Dan Berger visits Argentina to look at the wine culture.
A cursory view of Argentina gives the impression that this nation has a thriving wine culture. In one way it does. A lot of wine is made and drunk here. You see vast vineyards surrounding Mendoza, hard by the Andes—east, north, and especially south. Billboards speak of great local wines and the scores they’ve achieved in the press. Restaurants promote local wines’ greatness; shops in major cities offer huge selections of Argentine wines. But sadly Argentina’s economic woes have cut it off from the rest of the wine world. Ask a local wine consumer about wine and you’ll hear glowingly of the country’s best foot forward, Malbec. But Argentina is a vinous unidexter: Malbec is really Argentina’s only foot. Most wine consumers here know little of wine from anywhere else because they have access to virtually none of it. As a result, few have any knowledge of the various styles of wine found in Germany, Italy, France, and elsewhere. This seems not to have deterred those wine lovers who visit the hundreds of Mendoza wineries. Mendoza is ranked No. 5 among the world’s wine-touring regions. Read the full Newsletter . Vintage Experiences