Argentina is known for its wines made from malbec and Chile for its carmenère (which was once thought to be merlot). Both countries are also known for their food specialities, asado (grilled meat) and empanadas (a type of small pie).
But it is a mistake to think that it is only about that. Argentina has an almost unique white grape called torrontés, aromatic and elegant. There are all the classic “international” grapes and there is plenty of experimentation.
Chile has some of the world’s oldest vines and the very old grape family criolla is starting to become super trendy (eg país). Same thing for the food. Chile has an almost endless coastline and thus fish and shellfish in abundance.
Argentina has many influences from the “Old World”, above all from Italy, which you can also see in the food. Both in terms of wine and food, there is plenty to discover, delicious, surprising, traditional, innovative.
A whole world (almost) to explore.
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Wine tour to Chile-Argentina, January 16-29, 2023