April 17th is World Malbec Day, so why not treat yourself to a glass of wine?
Celebrated on April 17th every year, World Malbec Day commemorates the day when former Argentinean president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento decided to transform the country's wine industry by introducing vines from France, one of which was Malbec. While experimenting with the addition of new vines, Malbec quickly became a frontrunner, cementing its place as the country's leading wine varietal.
Malbec vineyards are mostly planted at an altitude close to the Andes, meaning that the grapes are exposed to heat during the day and cool temperatures overnight, which helps the grapes to grow so close to the equator. Only about 200mm of rain falls each year, but water from melting glaciers atop the mountains means that the vineyards are well irrigated, creating a surprisingly balanced growing environment.
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Malbec is now synonymous with Argentinean wine and is now well-known in Ireland. One of the most delicious Malbec's available here is Terrazas de los Andes, which was introduced to the region by French winemaking specialists in the early 19th century. The wine is made from grapes that were grown and aged in vineyards for 20-80 years. With hints of red fruits, like cherries and plums, and notes of violets and vanilla on the nose, Terrazas de los Andes is a full-bodied wine that pairs very well with beef.
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec won Argentine Wine Producer of the Year 2018 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, so it's definitely a good choice if your planning to celebrate World Malbec Day today. Terrazas de los Andes wines are available from independent wine specialists nationwide, with Terrazas Malbec 2017 sold at RRP €25.70.