10 great-value Argentinian reds under £15

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Argentina by Marina Gayán MW: DWWA Regional Chair, Argentina

Argentina by Marina Gayán MW: DWWA Regional Chair, Argentina

Tasting through dozens of new-release Argentinian wines, I marvelled at how far they have come in the past 20 years. Locals in communion with foreign winemakers are delivering wines of more elegance and brightness than ever before. Unsurprisingly, most of the highest quality is found in Mendoza, Argentina’s largest wine region.

Value can be found in many forms: either in Mendoza blends or regional wines; second labels of top producers or top wines of larger producers, varietals or blends; established names or cuttingedge winemakers. Without doubt my value highlights are the new generation of wines from higher altitudes in the Andes. Look out for Luján de Cuyo’s full-flavoured classic styles and Uco Valley’s more elegant ones. Salta is a region to watch. Malbec’s approachability has always been its virtue. But producers are now delivering more substance to its velvety texture and blending it successfully. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda are catching up. Diversity is Argentina’s blessing but it can also be its curse when choosing wines. These 10 reds over-deliver and will lift any winter blues.

See Marina's top picks on the next slide...