|Some geographic and climatic info about Argentina and its wine regions: locations, rainfall, climate (left to right)|
|Criolla, or Tinta Amarela, grapes|
The first vineyard dates to the 1550s, and vineyards in Mendoza were planted shortly thereafter. The first Malbec grapes were brought to the Mendoza area by Miguel Pouget (a French agronomist). As the wine industry developed in the West, an increasing pressure by producers including Tiburcio Benegas, owner of El Trapiche estate, led to the development of the now abandoned Argentine railway (another story in itself… the railway at its peak extended 47,000 miles, but when privatization occurred the railway fell into disrepair).
|Consulting winemakers: France's Michel Rolland (left) and California's Paul Hobbs (right)|
|hail in Mendoza, courtesy of http://www.stormtrack.org/|
|Malbec, from Cahors (left) and Mandoza (right)|