Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, this long slim country offers a vast variety of terroirs, which is reflected by the large range of quality wine styles. The country’s vineyards are on coastal plains and valleys – protected from the ice-cold Humbolt Current by the Andes, and watered by the melt from their snowy peaks. The limestone soil and proximity to the sea impart gorgeous, structured minerality and salinity to the wine. Expect crisp whites with tart fruity acidity; perfumed and subtle Pinot Noirs; and intense reds with notes of dark fruit, herbs and spices.
Sierra Grande Sauvignon
Emiliana Adobe Organic Gewurztraminer
Tabali Pedregoso Viognier
Emiliana Novas Riesling
Tabali Barranco Viognier
Tabali Talinay Chardonnay
Sierra Grande Pinot Noir
El Viejo del Valle Pinot Noir
Emiliana Novas Carmenere Cabernet
Emiliana Salvaje Syrah
Tabali Talud Cabernet
Emilliana Signos De Origen ‘Los Robles’ Carmenere
Tabali Payen Syrah
Argentina is home to some of the highest elevated vineyards in the world: perched on the foothills of the Andes, the altitude protects the vines from the dry heat of the surrounding Atacama Desert. The cool mountain air creates a fresh acidity in the grapes, and the rocky slopes bring out a lovely minerality. The height also exposes the vines to intense sunlight, which gives the grapes more antioxidants and thicker skins, equating to more color, tannin and flavor intensity. On our shelves we have plenty of those massive, jammy red wines that Argentina is most famous for; and we have some gorgeous, tropical whites; and some unusual, delicate reds from experimental producer, Ver Sacrum.
Dieter Meier Puro Corte d’Oro Malbec Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot
Ver Sacrum La Dama Del Abrigo Rojo Nebbiolo
Cadus Single Vineyard Malbec
Uruguayan wine is still in it’s infancy – this modern industry dates back only a century, but it has gained a reputation for beautiful wine, particularly Albarino and Tannat. The maritime climate of the vine-growing regions is relatively cool, and both reds and whites retain a characteristic and attractive freshness, and Altos de Jose Ignacio is a small family business which showcases the unique characteristics of Uruguayan terroir.