By Brian Lemay 12 comments

Hello, welcome to Underneath the bottle my name is Michael and today we’re going to take a closer look at the wines from Argentina So what makes Argentina such a special winemaking place on Earth? …well Altitude… Geography The wines from Argentina are planted on some of the highest altitudes in the world. Some people suggests, meters about… 1200 meters above Sea level is the best point of quality for high altitude status wine. So this means that the grapes up there are affected more by stronger sun-rays as the air is a lot thinner. And it’s ripened fruit a lot quicker. Well luckily the night temperature cools off the grapes and and keeps the acidity while slowly ripening. Two major factors that make Argentina such a great place unique place to make wine Now! I’m going to show you of two bottles of wine one white and one red, and let’s start with the white one Alright, alright so here I have a Torrontes Which is a great variety from Argentina? I want to show you some unique grape varieties that really speak the voice of Argentina I mean, they make excellent Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs as well But Torrontes is the character of Argentina when it comes to white. And these grape varieties make a wine that is very fresh, highs aromatic and gives a Smooth texture to the wine, and it has a lot of resemblance to Muscat and Gewurztraminer. The really cool thing about this vineyard in particular Colome Is that it’s located in Salta, and in one of the highest… this is actually the highest located vineyard in the world With the height of uhmmm.. 3111 meters above sea level That’s so cool So yeah, expect like tropical fruit Young Pineapple roses, apricot and like almonds on the finish. So the challenges between… High altitude and low altitude is to find a balance between the activity in the alcohol level When you find something as right as this, it’s very rewarding Now, we’re going to move a little bit down south. We’re going to go to Mendoza. Which is the biggest… …producing wine region of them all in Argentina. I think they cover about… Sixty percent of the production. All right, Malbec! Now, this is the signature grape variety of Argentina. To really understand, Argentina. You have to have tasted this. So Malbec is a grape variety that is one of the noble grape varieties of Bordeaux. It originated in France and it found it’s way to Argentina! Let’s taste it! As you can see also here on this label. They focus on the altitude, and the mountain ranges and also this…what is this? A vulture? So they’re also very Focused on on the the heights of Argentina So Malbec is a grape variety with a very thick skin and therefore it can take that sun exposure Mmm. Love that! Very plummy, right? The tannins here very soft… naturally! And fruit is always very present in a Malbec. It also has a lot of flavor to offer, like I get spliced in the back-tone Not just that fruit but also dark cherries and that plum! It’s so good. Other grape varieties, red wine, you can find in Argentina that they do really well is… Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon But Malbec very food friendly, any kind of meat Dish. Barbecue stuff. Pizza, Pasta! Argentina, it’s very influenced by immigrants from from ehh… Post-War, I know a lot of Japanese people went to south America. I guess that’s that, if you like this video And want to see more of these videos. I mean, we’ve done Spain and Italy! When we hit 400 subscribers. I’m going to do another one, and I want to know what countries you want me to Focus on next! Untill next time! Double, glass, kan…. …(kan)pai!


UnderneathTheBottle Wine Sommelier

Apr 4, 2017, 11:25 am Reply

THANK YOU for Subscribing!! 300 subs is just amazing! Let's do another BEST Wine for Beginners at 400 subs!

UnderneathTheBottle Wine Sommelier

Apr 4, 2017, 11:26 am Reply

Q: Which Country do you want me to cover next?

Wine Jam

Apr 4, 2017, 11:36 am Reply

glad you touched upon the torrontes grape doesn't get enough coverage !!

Chef Vegán

Apr 4, 2017, 12:53 pm Reply

Awesome! I had no idea they grew that high. I would love to get my hands on some 🙂

Erik Wait

Apr 4, 2017, 1:19 pm Reply

Argentinians are big steak eaters. One of the best pairings I ever had was a grilled steak with chimichurri sauce and an Argentinian Malbec.

The Unknown Winecaster

Apr 4, 2017, 3:28 pm Reply

Great cast, great info. Rock on my friend!

Wine Mastery

Apr 4, 2017, 6:22 am Reply

Great Graphics! 🙂

Exotic Wine Travel

Apr 4, 2017, 8:10 am Reply

Nice!!! Salta is high on our wish list of places to go! Congrats on 300!

Ryan The Wine Guy

Apr 4, 2017, 2:59 pm Reply

Love wines from Argentina!

Elvin Morello

Apr 4, 2017, 2:19 pm Reply

Great review as usual. I hope to visit Macedonia at the end of the year, so that i can ship you some good wine from the Popov winery so that you can let us know how it tastes. Cheers, my brother!

Nana Komatsu

Jan 1, 2018, 3:47 pm Reply

Great video!

Daniel Ayuch

May 5, 2018, 6:50 am Reply

Nice vid man, keep it on!.

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