Argentina is best known for its Malbecs, with the country's signature white Torrontés a close second. Now Pinot Grigio is in the spotlight, and no wonder with a wine offering such a delicious balance of ripe peachy fruit and stony mineral freshness.
This refreshingly fruity and aromatic white is pure Pinot Grigio ' the northern Italian variety that has shot to stardom in the last decade. It's just one of many varieties that Argentina has adopted from Italy, Spain and France due to successive waves of immigration from these countries. As a result, Argentina has one of the broadest range of grapes to draw from of any country. And it attracts some great winemakers, too ' Australian Stephen McEwen for one, who has worked extensively in France, Spain, Italy, Israel and Chile. In 1998 he moved to Argentina, where he fell in love with the country and a local lass (now his wife). The crispness and mineral aromas of Alma Andina make it ideal as an apéritif or with a variety of chicken dishes.