Argentina Wine Guide

Known for the breathtaking Andes Mountains, rich culture, and velvety Malbec, Argentina is a prominent player in the wine world as well as a popular destination for wine enthusiasts.

As you explore the country’s lush vineyards, you will find an abundance of native varietals and exquisite types of some of the most notable wines out there.

Watch the magic unfold as we explore the history of Argentine wine and what makes its regions so unique.

Map of Argentina's Wine Regions

History of Argentine Wine

Winemaking in Argentina dates back to the 1550s when the Spanish introduced the first grape varietals to the Mendoza and San Juan regions. The first grape grown in Argentina was known in Chile as Pais, a dry, medium-bodied red wine with red fruit, meat, and anise-tasting notes. 

By the 1900s, Argentina’s wine industry exploded, and the economy prospered. But for the next few decades, exports would decrease exponentially. In the 1990s, Argentina’s exports to the US and UK kept the economy on track. The wine industry also experienced what was known as the “Malbec Boom,” which is when the international market began to favor Malbec wines. 

In the 2000s and present, Argentina has become a popular tourist destination thanks to Malbec’s notoriety. Today, it is the country’s official flagship varietal. 

Now that we understand Argentina’s wine background, let’s get into its leading wine regions and their most popular wines.

Landscape of Argentina's Wine Region

Argentine Wine Regions

Argentina is easily defined by its sunny mountain climate and high-altitude vineyards. It is home to seven wine-producing regions, each with its notable varietals. 

Let’s dive into the unique wines Argentina has to offer.

Mendoza Region

We can’t discuss Argentine wine without first acknowledging the famous Mendoza region. Home to hundreds of thousands of acres, this region is responsible for over 60% of the country’s wine production.

The climate here is dry and arid, with sunny days and cool nights, allowing white and red grapes to thrive. Glacial streams from the Andes mountains water Mendoza’s vineyards, channeled through rivers and canal systems.

While Malbec grapes are the most dominant as they favor higher altitudes, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay grape varieties are well sought after in Mendoza. This region is also famous for its take on French Bordeaux Blends.

Winery to Visit 

For an unforgettable wine tour and tasting experience, visit the Bodega Catena Zapata vineyard. This Mayan-style winery features some of the most famous versions of the wines mentioned above. It also boasts a breathtaking historic atmosphere.

Let’s look at the following two notable players in the world of Argentine wine, Rioja and San Juan, which are also encompassed by the Mendoza region.


Home to some of the best Merlot produced in Argentina, Rioja is nestled in the foothills of the Andes mountains range. With very little yearly rainfall, this area is known for crisp white varietals like Torrontés. Along with Merlot, you can find other structured, fruit-forward varietals like Syrah and Malbec.

Winery to Visit 

Our top suggestion for Rioja is Bodegas Muga, a family-owned winery with gorgeous cathedral-like architecture founded in 1932. It is home to Argentina’s most traditional winemaking methods and cutting-edge techniques.

San Juan

While you can find luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec in this region, the grape of the San Juan Province is Syrah. This region is one of the hottest and driest in Argentina, which is what produces deliciously spicy and jammy Syrah.

Winery to Visit

For high-quality wines and an elegant tasting experience, visit Casa Montes, a family-owned winery in the Tulum Valley. Here, you will experience the best wines that most express this region’s unique personality.


Far north in the Patagonia region lies Salta, an up-and-coming wine-producing area home to some of the country’s most extreme weather conditions. High mountains, sunny days, and freezy nights define Salta's climate. 

The must-see town in this region is none other than Cafayete, a bustling city with breathtaking architecture. You’ll be amazed by purple-blue skies, ancient cacti, and golden sunsets when you're out in the vineyard.

Cafayete is also home to Argentina’s native white wine, Torrontés, a dry blanc with lemon, peach, and geranium notes. Classic Argentine red wines like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat are also “must-tries” here.

Winery to Visit 

Tucked away in the heart of Cafayete’s Calchaqui Valleys, surrounded by lush green vineyards, lies Bodega El Esteco, a beautiful mission-style winery with awe-inspiring mountain views. This 17th-century estate also features a hotel, where you can stay a few nights and wine-taste after horseback riding through the fields.


Further south in Patagonia and away from the hustle and bustle of Cafayete lies the Neuquen region. It is here where tourists can experience scenic mountain hikes along canyon rivers where fishing is encouraged. For red wines, seek popular varietals, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. For whites, Semillon and aromatic Viognier are sought after.

Winery to Visit 

When planning a trip to Neuquen, one of the most famous wineries is the breathtakingly modern Familia Schroeder. It is here where you can overlook lush vineyards and high mountains while sipping juicy Malbec, Pinot Noir, and crisp Rosé to your heart’s content.

Rio Negro

Right next to Neuquen is the region considered the gateway to Patagonia, and that’s Rio Negro. Home to thick forests and fruity Pinot Noir, the region’s cool climate makes this area so popular. Watered by glaciers from the Andes mountains, other grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec thrive here.

Winery to Visit 

For a beautifully cool tasting experience, look no further than Bodega Humberto Canale, the area’s largest producer and most historic vineyard, established in 1909.


Located in the northwest is the Catamarca region, one of the closest regions to the Andes mountains. This viticultural area is known for its quality wine exports with a commercial focus on Torrontés, Syrah, and Malbec.

Winery to Visit

Stop by Bodega Michango for an array of expressive wines grown in diverse terroir. This gorgeous winery has everything from blush wines to sparkling wines and more.

Man grilling meat meat while drinking Argentine wine

Best Argentine Wines

  • Malbec 
  • Chardonnay
  • Torrontés
  • Syrah
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Bordeaux Red Blends
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Viognier

    Explore Argentine Wines

    If you’re looking to sip Malbec in Argentina, check out the Mendoza, La Rioja, and San Juan regions first, then make your way through the country’s other unique winemaking areas.

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