Next Meeting

Wine Regions of Argentina, with Ian McLaren

1st November 2019

For our November meeting, we will be welcoming back Ian McLaren, of the Central London Wine Society, for a trip to Argentina.

The wine-growing area of Argentina runs from Salta, in the foothills of the Andes at 250 South (and at altitudes of up to 3,111 metres) to Neuquen in Patagonia at 380 South (where the grapes are grown at an altitude of a few hundred metres). This is a range of almost 2,000 kilometres.

The most famous wine region is Mendoza, where much of the wine exported to the UK is produced. Here, vines are cultivated on hillsides as high as 1,700 metres. There are four main sub-regions, with the best being Luyon de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, both south of Mendoza City.

Argentina is principally known for Malbec, but a range of other European varieties are also grown, particularly outside Mendoza. Torrontes, which is possibly of Basque origin, is almost entirely grown in Argentina, generally at high altitude. Chardonnay is widely cultivated, with other white varieties being of less importance, mainly coming from Patagonia. Cabernet Sauvignon and other French red varietals are also common, with Syrah often being used as a blending grape. Italian grapes, particularly Bonarda are grown in warmer areas, and are mainly for local consumption.

The place is St Barnabas Church Hall, Pitshanger Lane. The time is 8pm. And the cost will be £20/head.

To book your place, contact us at, by Tuesday 29th October.