Grape growing has been important in the region since a flood of European immigrants appeared in the early 1800s. It really took off following the development of a railroad to Mendoza, the premier wine region. This region continues today to be the source of most of the wine produced in Argentina.
This grape caught the attention of a growing number of wine consumers as a red wine with a depth of flavor at a reasonable price. While cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes are starting to get critical attention, it is still malbec that sets the tone for Argentine wines.