The production and consumption of wines in the country goes back to the beginning of the 16th century, when the first specimens of Vitis vinifera were brought to America by Spanish settlers. Catholic priests who cultivated vineyards near their monasteries were important in their propagation, thus ensuring the production of wine to celebrate Holy Mass.
During the 19th century, European immigrants introduced new cultivation techniques and other varieties of grapes which found an ideal habitat to grow in the Andes and the Río Colorado Valley. In the 20th century the wine industry underwent important changes that would mark its future course: it went from mass production for domestic consumption, to higher quality, lower volume production.
Argentina’s vast extension is unique. It offers the possibility of cultivating high-quality vineyards across larger areas, creating a great diversity of terroirs. This allows to play with various grape varieties and wine styles: reds (from young and light, to full-bodied and structured), whites (from dry to fruity and aromatic), and rosés.