Wine has successfully penetrated the local market: it is now bought in 75 percent of Argentine households. That means one million more buyers choose wine over beer -which is purchased by 67 percent of households.
Wine enthusiasts will be able to taste a variety of labels before buying a bottle at the Alta Gama Winefest organized by the Almendariz group coming up on July 12 and 13. More than 600 wine labels hailing from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, U.S., France, Spain and Italy, as well as national labels, will participate in the event.
Carlos Cousiño, director of Cousiño Macul is optimistic that a strong 2013 harvest marks a positive turning point in Chile's recent fortunes, despite the challenge posed by ongoing trade union strikes.
It's impossible to encapsulate a renowned wine-producing country in a short list. But we're not letting that stop us from suggesting 10 wineries that you should remember the next time you're in Chile -- or, maybe, just the next time you're ordering off an impressive wine list here in the Bay Area.