Another South American entry, Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world with more than 4.5 percent of the market. A majority of the wine made in Argentina has been for domestic consumption, favoring grapes like Criolla, Cereza and other varieties introduced by immigrants and used to create bulk table wines. The times are changing, though.
International investment and growing interest in Argentina as the next big wine producer has changed the complexion and focus of the more than 1,500 vineyards distributed across Argentina's interior. The Malbec grape from France's Bordeaux region and the Bonardo from Italy are now among the most widely planted red grapes for use in the development of Argentina's export-quality wines.