Argentine Fine Wine - - For several decades, Argentina is one of the major wine growing countries in the world and takes the 5th Place behind Italy, France, Spain and the USA. The Argentine wine production lies within the South African rankingsbefore the better-known wine-growing country in Europe, Chile at number one. At nearly 220,000 acres of vineyards are produced each year between 13.5 million (2004) and 14.7 million (2006) hectoliters of wine. This amount corresponds to about 5% of the world's wine crowd. While the amount of produced whites has stagnatedsince 2000, doubled in the same period, the amount of red wines produced from just under 4 million to over 9 million hectoliters.
Until 20 years in practice only simple bulk wines were produced for the local market. Convincing since the early1990s, and quality wines in the export market. In 2004, the South American country exported wine worth 431million U.S. dollars.
The highly fragmented vineyards extend approximately from Salta in the north to the province of Chubut in the south. They form in the west along the foothills of the Andes, a strip with a length of 1750 km and a width of 100kilometers.