Top four Argentine winemakers to watch

To mark the publication of the third edition of the Malbec Report, and the first edition in English, the drinks business profiles the four young Argentine winemakers to watch.

The Malbec Report is published by online Argentine wine guide and news site, Vinómanos. Now in its third edition, it is the brainchild of sommelier Alejandro Iglesias and drinks journalist Joaquin Hidalgo.

The pair taste 500 Malbecs produced throughout Argentina, rating each one with a score out of 100, and then publishing a more detailed account of the top 50.

The pair blind taste each wine, grouping them into categories according to price and region before doing so. For this year’s report, the wines ranged in price from 140 pesos a bottle (£1.78) to 11,500 pesos (£146.38).

From their results, Iglesias and Hidalgo also select the best winemakers as well as ‘young winemakers to watch’, which are profiled below.

In 2018, the Argentine domestic market consumed 73.9 million litres of Malbec, the equivalent of 92.3m bottles. In the same year, a total of 103m bottles of Malbec were exported, representing 45% of total wine exports from Argentina.

A total of 43,000ha of Malbec are planted in Argentina, according to the latest figures (December 2018). This is compared to just 20,386 hectares in 2004.

85% of these vines (26,585 hectares) are located in Mendoza followed by 6% in San Juan (2,652ha), 3.2% in Salta (1,380ha), 1.7% in La Rioja (741ha) and 1.5% in Neuquén (658ha).

Scroll through to view the winemakers that Vinómanos believe are worth keeping an eye on. 

2 Responses to “Top four Argentine winemakers to watch”

  1. melanie hoyt says:

    Who produces high-altitude red wines? Thanks. melanie hoyt

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