There’s so much Italian influence in the Argentinian wine industry, that it’s no surprise to see some of the country’s much-loved grapes being cultivated. Better understanding of soils, altitude, rights to water and improved vinification techniques have all influenced the ability to make quality wine from the likes of Barbera, which is usually not seen much outside its homeland of Piemonte in north-west Italy. Barbera wines are typically medium-bodied, with blackberry fruit and high acidity, making them the perfect choice to enjoy with cured meats and cheeses.
Tempranillo arrived in Argentina with the Spanish settlers, but it’s only in recent years that winemakers have started experimenting with the grape in the cooler Andean foothills, such as La Consulta in the Uco Valley.
They say big things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case for Petit Verdot! It’s another classic Bordeaux variety that’s showing well as a single varietal wine in Argentina, as well as in traditional Bordeaux style blends.