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Overview

While South Africa enters an uncertain political and economic future, the wines produced around the Cape Town are becoming better and better. Many wineries now produce wines which are at the international level and which have the advantage of being quite reasonable due to the decline of the Rand over the last year.

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Climate

Argentina enjoys a great climate for winemaking: warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to slowly develop and ripen; while the Andes Mountains, which divide Argentina and Chile, provide unlimited water for natural irrigation. In recent years, the country has made strides in quality and value, and, as the world is quickly learning, Argentina has the capability to produce excellent, full-bodied reds.

The most commonly planted red wine grape varietals are: Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera and Pinot Noir; with the most common white varietals being: Pedro Ximenez, Torrontes, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Semillon, and Viognier.

Mendoza

Mendoza is the heart of winemaking in Argentina. This dry region lies at the eastern foot of the Andes Mountains. The altitude (1,800 meters) provides an ideal climate: warm, sunny days, cool nights and fog in the fall. Although global wine companies have invested a lot here in recent years, many of the best vineyards are still owned and operated by local families with generations of winemaking experience. Mendoza is known for its Malbecs - deep colored red wines with excellent balance of tannins and fruit.

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