Canadians Love Argentina
And not just the country; we’re quite partial to the wine as well. If you’re not familiar with the name Zuccardi, it’s the name of the winery that produces some very popular wines. It’s said that it’s the winery that put Argentina on the wine map.Currently, Argentina is ranked the fifth largest wine producer in the world and the first in South America. With the increasing popularity of of that country’s wines, Zuccardi has become one of the most recognizable brands in this category.
“In Canada, the rapid growth of New World Wines continues, and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down,” says José Alberto Zuccardi, owner of Zuccardi wineries. “In fact, Argentinean wines have shocked the Canadian marketplace by becoming more popular than Chilean wines.” That statement is easy to prove. Zuccardi makes the ever popular Fuzion Shiraz/Malbec 2009 ($7.45), Fuzion Alta Torrontes/Pinot Grigio 2009 ($8.95), Fuzion Organic Malbec Cabernet 2009 ($12.95); Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, Mendoza 2008 ($13.95); and Zuccardi ZETA Malbec Tempranillo 2006 ($49.95). Whether these wines run to your taste or not, you have to admit that they are indeed popular.
Zuccardi’s success can be attributed to a number of factors. The winery was the first in Argentina to experiment with new grape varieties – and now, many of these wines have become popular throughout the world. Zuccardi is located in Mendoza, which is one of the eight wine capitals of the world, the winery is situated in a region that provides many natural advantages and attributes that have made it perfect for the creation of wines. With plenty of sunshine and heat during the daytime, it’s ideal for grape growing and for the creation of full ripened grapes. Zuccardi’s “Parral” training system has also aided in maximizing the potential sunlight. The training system allows for maximum solar access to the vine leaves setting the canopy at an angle facing the sun in what is effectively a solar screen.
Keep a lookout for some gems from Argentina. Zuccardi may dominate the wine scene there, but there are lots of smaller wineries that are worth trying. See the May/June issue of Tidings Magazine for tips on great Argentinian wine producers.