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Bodega Noemía, Malbec 2013

The ‘grand vin’ at Bodega Noemia. Winemaker Hans Vinding Diers selected the fruit from a 1.4ha vineyard planted in 1932...

Cabernet Franc from Argentina and Chile

You might think that all the hype about Cabernet Franc in Argentina is, to borrow from Shakespeare, much ado about nothing. Of the country’s 200,000ha of vineyards, only about 700ha…

South American white wines

Picture yourself in South America. It is 1990 and you feel like a glass of wine. Back then, the quality of the reds was solid. Most were still fairly rustic,…

País wines

País is a grape variety that was brought by Spanish conquistadors to South America during the 16th century and for centuries was responsible for all the reds produced on this…

Argentina Syrah

Argentina and Syrah Malbec is not the only variety in Argentina now being made in a fresher, lighter style that is less loaded with alcohol and less influenced by new…

Mendoza produces 75% of the Malbec we see on the shelves, but you’d be wrong to assume the wines are all much the same. To ensure you’re getting the very…

Uruguay

For a memorable holiday filled with sun, sand, sea – and Tannat – head to Maldonado, Uruguay’s newest and most exciting wine region along the Atlantic Coast. Patricio Tapia reports

extreme wines

Electric and refreshing flavours are cropping up in unlikely pockets of Chile and Argentina, at altitude and near the sea. Patricio Tapia discovers the risks and rewards of viticulture in…

Chile’s Finest

With new wineries setting up monthly in Chile, Patricio Tapia recommends some of the best, who are producing great wines with a real sense of terroir