South American wines have really started to come into their own in the wine world in recent years. Wine lovers around the world are now discovering the high quality wines coming from Chile and Argentina. With plenty of sunshine, a temperate climate and the gorgeous Andes Mountains as your backdrop, the wine regions of Argentina and Chile are the perfect place to discover your new favorite variety.
The Argentine Malbecs are deep and fruity, the Chilean Cabernets are rich, complex and have just a hint of green pepper and the coastal Chardonnays are smooth and refreshing. My personal favorite is a lesser known varietal nearly unique to Chile, the Carmenere. If there was ever a wine with a great story to tell it would be the Carmenere. This is actually lost French varietal that was thought to have died out in Europe when the French vineyards were destroyed by disease in the 1800s. Chilean wine makers actually brought the grape vine to Chile from Bordeaux before the devastation and for years it was growing under the mistaken identity of Merlot. Some wine producers noticed some of their “Merlot” was a bit different and finally in the 1990s DNA testing of the vines proved it was the long lost varietal from Bordeaux thriving half a world away! Now if that story does not warrant giving the Carmenere a try, I don’t know what does! The Chilean Carmenere is aromatic, deep, earthy, cherry-like and perfectly paired with spicy foods or grilled meats.
Wind your way from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile tasting fantastic wines and you will find out for yourself why the wine regions of South America are coming up in the world. It truly is the perfect place for your next wine tour!
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