Argentina, a massive wine producing nation and the most important in South America, has more than 450 years of winemaking history. Malbec, the country's emblematic grape, was first brought from France in the 1830s. Since then, Argentina's Malbec varietals, especially those wines from Mendoza, have become world-famous.

Argentines consume about 75% of their own wine production, though that number used to be far higher. Since the political and economic stabilization in the 1990s Argentina's wines have dramatically improved in quality leading to a huge increase in exporting and the great success of Argentina's wine industry. (Wine/Appellations)