Argentina, Chile, Mendoza, Central Valley

The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s.

Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine.

The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.
Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.
In terms of viticulture the central valley of chile (spanish: valle central) spans the o'higgins region (vi) and maule region (vii) administrative regions and the administrative metropolitan region, and is the main growing zone for chilean wine and coincides with the historical core of the chilean central valley.

This is chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due predominately to its proximity to the national capital santiago.

It is located directly across the andes' from one of argentina's wine regions: mendoza province. Within the central valley there are four wine growing region subregions: the maipo valley, the rapel valley, the curicó valley and the maule valley.
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  1. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PORTILLO MALBEC 2019
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, this outstanding value Argentinian Malbec is a consistent favourite of staff and our regular customers. Displaying a fresh and fruity nose, enhanced by hints of plums, black berries and a touch of vanilla. The palate ... Learn More
  2. ESQUINAS DE ARGENTO MALBEC 2018
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbvec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902! This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 26 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 24 days. Wild ... Learn More
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  3. BODEGA VOLCANES DE CHILE PINOT NOIR 2018
    “The Chilean volcanic terroir is nothing but dynamic. Many of our vineyards are located on mature volcanic – igneous regions, where soils are a result of the weathering processes that have occurred over millions of years. However, we also have vines ... Learn More
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  4. BODEGA VOLCANES DE CHILE CARMENERE 2018
    “The Chilean volcanic terroir is nothing but dynamic. Many of our vineyards are located on mature volcanic – igneous regions, where soils are a result of the weathering processes that have occurred over millions of years. However, we also have vines ... Learn More
  5. BODEGAS SALENTEIN 'BARREL SELECTION' MALBEC 2018
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, a multi-award winning Malbec from Argentina that is a real hearty and full-bodied wine. On the nose, it is intense and complex with outstanding aromas of red fruits, black berries, as well as delicate floral ... Learn More
  6. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2016
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
  7. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ALTA MALBEC 2013
    The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades. ... Learn More
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  8. CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE STONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones. "The 2013 White Stones Chardonnay had penetrating balsamic aromas ... Learn More
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  9. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ARGENTINO MALBEC 2012
    No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than 100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. ... Learn More
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  10. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE BONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholás Cantena and his daughter Laura. "The superb, elegant and aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay seemed to jump out of the glass with ... Learn More
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  11. BODEGA ​CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'MUNDUS BACILLUS TERRAE' MALBEC 2011
    The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are ... Learn More
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  12. ALMAVIVA PUENTE ALTO 2017
    100 points from James Suckling - the best of the best. Almaviva 2017 is yet another superb vintage produced by joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton Rothschild and the Chilean power-house Concha y Toro. The union brought together exceptional ... Learn More
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