So when you think of Pinot Noir, I bet it's California, Oregon, and, of course, France. But there are some other places out there that are making great Pinot...it's just that we don't think of them. So let's take a look at one of the more popular wine countries: Argentina.
Now most people hear Argentina and they think Malbec and rightfully so; Malbec is the grape that made the world notice that they make great wine down there. But lots of people don't realize that along with Malbec, Cabernet, and the other big reds, Argentina makes some real good Pinot Noirs.
I've been lucky enough to be able to travel down to the home of Lionel Messi and the Malbec is great, but I discovered that if you were to go outside the major region of Mendoza and venture a little south you will discover that there is great Pinot in places like Patagonia and San Rafael. These are the regions that you want to look for when you wish to try a Pinot from Argentina. The cooler climate helps the grape ripen perfectly with great fruit and nice acidity.
And the best thing about drinking Pinot from Argentina is that the rest of the world has not discovered it yet. And you know what that means? The value is incredible! I tend to eat a lot of meals that would call for Pinot, but as Pinot drinkers know they can get expensive. So venture out of the well known growing areas of Pinot and give Argentina a try.
Wines to try: