An Argentine Love Affair
Title caught your eye right! That's the objective, and for the moment I will let you read into it what you will. For the past 17 odd years I've had an Argentine love affair, that is I fell in love with the country, the people, the food and of course the wine. I thought that since yesterday was the date we celebrate, World Malbec Day, today I'd write a blog story about my love for all things Argentina -- along with a little history of the grape Malbec. Let's start with Malbec and its path to Argentina. Like the US, Argentina is a country of immigrants, and in honesty, it was the immigrants who created and perfected the Argentine wine industry. As they came to the country in the late 1800's they brought with them not only their know-how for viticulture, but also their vines.
Malbec was introduced into the country by Miguel Pouget, a French agronomist in 1868. Pouget was tasked by President Domingo Fausto Sarmiento to improve Argentine winemaking. Malbec World Day was created on the day Sarmiento, a visionary, made it his mission to transform the Argentine wine industry. Malbec in France is more traditionally synonymous with the Cahor region, where it is known as Cot, or the black grape of Cahor; and it is also found in Bordeaux. But in this writer's opinion it found its home in Argentina, where it loves the sun, altitude and dry climate.