New world wines: Latin American wines
Latin American wines have gained fame and consistency over the years, which is why they are often in the eyes of industry experts and the specialized press. That is why various media tend to be looking after real gems and make rankings to select which are the best wines in each region.
Countries such as Argentina, Chile and Mexico are the main producers and consumers of wines in Latin America, their growth has also been increasing consistently, although on a smaller scale than the United States, but the 3 countries mentioned above have grown a lot since they’ve done their production of wine really well.
Brief history of wine production in Latin America
Wine’s history on Latin America begins in the year 1524, when Hernán Cortés began the production of wine in Mexico, being the first place on the continent where grapes were regularly grown. One of the factors that allowed the expansion of winemaking on all the continent was thanks to the work of the missionaries, who required this drink to perform masses during evangelization.
Peru was the next Latin American country to have approached wine production, between the 16th and 20th centuries, however, due to various events in this territory at that time, wine production began declining.
By the 18th and 20th centuries, Chile had become the first wine producer in the region. A place that was taken away by Argentina in the 20th century, positioning itself as the largest producer of this drink in Latin America.
Influence of Latin American gastronomy on wine production
There is a good reason why wine has become so important for Latin American people, and that is due to Latin American gastronomy, wines make an excellent pairing with the exquisite regional stews. In Latin America there are many typical drinks such as tequila, pisco, rum among others, drinks that have a popular root that go from the traditional to the historical.
But a great part of them are distilled beverages, which makes them not suitable for pairing with the gastronomy of that continent. That is why a good glass of wine gets a lot better when pairing it with food from there.
Who has the best Latin American wines?
Undoubtedly the dispute for the best Latin American wines, for the most part is found in South America, only Mexico being in the North, of course, speaking only of Latino countries. Even though in countries like Peru, Uruguay and Colombia, there is a good quality wine culture, which keeps surprising wine consumers, it hasn’t reached the levels of production and quality that Argentina, Chile and Mexico offer nowadays.
Argentine wines, whether from Mendoza or Cuyo, are one of the most renowned for their flavor and quality; The culture of wine consumption is very important, due to social and cultural factors. Chilean wines have a very good reputation. They earned their fame by the quality and the great vineyards they have with a perfect climate and latitude for winemaking. These contestants are pretty tough as you can see, choosing a winner is almost impossible, and with our diplomatic zeal we declare a technical tie between Argentina and Chile, with Mexico a little behind of them, but stepping closer, however, you can put an end to this dispute with your own opinion, and that would be perfectly valid.
Some of the best Latin American wines by region
Chacra Pinot Noir 2010: Medium bright red. It’s sharp with delicate aromas of red fruits, flowers, blood orange, pepper, fresh herbs and spicy undergrowth. Strawberry, cherry and cinnamon flavors can be perceived. It’s smooth, dry, delicate and lean. The Chacra Pinot Noir 2010 wine ends with substantial powdery tannins and lingering salty notes of black fruit, spices and leather.
Catena Zapata Nicolas 2014: It has an intense and deep violet color with bluish black tones. The Catena Zapata Nicolas 2014 wine has aromas of black fruits, such as: blackberries, black cherries, black plums - with subtle notes of vanilla and dark chocolate interspersed with tasty nuances of green olive and a stony minerality. In the mouth, the wine is tremendously complex, displaying layer upon layer with flavors of red currant, eucalyptus and black pepper. Its end is long, a harbinger of the long aging potential of this Argentine masterpiece.
Mariatinto 2017: From the Ensenada regions, the Mariatinto 2017 Red Wine spends 12 months in French and American oak barrels. In addition, in the mouth it becomes intense with ripe and soft tannins. It also has a generous built-in alcohol, making it warm and meaty. If you are looking for a wine with a great start and a pleasant finish, this one is an excellent choice.
Monte Xanic Gran Ricardo 2017: It’s a clean and bright wine with a purplish hue and an intense cherry color. The Monte Xanic Gran Ricardo 2017 wine nose is frank and intense, the blackberries, cherries, cassis, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries stand out mainly, it has marked floral notes of lilacs and violets.
Concha y Toro 2008: Bodegas Concha y Toro presents this wine: Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, a red wine from the Maipo Valley with the best 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and 14º of alcohol. In the mouth, it is well-structured and pleasantly concentrated, a firm and full-bodied wine, with a long finish and good balance.
Viña Seña 2007: Signo makes this Seña 2007 a red wine with at the Aconcagua Valley with the best tempranillo grapes from 2007. The wine has a deep color, characteristic of Sena Chili. The nuts are quite noticeable on the nose. A pleasant wine, easy to drink, totally recommended, either to pair with food or simply to share with family and friends.
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- Fabianni Posteraro