The vineyards of Argentina and Chile provide the grapes for our South American wine recipe kits. Most of the wine grown in Argentina come from the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza. This area provides ample sunshine, irrigation from the melting mountain snow, and cool nighttime temperatures making for plump, deep colored wines, with smooth acidity. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are easily the most popular wines from Argentina, followed by Bonarda, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc.
Chile's wine styles were heavily influenced by the French, who focused their efforts on bringing Bordeaux varieties to the country. The country's thin strip of land is bookended by the Ande Mountains and the cool winds of the Pacific ocean. This creates three different regions. The coastal regions are ideal for cool climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The inland valleys have a warmer environment most suitable for Bordeaux varieties. And as the vineyards move their way up the Andes Mountains, the higher elevation create wines with more tannin and acidity. This area is best known for Syrah, Cab Franc, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon.