and oencological characteristics. In Mendoza it is grown in the valley of Cuyo.

This wine is characterized with medium-sized, full and compact clusters with yellow-gold, ellipsoidal berries and has accentuated perfume. Because of its tight clusters it is susceptible to rot.

It is a good match with meat dishes.

Pedro Gimenez is indigenous to Argentina, and in Mendoza, almost half of the area planted with white wine grapes is cultivated with this variety. 

It is mainly a table wine with medium to large clusters with yellow-gold berries.

It matches well with pasta and vegetarian dishes.


It is a classical German grape variety and spread in many parts of the world and can be dry, sweet, light or full-bodied. In Argentina it is not yet fully developed; however in other parts of the world it predominates especially in Australia, New Zealand and California.

This wine variety has a small cluster with small, spherical, yellow-gold berries. It has a characteristic delicate perfume. It is a vigorous variety with medium productivity although it is susceptible to rot. In the market the Riesling varieties are distinguishes by citric and herbal aromas, their light body and a well-marked acidity.

This matches very well with seafood and fish. White meats and Chinese food also match with this variety quite well. If made as a sweet wine, it matches very well with desserts based on fruit.


Coming from south west of France, this variety is found in Valle de Uco in Mendoza and at present about 1300 hectares of land is devoted to this wine type. Semillon has different synonyms depending on the region where it is found. It constitutes a well-defined entity in the Cuyo, known only by this name. In Mendoza it is mainly found in Alto Valle de Rio Negro and Valle de Uco.

This variety has the great virtue of getting rotten and under certain conditions of heat and humidity, a fungus (Botrytis cinerea) softens the grape skin allowing it to dehydrate and the sugar contained by the grain to concentrate, to produce a sweet creamy wine. Characteristically this wine is light yellow, with aromas of wet straw, bland and possesses fruity flavors. Pale, frank yellow Semillon is used in the production of sparkling wines. In Argentina, it is dry and complex with interesting honey notes.

It is a good match with seafood and fish.


This wine originates from South of Gaul, and is grown in province of San Juan and Mendoza. 

To the nose it is a fresh and fruity wine with floral touches. To the mouth it is complex with secondary flavor of oak.

It goes very well with white meat in general. A good dish with this wine is chicken with wine sauce.


This white wine grape variety originates from Bordeaux and the la Loira Valley, in France. In Argentina, it is grown in valleys of Mendoza and has gained a significant place among the fine white wine varieties. This variety in Argentina gets no oak treatment and according to Johnson from samcooks.com "Sauvignon blanc has a better future than Chardonnay because it loves heat." 

With citric and herbal aromas, these wines sometimes are one of the most complex and thickest wines.

It is a perfect partner for seafood, fish and goat cheese. The wine is also good company for palate fires.


This native Argentine wine is predominantly grown in the La Roja province in Mendoza and Salta. In the province, almost 12000 hectares of cultivated area is dedicated to this variety. This excellent fine Argentine grape dates back to the times when viticulture had just started in Argentina.

It is a light, young, fresh and easy to drink wine with golden color, which reminisces flowers, green herbs, rose and beeswax. It grows with Latin passion in the mouth. When well elaborated, it is a bright, clean, greenish yellow wine with memories of rose, honey, orange peel and ripe tropical fruits.

There are two varieties of torrontes developed in Argentina.

 Torrontes Mendocino has medium-sized clusters with yellow-gold, spheroid, somewhat perfumed berries and its economic importance is growing.

Torrontes Riojano has large, loose clusters with white-yellow-gold, perfumed berries. This variety is widespread in the Argentine northwest, principally in the provinces of La Roja and Catamarca, where it produces highly desirable wines and liquors. It is very important in San Juan where it is known as Malvasia.

Goes very well with red meat, and lamb dishes.

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