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South America

South America is fast becoming one of the most talked about wine regions in the world.

Argentina is one of the most important wine-producing countries in the, New World and the largest producer of wine in South America. The high-altitude deserts of the eastern Andes have given rise to a high-quality wine industry and the terroir here is well suited to Argentina’s adopted grape variety, Malbec.

Occupying a thin strip down the western coast of the continent, Chile is home to a wide range of wine styles from the crisp, grassy Sauvignon Blanc of the Casablanca and Elqui valleys to the elegant, age-worthy reds made in both Maipo Valley and Colchagua.

Brazil is the largest country in South America but it ranks behind its near-neighbours Argentina and Chile in terms of acreage under vine. The quality and quantity of Brazilian wines are increasing year on year. Brazil’s best-known wines are its sparkling whites. The State of Rio Grande do Sul (‘great river of the south’) is home to two key regions: Campanha (on the border with Uruguay) and Serra Gaucha, home to Brazil’s sparkling wine capital, Bento Goncalves.

The 2014 home to football’s World Cup has enjoyed world wide attention to its wines and we look forward to introducing many new wines from Brazil over the coming months.

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