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Argentinian wine making may not be an ancient practice, but what the local industry lacks in experience, they’ve more than made up for in technique. The best wineries in Argentina are often recognized around the world for Malbec, with both red and white varieties produced in the country. 

But your wine tasting in Argentina isn’t limited to a single stem glass of Malbec; Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and more are produced in this part of South America. Keep an eye out for these award-winning Argentinian wines on your next trip to this sublime South American destination. 

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Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2019

Sommeliers Choice Awards Gold Winner 2022

Producer: Aurelio Montes

Bottled in: Uco Valley

Price: $23.00

Kaiken Ultra Malbec wine bottle

A dry red wine with fruity flavors as rich as its deep ruby color, the Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2019 took home the Gold Sommeliers Choice Award in 2022. Produced in Argentina, it was bottled by Aurelio Montes in the Mendoza region’s Uco Valley, where altitudes reach as high as 1100 meters above sea level. This Argentinian wine region is newer when it comes to its production of medium-bodied bottles, though the Kaiken Ultra proves that the organic grapes of the area are nevertheless top notch. Critics love fruit flavor blended with earthy tones. The light smokiness and oak notes end every sip with a mild tannic finish. 

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Alpasión Grand Chardonnay 2021

London Wine Competition Bronze 2023

Producer: Alpasión Wines

Bottled in: Uco Valley

Price: $30.00

Alpasión Grand Chardonnay 2021 wine bottle

Another award-winner from the Uco Valley, the Alpasión Grand Chardonnay 2021 won a Bronze award in 2023’s London Wine Competition, adding another award to Alpasión’s growing portfolio. This bottle is the only white wine in the producer’s Grand line, joining a number of exceptional Malbecs, Cabernet Francs, and Pinot Noirs. The Grand Chardonnay stands out for more than just its still white color. A partial malolactic fermentation and a year spent in French oak barrels yields both fruity notes of pineapple and lemon curd and an earthy notes of toasted oak and sea-shell minerality. And while Grand Chardonnay is available at your local spirits store, we urge you to consider uncorking it in situ. Alpasión Lodge is limited to 7 luxury rooms and 6 luxury glamping tents. With the Alpasión Restaurant on-site to let you drink in their wines and views of the Andes, it’s one of the best wineries in Argentina to spend your vacation at.

Cien por Ciento Torrontés 2021

USA Wine Ratings Gold 2022

Producer: Cien por Ciento

Bottled in: Mendoza

Price: $26.00

Cien por Ciento Torrontés 2021 wine bottle

Ask a local what they’re drinking at a casual wine tasting in Argentina and they’ll likely show you a bottle of Cien por Ciento Torrontés on the table. For the uninitiated, the Torrontés wine is the other signature Argentinian wine. These light-skinned grapes grow near rows of Malbec in Mendoza’s high-altitude vineyards. The 2021 bottle is highly aromatic, matured in American oak barrels and sings a refrain of fruity notes. Its creamy texture is complex yet has an accessible taste that makes this white wine a favorite for Argentine locals and a gold medal winner in the USA Wine Ratings.  

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Origen Los Chacayes Malbec 2021

Decanter World Wine Awards Best in Show 2023

Producer: Terrazas De Los Andes

Bottled in: Uco Valley

Price: $14.00

Origen Los Chacayes Malbec 2021 wine bottle

You can never have too many Malbec options when wine tasting in Argentina, particularly when one includes Origen Los Chacayes’s 2021 Malbec. This Uco Valley wine earned a Best in Show rating in the latest Decanter World Wine Awards. It’s a show stealer: its character is as intense as its color is deep. Decanter’s tasters noted its meaty aromatic depth and definitive fruity strength characteristic of Argentina’s best Malbecs.

Elixio Cabernet Sauvignon

Berliner Wein Trophy 2023 Gold Winner 

Producer: Viña San Pedro Tarapacá 

Bottled in: Mendoza

Price: $9.00

Elixio Cabernet Sauvignon wine bottle

A fitting Argentinian wine fitting for an asado dinner, the Elixio Cabernet Sauvignon by Graffigna is a classic addition to any wine cellar. Blackberry notes reign supreme in every deep red sip, with the occasional oak or spice slipping across your palate ever so subtly. Its ripe tannins endure a swirl around your mouth and its robust, rich flavors linger on the tongue long after it’s spat or swallowed. 

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2021 Norton 1895 Coleccion Chardonnay

New York International Wine Awards 2023 Mendoza Chardonnay Wine of the Year

Producer: Bodega Norton

Bottled in: Mendoza

Price: $15.00

2021 Norton 1895 Coleccion Chardonnay wine bottle

Produced in Argentina, Bodega Norton’s 1895 line celebrates the vineyard’s founding year. 126 years later, the 1895 Coleccion continues to honor Argentine vintner past while delivering an approachable, modern wine in the 2021 Chardonnay. Aroma strength takes a backseat to dry citrus and apple notes. It’s a Chardonnay that’s well-structured for an uncompromising pure showcase of the varietal’s characteristics, sourced from one of the finest terroirs in the country.

Bodegas Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc 2022

Argentinian Cabernet Franc Trophy winner at IWC 2023

Producer: Fabre Montmayou

Bottled in: Mendoza

Price: $18.00

On the outskirts of Mendoza is an area called Luján de Cuyo, where a host of old vineyards produce incredible wines. These old vines and extreme growing conditions provide grapes of unparalleled concentration. Produced by Argentine Winemaker of the Year Hervé Fabre, this wine is completely hand-harvested and 60% of the juice sees 12 months in French oak.

Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec

Decanter World Wine Awards Best in Show 2019

Producer: Catena Zapata

Bottled in: Mendoza

Price: $85.00

Described as possessing an aromatic spectrum of ripe red fruits such as cherries and plums, interwoven with a spicy note and vanilla, this powerful yet elegant Argentine red wine is a clear demonstration of the winemaking expertise and expressiveness of Mendoza’s terroir. Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira in La Consulta, in this traditional area for Malbec, the Nicasia vineyard is the only place you can find a planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings.

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