Wine day, the national drink: the 7 most expensive bottles in the country

The November 24 is celebrated on “Wine Day, National Drink”: it is a day destined to celebrate the indigenous production of this iconic national drink that has more than five centuries of tradition and in Argentine culture.

The date was established in 2010, within the framework of the Bicentennial of the May Revolution. Through the Decree 1800, the then president Cristina Kirchner declared it National Beverage.

Then, in 2013, the Senate of the Argentine Nation ratified the proposal under the Law N 26,870 and so the wine was defined as a product with a cultural root and capable of representing Argentina in foreign markets.

In this sense, Argentina became the first country to decree wine as a national drink, a process in which also recognized the wine industry as a producer and icon of the regional economy.

Argentina is a important actor in this area globally: exports to 127 countries, generating more than 106,000 jobs directly and 280,000 indirectly. In the country there are more than 17,000 wine producers and more than 900 wineries that they commercialize with the internal and external market.

ARGENTINE WINE: THE PRODUCTION

According to data from the International Organization of Way and Wine (OIV), Argentina is the sixth largest wine producer and the ninth largest exporter globally. During 2020, it is estimated that more than 88.8 million liters of wine around the world.

Also, based on data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, product of a joint work with the National Institute of Viticulture (INV), during the past year there was a growth of 8.3% in the commercialization of wine.

The most prominent Argentine provinces in wine production are: Mendoza (75.31%), San Juan (18.45%), La Rioja (3.06%), Salta (1.76%), Cordoba (0.55%), Catamarca (0.53%) , Neuqun (0.49%), Ro Negro (0.24%), Entre Ros (0.001%), Chubut (0.003%), Buenos Aires (0.005%), Jujuy (0.003%) and San Luis (0.15 %).

THE STRAINS THAT BEST PRODUCE ARGENTINE WINES

According to the specialized forum La Riojana, a wine cooperative founded in 1940, these are the six most cultivated strains in Argentina:

  1. Malbec: one of the best known strains of Argentine wine, both in the local and global markets. Argentina is the country with the largest volume of plantations of this kind and, within the country, more than 80% of the Malbec vineyards are in Mendoza.
  2. Torronts: it is a unique strain from Argentina, a variety of white wine that is strongly associated with northern Argentina.
  3. Bonarda: similar to Malbec, although less well known, every day it takes on more prominence among wine lovers. The funny thing is that this variety can only be obtained in Argentina.
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon: the variety most consumed in the country and one of the most consumed worldwide.
  5. Merlot: Although the trend in planting this variety is down, it is still one of the most loved and consumed wines by Argentines.
  6. Chardonnay: It is one of the favorites of the Argentine market. Like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Chardonnay is one of the grapes that came from the Borgoa region and penetrated deeply into Argentine customs.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINES OF ARGENTINA

These are the seven most expensive Argentine labels on the market

1. RESERVED STOWAGE 2015

  • Price: from $ 62,300
  • Winery: Catena Zapata

Of national industry, and very luxurious, it is one of the best Argentine high-end wine cellars. In this case, it is the fusion of two varieties of the same grape: Cabernet. It is a blend, or coupage, of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In short, an exquisite and luxurious wine worthy of its value.

2. COBOS MALBEC 2018

  • Price: from $ 60,000
  • Winery: Via Cobos

Cobos is the brainchild of Paul Hobbs, a renowned North American winemaker who founded his winery 30 years ago: Via Cobos, in search of creating a world-class Malbec like no other. And just that I achieved, the Cobos Malbec World Class is, to this day, the most luxurious and expensive Malbec in the world.

3. ADRIANNA VINEYARDS WORLD SMOOTH EARTH 2017

  • Price: from $ 50,100
  • Winery: Catena Zapata

A meticulous study of the soil to achieve the perfect conditions for an ideal harvest is where the creation of this luxury Malbec has its genesis: fresh, ethnic and with an unmistakable personality. For years it has been among the best wines in all international critics.

4. VOLTURNO 2018

  • Price: from $ 49,500
  • Winery: Via Cobos

Apart from its Malbec World Class, Via Cobos does not lag behind its other varieties, this time with Volturno, the Argentine blend that came from the mind of Paul Hobbs: a harmonious blend between Cabernet Sauvignon (88% ), Malbec (9%) and Cabernet Franc (3%).

5. FELIPE RUTINI 2013

  • Price: from $ 38,000
  • Winery: Rutini Wines

In this case, one of the great wineries of the international wine industry comes to offer one of the most luxurious wines on the market: an exquisite and superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%) and Malbec (20%). ideal to delight the palate of any winemaker connoisseur or enthusiastic beginner.

6. UNI DEL BONNESANT 2019

  • Price: from $ 35,000
  • Bodega: Per Se Wines

Although not as well known as the others on the list, the Per Se Wines winery is one of the top and recognized by expert sommeliers in Argentina. In this sense, it is not surprising that they have one of the most expensive wines in the industry, nor that it belongs to Uni, the top of the range of the winery.

7. FINCA PIEDRA INFINITA SUPERCAL 2017 AND FINCA PIEDRA INFINITA GRAVASCAL 2017

  • Price: from $ 31,900
  • Bodega: Zuccardi Wines

It is one of the most recognized wineries in Argentina, and its two most expensive wines are of the Malbec variety that are developed in the most exclusive estate of Zuccardi, the Piedra Infinita estate, in Valle de Uco, Mendoza. An important curiosity: the Gravascal obtained 100 points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate magazine, a reference and specialist in the field.

 
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