Malbec is known as the dominant grape of Argentina, but Chile also produces some fabulous wines from the French blending grape.
Malbec is originally from the Bordeaux region of France where it is used as a blending grape. It was brought to South America in 1850 and has since found its home at high altitudes in Argentina and Chile.
Malbec is a thin-skinned varietal that requires a lot of sun to ripen. Regions such as Maipo, Colchagua, and Maule are producing excellent Malbecs despite the growing conditions being very different in each region.
Malbec loves big bold flavors and extremely juicy meats. Don’t be afraid to work in some sweet and spicy sauces, to crisp things up on the barbeque, or stew it out in the crock pot.