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Wine guides for the ultra curious, Approach Guides takes an in depth look at a wine region's grapes, appellations, and vintages to help you discover wines that meet your preferences.

Publisher note: The purpose of this guide is to profile the unique aspects of Argentina's wine growing regions and grape varieties; this guide does not profile specific producers or rate individual wines.


The wines of South America continue to garner global momentum, fueled by ongoing quality improvements and continued attractive price points. As part of our series dedicated to South America, we take a comprehensive look at the wines of Argentina. This Approach Guide is designed as a quick-reference resource for wine enthusiasts seeking to understand what makes Argentina’s wines unique and make informed choices.

What’s in this guidebook

  • Grape varieties. We describe Argentina’s primary red and white grape varieties, including the country’s signature malbec and torrontés. For each grape, we touch on its unique character in Argentina and the areas in which it reaches its highest expression. 
  • Vintage ratings. Our straightforward vintage ratings table affords high-level insight into the best and most challenging years for wine production in Argentina.
  • A region-by-region review. Our detailed profiles of Argentina’s wine-producing regions — Catamarca, Salta, Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan, Neuquén, Rio Negro — reveal the prevailing terroir, the types of wine produced, and what makes them distinctive.
  • Recommendations. To help in your selection process, we have marked our favorite grape varieties and regions with asterisks (*) — look for this indication as a sign of quality, consistency and good value.
  • A distinctive approach. This guidebook’s approach is unique: rather than tell you what specific bottle of wine to order by providing individual bottle reviews, it gives you the information you require to make informed wine choices on any list.
  • Information the way you like it. As with all of our guides, this book is optimized for intuitive, quick navigation; information is organized into bullet points to make absorption easy; trademark features of grapes and denominations are front and center.

One of the benefits of Approach Guides is that we can easily update content and release new editions of our guidebooks. These updates are free for existing customers. Please visit for a list of recently updated guides and instructions on downloading the new version.

Compulsive (and compulsively informed) travelers, the Raezers are the masterminds behind the downloadable Approach Guides, which are filled with a university course-worth of history and insights for 62 destinations worldwide. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Raezers share our desire for deep, well-researched information on the wonders of the world.
- Travel + Leisure

What started as one couple’s travel notes aimed at filling in the gaps in guidebooks has become — a menu of downloadable travel guides that cover cultural and historical topics of interest to thoughtful travelers.  What’s hot: Bite-sized travel guides that specialize in topics ranging from 29 pages on the foods of Italy to one that helps you explore the historical and architectural significance of Angkor’s famous temple structures in Cambodia.
- LA Times

Approach Guides encompass the whole cultural experience of a place, whether it is Ancient Buddhist Caves in India and China, Islamic Cairo, Ancient Mediterranean Mosaics, or a Guide to the Regional Foods of Italy. Each guide delves into the subject, truly exploring it (and making you want to GO THERE NOW). Perfect for the thinking traveler, Approach Guides are one of the best travel guides I’ve ever found.
- Wandering Educators

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