When the Spanish colonised the Americas in 1557, they brought with them cuttings from grape vines, and planted them in Santiago del Estero in northern Argentina., and wine production gradually spread to other parts of the country. Argentina is now the fifth largest wine producer in the world, with the most important wine growing regions now in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. Thanks to the high altitudes and low humidity, the vineyards in these regions are rarely susceptible to insects, fungi, mould, or the diseases that affect vineyards in other countries. This means that grapes can often be grown with little or no pesticides, allowing the easier cultivation of organic wines.
Many different grape varieties are grown in Argentina, and this reflects the many immigrant groups that have settled here in the past. The French brought Malbec, now undoubtedly Argentina’s best known grape variety. From Italy came Bonarda, also known as Charbono in California. The white Torrontes is a member of the Malvasia family, which makes aromatic white wines and is originally from Greece, though widely used in Spain, and other varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay are now being successfully grown.
The beautiful province of Mendoza, with the Andes cascading behind, now produces over 60% of all Argentina’s wines. Altitudes of more than 1050 metres allows for the production of wines with lower pH levels and a more refined bouquet and more intense colour, as the temperature range is perfect for growing grapes.
Located in Mendoza, Bodega Septima produce, in our opinion, some of the best Argentinian wines around. With masters degrees in viticulture, winemaker Paula Borgo has worked in several wineries both abroad, such as Kendall Jackson in the US and Solis in Spain, and in her home country. She began working at Bodega Septima in 2003 as second winemaker, and since 2010 has been in charge of winemaking and production.
At Bodega Septima they grow a range of grape varieties including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, from which they produce a wide array of wines. The top end Septima Gran Reserva, made up of a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, is a wine that is big enough to blow away any New World shiraz lover, yet refined enough to please the palate of a more sophisticated Rioja lover. Its ‘little brother’, the Septima Malbec is a lovely, rounded everyday drinking wine, with a wonderful smoothness yet a body full enough to hold its own. The Septima Sauvignon Blanc, which is light enough to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day, drinks as well as a high end New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and their dessert wine, Septima Tardio, made using the delectable Gewurztraminer grape, will please any sweetie lover’s palate. The Septima Obra Range also all drink beautifully, with a full and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon, a more all round yet elegant Malbec, a deeply refined Pinot Noir, and a smooth, buttery Chardonnay. Wines to be savoured and enjoyed.