In The Land Of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah Gaining Ground

Patrick Archer agribusiness, lifestyle, real estate, wine & vineyards

Argentina may now be synonymous with Malbec, but some other red vines have seen exponential growth in the number of hectares planted in recent years.

In The Country of Malbec, Cabernet & Syrah Wines Gain Market Share is the headline of Nuria Rebon’s detailed analysis in today’s Cronista. Indeed, Malbec is the most commonly planted vine in Argentina accounting for 33,866 hectares (83,684 acres) or 34% of all reds. The total area planted with Malbec has doubled since 2002 and more than tripled since 1990.

And while Malbec’s growth has been steady, it’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that have surged in the total number of hectares planted, a trend attributed to the Argentina wine industry’s decision to shift the national production model toward higher quality grapes and wines.

While Bonarda is the second most popular grape behind Malbec, Argentina has seen a 420% increase in the number of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted since 2002 and over 700% since 1990. Today Cabernet Sauvignon is growing on 16,179 hectares (40,000 acres) of Argentine vineyards.

Similarly, the total area planted with Syrah has grown from only 687 hectares in 1990 to 12,947 hectares last year. Rebon says Mendoza is the Argentine province with the most hectares of Syrah planted; however, San Juan is the province where growers chose Syrah as the region’s signature grape. (Full Story in Spanish)

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