Originating in the Piemonte region of Italy, Bonarda is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina after Malbec. It’s a grape that copes really well with the heat of East Mendoza, where around 60 percent of the grapes are cultivated to make an easy drinking, fruit forward style. In recent years, newer plantings have emerged in cooler parts of the Uco Valley, where producers are making more complex, elegant wines. The grape typically displays red fruit aromas of raspberries and strawberries, with subtle aniseed notes.
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.