Every year the declaration of the national drink is celebrated; learn the story behind the Argentine Wine Day.
This November 24, the country celebrates Argentine Wine Day as a national drink. An iconic date that allows to revalue a product that is recognized worldwide.
Argentine Wine Day
In 2013, Law No. 26,870 was enacted, declaring Argentine Wine a National Drink. "Through it, the aim is to disseminate the cultural characteristics involved in the production, elaboration and consumption of wine and its traditions," they pointed out from the Executive.
Due to its great popularity, the Argentine Wine Day even reached Chinese television.
During the official act of Argentine Wine Day, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Julián Domínguez and the Governor of San Juan, Sergio Uñac, participated in the inauguration of the National Wine Tourism Conference. The event was held at the Guillermo Barrena Guzmán Convention Center in San Juan. At the meeting it was held that 11 years ago wine was declared a national drink and for two days wine tourism, its growth and projection will be debated.
Domínguez stressed that "San Juan is an exceptional place to celebrate this, to strengthen the work of wine tourism and later the development of Argentina." He also said that "together we have to face the climate change agenda, adaptation and also to bring applied technology to production in the future."
He argued that "one of the objectives of our work is for Argentina to recover, through viticulture, places in the international market made up of great powers." That is why he said that "we have to work to build a market, to increase production and to lead adaptation to climate change."
According to the official information, Argentina is the only wine-producing country in the world that declared its wine a national drink. “Malbec is the most representative strain in the country since it leads the number of hectares planted with this variety: more than 43 thousand. Although Torrontés is the only native grape, Malbec was distributed in all regions obtaining excellent results ”, they clarified.
At the same time, within the framework of Argentine Wine Day, they highlighted that Malbec is the grape with which all wineries open the field when it comes to exporting, and it was Argentina who worked with the strain and positioned it in the success it has now. "When Sarmiento went to France and brought Malbec, for them it was a discarded grape, because the climate there is not so warm and the grapes and skins do not mature as much and there was an acid, tannic, astringent wine left" they commented.
In this sense, Diego Di Giacomo, sommelier and member of the World Association of Journalists and Writers of Wines and Spirits, clarified that the French used this species to make cut wine, that is, they mixed a little with the Malbec grape just to give it colour.
Argentine wine myths
On Wine Day, official data highlights that eight out of ten Argentines drink red, white, sparkling, rosé, sweet, and dry wines; They take them at 12ºC or 18ºC, alone or diluted with water, soda, or ice. "Although many consider it a sacrilege, the custom of diluting wine is as old as the wine itself," they clarified.
In Argentina and Uruguay there is the particularity of diluting the wine because when the wine arrived in ships, after more than thirty days of travel and more than 30ºC, the custom of diluting the wine with water, ice or soda began. "They were very alcoholic wines to be able to tolerate so many days of travel in high temperatures", they detailed.
Di Giacomo argues that myths about wine must be broken. “Wine should be taken in the way that the consumer best enjoys it. There are no strains, no terroirs, no brands, no high prices, no styles of wine that determine whether a wine is good or not. It is subjectivity to the maximum, therefore, variable from one individual to another ”, he commented.
“You have to take the wine out of that place of enthronement and bring it down to the common world. There is a break with the idea that one has to take a glass of wine and know the year, the grape, the wood of the barrel. All that is a lie, it is very subjective. It is true that when you know more, the more you can enjoy what you are doing, but it is not necessary to know theories of wines but rather if you practice it, to mold your own palate. To know about wine you have to drink wine ”, he concluded.