Global Grape: US Malbec Consumption Approaching Argentina Levels

Patrick Archer agribusiness, competitiveness, lifestyle, wine & vineyards

Yesterday, for the second consecutive year, celebrations were held in 45 cities and 36 countries to toast Argentina’s signature grape. For Argentine wine makers and exporters, a few toasts of gratitude must have been raised for US wine enthusiasts who now consume almost as much Malbec as Argentines, according to a new article in Cronista. Nuria Rebon  charts Malbec’s meteoric rise: …

Chinese Demanding More Premium Wines From Argentina, South America

Patrick Archer foreign investment, global rankings, lifestyle, wine & vineyards

China, the world’s fifth-largest consumer of wine, is already one of the Top 10 wine export markets for most South American countries. Chinese consumers drank more than 1.4 billion liters of wine in 2011, a number that is projected to grow to 2.2 billion liters by 2015. According to industry analysts, much of that 60% increase will come from vineyards …

Aerolineas Announces Daily Flights from Buenos Aires to San Rafael

Patrick Archer tourism, wine & vineyards

Great news for one of our favorite destinations in Mendoza: Beginning this Sunday, Aerolineas will begin daily direct service between Buenos Aires and San Rafael. We fell in love with San Rafael (aka Bonarda Country) during last year’s wine harvest, and the only impediment to return visits from BA has been the infrequency of daily flights to San Rafael. Problem …

Uruguay Wines Winning Medals Abroad; Record Exports to China and Russia

Patrick Archer agribusiness, lifestyle, uruguay, wine & vineyards

Uruguay wine is garnering a good reputation and loyal following abroad, especially in BRIC nations where demand for bulk wine is strongest. El Pais’ Pablo Antunez says Uruguay will export record amounts of both wine (14 million liters) and grape juice (3 million liters) in the first half of 2012. In the first two months of this year, Uruguay exported …

Mendoza Lot Prices Rise 18%; Best Appreciation Among Global Wine Regions

Patrick Archer aruba, average prices, competitiveness, foreign investment, global rankings, lifestyle, real estate, wine & vineyards

Mendoza lot prices rose an average of 18% in 2011, according to new data released this week from the Mendoza Real Estate Association. The analysis found while the price of the average lot in Mendoza rose 18% last year, there were some cases where annual appreciation was closer to 25% depending on the lot size, location and surrounding amenities. Los …