Locals believe this is where the country's first grapes were first planted. These areas have fewer big wineries but lots of smaller growers, although that’s changing as Argentinian wines become more popular.
Salta is home to the highest altitude vineyards in the world. Up here, the extremely dry conditions mean there’s little chance of mildew or pests infecting the grapes, which makes it a great place to use organic farming methods.
This region in Patagonia is the country’s coolest (both in terms of temperatures and all-around hipness) wine producing area. Wine savvy Argentines are buzzing about the region’s ability to produce phenomenal white wines.
The great, inky grape famously blended into Bordeaux wines was imported here by the French in the 19th century. The vines thrived in the lofty, sun-drenched vineyards, producing rich, intense wines.
YOU'LL TASTE: Leather and tobacco aromas and full of ripe cherry and blackberry flavours with coconut and chocolate undertones.
TRY IT WITH: Thick, juicy grilled steaks, braised short ribs or a peppery cheeseburger.
Bonarda looks poised to be Argentina’s next big thing. Traditionally used for bulk wine, producers have recently discovered that with low yields and just a bit of oak aging, it's capable of producing exceptional wines.
YOU'LL TASTE: Elegant fig, ripe plum and allspice flavours.
TRY IT WITH: A rich lamb tagine or BBQed pork chops.
A highly aromatic white grape originally from Spain, Torrontes is now almost exclusively grown in Argentina. It ripens especially well in La Rioja, Salta and Catamarca.
YOU'LL TASTE: Honeydew and tarragon. While the floral aromas make it seem like a sweet wine, it’s typically made in a dry style.
TRY IT WITH: Mild Southeast Asian curries.