Before embarking on our adventures in Argentina we were told tales of the amazing landscapes, from the majestic glaciers of Patagonia to the mammoth Iguazu falls. Upon arriving, we found ourselves immersed in a country where intense passion, embedded in the national psyche dictates all conversations from futbol to politics to the latest street art. Sites can be captured with a camera, funny stories of people met recounted over a few drinks at a bar. But what is most difficult to capture, to share with friends and loved ones at home, is the day to day way of life; The 3 hour lunches and 5 hour dinners. The way commerce takes a back seat to art, culture and cuisine. The way time slows, nothing is as important as the present, all else can wait until Mañana. Of course, accompanied with this cultural feast, one can always find a bottle of fine Argentinian wine close by.
It appears that Argentinian wine has been kept secret from Australian taste buds... until now. This is very surprising given Argentina's long and rich history of producing some of the best vino in the world. In fact they are the worlds 5th largest producer of wine and consume an average of over 30 litres a year per capita. Hardly surprising given the deep-seated old world influences of a population consisting of 85% Italian, Spanish and French heritage. This, combined with horticultural advantages of Argentina's rich soil, perfect growing climate and high altitude. It is a cool, dry and sunny land, with solid sunshine during the ripening season, and cool nights allow excellent colour and tannin development without the need for nasty pesticides. Melting snow from the magestic Andes supply not only an amazing backdrop to the vines of Mendoza, but an ample supply of fresh water. It is no wonder that the combination of a rich wine heritage and perfect growing conditions have made Argentina home to some of the best wines the world has to offer.
With this is mind, we invite you to grab a bottle of Malbec, let the sweet plum and cherry aromas whisk away the stresses of your day. The broad raspberry, currant and crushed plum flavours loosen your tongue for a lively chat with your friends and loved ones. And the long finish of liquorice and fig notes leave you at the table long after dessert has been cleared away.