Argentina’s flagship grape has charmed its way into UK wine racks over the last decade, with its soft, approachable character, notes of chocolate and coffee, and silky, smooth tannins. Originally from Cahors in south west France, Malbec has a long history in Argentina dating back to the 19th Century, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Argentinian wine industry recognised the grape’s global potential. Argentinian Malbec now accounts for around 75 percent of all Malbec planted worldwide. The grape thrives in the higher altitudes of the Uco Valley, a region which has attracted much investment from foreign winemakers who saw the potential to produce world-class wines. Some of the best are being produced in Gualtallary, Paraje Altamira, Vista Flores.