Wine – the symbol of elegance and sophistication. Its popularity to us women rivals that of our number one guilty pleasure – chocolates. Yes, I dare say, the reverence we girls give to wine is nothing but extraordinary. There’s so many to choose from. Tasting and enjoying good wine is actually an art form in itself. In South America, you’ll get your money’s worth of this glamorous beverage. The lower half of the continent makes some of the best wines in the world. The following places are just some of them.
Chile’s relatively geographically isolated nature has made it a very suitable place to grow high quality grapes and berries. Logically, great fruits, especially grapes, translate to great wines. Add in oak wood barrels for wine aging and you’ve got yourself world class wines. The country’s capital, Santiago is greatly known for its great wine, particularly its Carmenere wine. Made out of carmenere grapes, the darkest and most purple-colored of all the red grapes, this wine’s rich and smooth taste would be great as a complement to red meats.
Also a not to be missed place in Chile is the Maipo Valley. Said to be where the first wines in the country were produced, Maipo is home to some of the best wineries in the world. The Concha y Toro, along with other very old wineries, is based in this sprawling gorgeous valley.
The world’s fifth largest producer of wine and South America’s largest, for that matter, is a juggernaut when it comes to the art of wine making. Mendoza, arguably the country’s wine capital, produces the world famous Malbec and Torrontes. Malbec is dry red wine made out of Malbec grapes. Having an earthy and smoky flavor, it would be great to drink with red meats and spicy foods. The Torrontes is a white wine with a distinctive fruity flavor. There are three types of Torrontes in Argentina. They are the Torrontés Riojano (the most known of the three), the Torrontés Mendocino and the Torrontés Sanjuanino.
The city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay boasts its production of Tannat. Made from Tannat grapes, said to be the country’s national grape, the Uruguayan Tannat has delicate and soft tannins. The original Tannat grapes came from France. The Uruguayan Tannats are fondly called by locals as the “cloned” version of the ones that came from Europe.
Brazil has numerous vineyards. Overcoming obstacles in the form of its environment being too hot and humid for growing good wine grapes, Brazil has remarkably made a name for itself in the wine industry. The Serra Guacha, located in the Valle do Vinhos, 120 km outside of Purto Alegre, is world renowned for producing high quality fine wines and sparkling wines. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Pinot Noir are just some of the grapes you will find grown in this region.
Clearly these South American countries have made themselves world famous for their various wines that have captured and captivated the palettes of many a wine connoisseur. So why not hop on a plane and start discovering for yourself firsthand these delicacies and start indulging your fine thirsts?