With Pressing Global Demand, Olives Are Argentina’s Fastest-Growing Crop

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, wine & vineyards

Good news for the olive industry in Argentina: Olives are officially the fastest-growing crop in Argentina, as global demand for olive oil and olives is booming. In 2011, Argentina exported over US$30 million worth of both products in 2011, and much of the virgin and extra virgin olive oil was sold to Brazil, Italy and the United States, the world’s number …

Mendoza Is Now Brazilians’ #2 Destination In Argentina

Patrick Archer foreign investment, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

Mendoza welcomed over 320,000 tourists in the summer month of January, as the Argentine province continues to seduce more national and international visitors with its unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities and wine tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the southern region of Mendoza was the most sought after in January with San Rafael topping the list of …

Messi By The Glass: Argentine Wine Inspired By The World’s Greatest Player

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, wine & vineyards

Like fine wine, Rosario native and Barcelona striker Leo Messi only gets better with age, so it seems only fitting that the world’s greatest futbol player have his own bottle of wine. That’s the idea behind “Leo,” a new collection from the Valentin Bianchi Winery in San Rafael, Mendoza. The 24-year-old, multiple Ballon d’Or winner has proven his ability to …

San Rafael Celebrates The Wines, Surging Tourism and Beauty of Mendoza

Patrick Archer competitiveness, culture, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

We will remember 2011 in Argentina for many things, and one of the best was the weekend we fell in love with San Rafael, Mendoza. Our original trip in April was followed by a return trip in July. Sandwiched in between our visits was San Rafael being named one of the World’s Best Places to Retire by no less an authority …

What Do You Need to Become a Winemaker in Argentina?

Patrick Archer aruba, creative class, foreign investment, lifestyle, real estate, tourism, wine & vineyards

From Bono to De Niro, the list of ricos y famosos buying their own private vineyards in Argentina keeps getting longer, as global appreciation and demand for Argentine wines continue to soar. But you don’t have to be the frontman for rock’s top-grossing act or the world’s greatest living actor to own your own vineyard and bottle your own private …