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Argentinian Wine

The Argentinian wine regions are achingly beautiful with the lush vineyards set against the snow-capped Andes. The desert climate and pure water from the melting snow creates the perfect grape growing environment. Hot sunny days and cold nights produce grapes with naturally high sugar levels balanced by good acidity; the resulting wines are typically full bodied and fruity with gentle tannins.

Argentina is the world's fifth largest wine producer and Argentinian wine exports are growing rapidly. Argentine wine growers shun the discount market and can therefore offer their better quality wines at realistic prices. La Tranquera follows the same model allowing us to offer you outstanding value for money.

Argentinian Malbec is arguably the perfect red wine to pair with roast meat, rich casseroles or a BBQ but we urge you to try other Argentine flagship varieties like Bonarda and the aromatic white grape Torrontés. We also stock some top notch blends and fine Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah (Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot.

We try to work with smaller wineries and also growers who instead of selling grapes to big wineries are trying to add value by making their own wines. We do not work with "boutique wineries" marketing "aspirational brands" we work with passionate craftsmen growing and making top quality wines. You can read more about our producers on their profile pages and by buying from La Tranquera you can be sure you are supporting not just our family business but also those of our producers.

 

Bonarda

Bonarda is the second most widely planted grape in Argentina after Malbec and was traditionally used as a blending grape to add structure to table wine varieties. Wine makers now recognise the potential of this grape not only in high quality blends but as also as a stand alone variety to rival the mighty Malbec. It produces wines that are generally lighter and slightly more savoury than Malbec with good fruit balanced acidity and soft tannins - give it a try.

It was recently discovered that the Bonarda grown in Argentina is not the same as that grown in Italy but in fact a seperate variety known as Douce Noir in France and Charbono in the USA.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is gaining popularity in Argentina where it produces lighter, more fruity examples of this often "herby" variety.

Chardonnay

The world's most popular white wine grape variety is now firmly established in Argentina, coming second in terms of area planted to Torrontés. The climate here falls in the middle of the grape's range and allows it to express both fruity and mineral notes depending on the soil type and microclimate.

Malbec

Malbec is without doubt the flagship Argentinian grape variety and Malbec pairs perfectly with the county's meat and pasta based cuisine. The Malbec grape is tricky to grow in its native France but thrives in Argentina where it produces wines with a dark purple colour, intense fruit flavours, floral aromas and velvety smooth tannins.

Syrah (Shiraz)

Argentinian Syrah draws a happy medium between the elegant, smokey classic French wines and the fruity, peppery Shiraz wines from Australia and South Africa.

Torrontés

Torrontés is a native Argentinian white wine grape variety that produces silky smooth aromatic wines with tropical fruit flavours balanced by good acidity. Hailed by many as a rising star in the world white wine Torrontés is fantastic on its own or with lighter pasta dishes, seafood and especially asian cuisine. 

White Blends

Argentinian wine makers have an ever increasing range of top quality grape varieties to draw upon when creating blended white wines and they are now producing an impressive range to suit all tastes and pockets.

Red Blends

Argentinian wine makers have an unparalleled range of top quality grape varieties to draw upon when creating blended red wines and they are now producing an impressive range to suit all tastes and pockets.

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