Patricia Freuler was the first woman to be named President of Bodegas de Argentina. Her work for gender rights and equal opportunities has set an example within the institution and across the industry.
Everyone is familiar with Chardonnay, a white grape variety grown in Argentina and all across the world. But it’s not so commonly known that it’s not actually the most extensively grown in the country. In fact, comes in third on a list of the varieties with the most surface area under vine in Argentina with 5863 hectares of a total, as of January 2021 of 35,845 hectares of white grape vines. So, which are the two most widely grown and what others make up the list of the top 12? What are the white varieties most commonly found in Argentina?
The experience of eating the prickly monster that is the Centolla, or Chilean King Crab, involves much more than enjoying its tender flesh. Its arrival at the table is a show in itself: the intense orange colour, the knobbly, spiky carapace and threatening claws and legs might well put off more squeamish diners but once you’ve get past the tough exterior and try the extraordinarily tender flesh you’ll be hooked for life. So how best to cook it at home? It seems daunting but in fact it’s surprisingly simple. Before getting to the master recipe, let’s learn a little more about the sea creature.
Tannat has been grown in Argentina since the end of the 19th century when European immigrants brought it and several other varieties along with them as a taste of home, marking the beginning of quality viticulture in Mendoza. But in spite of its 125 year history in the country, the variety, originally from the south-west of France and currently the iconic grape of Uruguay, has never seemed to interest local winemakers in same way as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. That, however, looks to be beginning to change.