Malbec is perfectly at home in Mendoza, Argentina’s best-known wine-growing region.Malbec is perfectly at home in Mendoza, Argentina’s best-known wine-growing region.

Red grapes beneath white Andean peaks

Masi Tupungato

A promising pairing: Veronese tradition meets Argentinian fire, the view of the Masi Tupungato wineryA promising pairing: Veronese tradition meets Argentinian fire, the view of the Masi Tupungato winery

A promising pairing: Veronese tradition meets Argentinian fire.

European immigrants shaped the history of the Argentinian wine-growing region of Mendoza.

Mendoza is Argentina’s oldest and most important wine region. It began in 1561, when Spanish friars planted the first vines here for the production of communion wine. In the 19th century, another wave of European immigrants boosted the Argentinian wine industry. In 1853, a state agricultural school was established in Mendoza, run by a Frenchman. The wine region owes its flagship varieties Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon to him.

A new home for Malbec

The flagship of Mendoza is Malbec. The cradle of this grape variety lies in Cahors in south-west France. There it yields dark, tannin-rich red wines under the name Côt, which often only open up as they mature. This is not the case on the other side of the pond: velvety and charming, Argentinian Malbec is a real export hit. The winemakers of Cahors now even advertise their own wines with the slogan «Cahors, the French Malbec». Mendoza’s second flagship variety is Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Andean climate, it develops a beautiful polish and a lot of character. Winemakers like to blend these two grapes to create elegant cuvées. In addition to these two top sellers, there is a diverse range of European red wine varieties such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot and Sangiovese. White wine is made from Torrontés, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.

Sheltered by the Andes

Today, Mendoza has around 150,000 hectares of vineyards, almost one and a half times as much as Bordeaux. Over 70 per cent of Argentinian wine is produced in Mendoza. The growing region is located in the west of the country at the foot of the Andes, guarded by the highest mountain in the Americas, the Aconcagua (6,960 metres above sea level). The vineyards climb up to an altitude of 1,100 metres. Seventy per cent of the area is planted with red grape varieties. Cold winters and warm summers make for opulent wines with plenty of colour and soft tannins. They can age superbly.

Wines from Mendoza
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    Argentina, Mendoza
    2020
    70 % Corvina, 30 % Malbec

    75 cl
    Corbec – Tinto de Argentina, Masi Tupungato
    Special Price CHF23.00 netto n Regular Price CHF29.00

    20%

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    Argentina, Mendoza
    2021
    85 % Malbec, 15 % Corvina

    75 cl
    Passo Doble Tierra Soleada – Tinto de Argentina, Masi Tupungato
    Special Price CHF9.00 netto n Regular Price CHF12.00

    25%

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    Argentina, Mendoza
    2022
    60 % Pinot grigio / Pinot gris / Grauburgunder, 40 % Torrontés

    75 cl
    Passo Blanco – Blanco de Argentina, Masi Tupungato
    CHF10.50
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