April 17th is International Malbec Day! This traditionally French grape variety is known for producing dry, dark fruity reds that aptly express the terroir in which it is grown. Often considered too temperamental in French vineyards, the Malbec grape was brought to Argentina, where it flourished into one of the most recognized wines worldwide. To celebrate this full-bodied beverage, we’ve tapped nine of our favourite Argentinian Malbec producers to take you on a virtual tasting tour though Mendoza. Learn about each of them below:
A family run estate since its establishment in 1963, the Familia Zuccardi is regarded as a leader in Argentine wine production. With a focus on viticultural research and development, the estate has developed a reputation for innovation and growth, interpreting microclimates and adapting to create the most naturally expressive wines possible. Export Manager Cecilia Carrasco and Trusted Expert Peter Smolarz kick off the first portion of our Malbec Marathon with the top tier wines from this recognized estate.
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Bodega Norton exemplifies the undeniable success of introducing Old World techniques into New World environments. The estate was founded in 1895 with vines directly imported from France, and they now proudly produce wine from vines that date back to the 1920s. Spread across five vineyards in the foothills of the Andes mountains, this illustrious winery is considered one of the most impressive wineries not only in South America, but in the world. Alongside Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini, North America Export Manager Marcelo Soiza will introduce you to the intricacies of Argentinian winemaking.
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With nearly twenty years in the wine industry, Argentina native Susana Balbo founded her namesake winery in 1999. Regarded as one of the most influential women in the wine industry, Balbo has put social responsibility at the forefront of her brand, amplifying environmental sustainability and community values. Susanna Balbo and Trusted Expert Samantha Nelmes will guide you on a delicious journey through this progressive minded estate.
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One of the oldest wineries in Mendoza, Bodega Escorihuela Gascón has been producing top quality wines since 1884. In an undeniable parallel to Argentina’s own wine history, the estate has mastered the balance of native terroirs with international techniques, employing international advisors to ensure premium quality. Join Viticulturist and Brand Ambassador Celeste Pesce and Trusted Expert Alex Conne to taste Argentinian legacy.
via Bodega Escorihuela Gascón
Established in 1997, Doña Paula prides itself on producing wines made from grapes only grown in their vineyard, earning it estate status. By controlling every aspect of the winemaking process, the wines demonstrate consistent quality and terroir expression. Discover the unique mountain influence of these wines alongside Vineyard Manager Martin Kaiser and Trusted Expert Samantha Nelmes.
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Zorzal Vineyards & Winery prioritizes non-invasive winemaking above all else, celebrating the native terroir of the region. As the highest altitude point of the Uco valley, the winery profits off the cool climate, strong winds, and sandy soil to create their incomparable wines. Trusted Expert Peter Smolarz will be joined by Winemaker Juan Pablo for a tasting of these highly acclaimed, high quality, high altitude wines!
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Described as “the heart and soul of the Uco valley,” Bodega Salentein vineyards utilize their optimal location to their advantage. The grapes are exposed to nearly constant sunlight, receive pure mountain mineral water, and use sandy soil for drainage. It’s no wonder their wines are recognized worldwide. Co-Owner Bernard Pon joins Trusted Expert Stephen Turik to learn about how they modernized Argentinian winemaking.
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Bodega Catena Zapata’s reputation as one of the world’s finest Malbec producers is well deserved. In fact, they were named The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand in 2020. The winery, founded in 1902, is known for having used their extreme high altitude terroirs to resurrect Malbec. Export Director Marina Castillo will be joined Trusted Expert Michael Bigattini to lead you through the penultimate trek of your journey, showcasing the illustrious dynasty of Argentinian wine.
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Dating back to 1890, Bodega Luigi Bosca is an iconic player in Argentinian viticulture, boasting seven estates to maximize the production and potential of each vine. Its legacy has reached the fourth generation of the Arizu family, who prioritize innovation and Argentinian expression. Join Head Winemaker Pablo Cuneo, and Willow Park Wines & Spirits Trusted Expert Kathryn Woods, for the final leg of our Malbec Marathon.
via Bodega Luigi Bosca
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