Argentina Argentinean wine is a rapidly evolving story. Once largely overlooked, today Argentina is the world's fifth largest wine producer. The latest fine wine chapter is currently being written in the high-altitude vineyards of Salta and the cool southern region Patagonia. Like neighbouring Chile, Argentina benefits from natural vine-growing advantages. The altitude of Argentina's newest vineyards - some as high as 2,400 metres - would seem unthinkable by European standards, yet it's here that some of the most exciting wines are grown. Warm days and cool nights provide a long, slow ripening period - so more aromatic grapes - and dry mountain air guards against vine disease. Malbec is as important to Argentina as Shiraz is to Australia. It's among the country's most widely planted varieties and the grape behind its finest reds. But that is only part of the story. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah are joined by more eclectic grapes such as Tannat and Bonarda. Among whites, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho and the distinctive Torrontés thrive. Investment from world-famous names such as Moët et Chandon, Château Cheval Blanc (of Bordeaux) and international giant Pernod Ricard (owners of Jacob's Creek) have secured Argentina's wine future. TONY LAITHWAITE ON ARGENTINA In this clip, Tony talks about the natural advantages and winemaking developments which have made Argentinean wine so popular today. Popular grapes Malbec, Bonarda, Torrontés, Verdelho, Pinot Noir Famous Producers Fabre Montmayou, Andean vineyards, Colome, La Riojana Principal regions Mendoza, San Juan, Famatina Valley, Patagonia, Salta, Catamarca Climate Continental Did you know? With its deep-rooted Spanish and Italian heritage, Argentina has one of the strongest natural wine cultures of any country outside Europe. Malbec was brought to Argentina from pre-phylloxera France in the 1850s making the quality of its Malbec vines today second to none. Argentina boasts some of the world's highest vineyards with several now planted at over 2,000 metres. You might like to try ... The Waxed Bat Shiraz Cabernet Malbec 2012 Gorgeous rich red with Trophy winning history from Argentina's brilliant Opi Sadler Read the reviews Argentina Shiraz Still Red Wine £8.99 a bottle £8.99 a bottle £8.99 a bottle 12 bottles £107.88 6 bottles £53.94 1 bottle £8.99 C6410112|107.88|12|4|84 Q6410100|8.99|1|4|84 B6410108|53.94|6|4|84 QTY Please confirm that you wish to reserve this wine for future delivery Reserve this case? Opi Malbec 2012 Latest release of Malbec from Argentina's Trophy winning star, Opi Sadler. Vibrantly fruity Rate this wine Argentina Malbec Still Red Wine £7.99 a bottle £7.99 a bottle £7.99 a bottle 12 bottles £95.88 6 bottles £47.94 1 bottle £7.99 Q6410200|7.99|1|0|0 C6410207|95.88|12|0|0 B6410207|47.94|6|0|0 QTY Please confirm that you wish to reserve this wine for future delivery Reserve this case? The Forefather Gran Selección Malbec Shiraz 2010 Argentina's flagship grape, Malbec, is given the all-star treatment in this bestselling red Rate this wine Argentina Malbec Still Red Wine £8.99 a bottle £8.99 a bottle £10.99 a bottle 12 bottles £107.88 Save £24.00 6 bottles £53.94 Save £12.00 1 bottle £10.99 B6411305|53.94|6|0|0 Q6411300|10.99|1|0|0 C6411308|107.88|12|0|0 QTY Please confirm that you wish to reserve this wine for future delivery Reserve this case?