Argentina is the fifth-largest wine-producing country by volume in the world. Viticulture first arrived there during the Spanish colonial era, with the first vineyard established in the 1550s. But until recently, almost all of the wine produced in Argentina was consumed within its borders.
In the early 1990s, a conscientious effort was made by Argentinian viticulturists to improve quality and increase exports. Now, Argentina is starting to establish itself as a serious player in the international wine market, with a reputation for selling high quality wines at consumer-friendly prices.
More than two-thirds of the wine produced in Argentina comes from the Mendoza region, situated in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Here you'll find some of the world’s finest Malbecs, which has become Argentina's signature grape over the past 15–20 years. Other prominent growing regions include San Juan and La Rioja, which are located further north.