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About Malbec wine

About Malbec wine

Malbec is one of the most popular wines in Argentina. It comes originally from France. After some backs and forths, and after losing its prosperity in France and England it came to the south hemisphere. During 15th century reconstruction of vineyards and trade routes took place. The prosperity of France in this period allowed a remarkable improvement in transport infrastructure. The 19th century marked the decline of Cahors wine in France and England. The merchants of Bordeaux blocked the way for the British markets. In addition, French winegrowers prioritized other varieties that were better adapted to the characteristics of the soils and climates of that region. The expansion of Malbec around the world, outside of France, started in the 18th century to the east. In the 1840s and 1850s, Malbec strains began to be cultivated in the Quintas Normal of Santiago de Chile and Mendoza. Malbec adapted very well to the soils and climates of Argentina in general, and of Mendoza in particular. The winegrowers welcomed it with enthusiasm and, little by little, it expanded as the main strain of national viticulture. At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the vineyards in Mendoza were already formed by the then called “French grape”, which was the form we mainly denominate Malbec.

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