Despite the wines which have been coming out of South America for the last century being referred to as New World Wines, in truth, the continent has been making wine since the 13th Century. The reason behind its relative new found success however has been as the result of the taste improving, greatly.
Monks used to use the grapes of Argentina and Chile to make their own wine but it was not appreciated by the world as a result of its bitter taste. Thankfully, there are now a wide variety of regions throughout the continent which are making some of the finest wine on the planet and here are the best wine regions to visit if you want to get a vineyard experience and drink some of these excellent wines.
This region of Argentina is widely regarded throughout the world as one of the most outstanding wine regions and it is currently producing award winning Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Aside from the phenomenal wine which the region produces through its numerous vineyards, it is also a great place to spend some time with outstanding natural beauty to be discovered. The region produces a massive 80% of all of Argentina’s wine and this is a great place to discover Argentinian wine.
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Chile’s one has been growing rapidly in popularity over the last 30 years and the majority of their finest wine is produced in the Casablanca Valley. The first vineyard in the valley was only established in the mid-eighties and the region has really shot to prominence in terms of their winemaking abilities. The international recognition which this region receives is thanks to its outstanding Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the region actually produces over 17 different varieties of wine, but these are among the most popular.
Serra Gaucha, Brazil
Whilst Argentina and Chile make up for over 75% of the wine which is exported from South America, Brazil is steadily starting to grow as a wine producing country. It seems somewhat strange that a nation which has the ability to grow chocolate and coffee crops, would also have the conditions to grow wine grapes but that is exactly what you’ll find in the Serra Gaucha region in Brazil. These wines have been likened to Italian-style wines rather than new world and their Merlot and Chardonnay varieties are very good.
The acclaimed winemaking capital of Argentina, Cafayate is one of the most visited by tourists because the region is so scenic. The finest wine which you will find here is the Torrontes which comes from the region and is widely considered as one of the best in the world. There are more wines on offer in the many small vineyards of the region but without question, it is Torrontes which has put this region on the map.
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