Today commemorates the day in 1853, when President Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. On that day, he tasked a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Among the expert’s selection, was Malbec. The expert continued experimenting with the adaptation of French varietal grapes to Argentina’s diverse soils. A decade later, France suffered through the Great French Wine Blight that affected the Rhône region.In the mean time, Malbec flourished in Argentina creating wines widely superior to those of its country of origin. Many decades later, in 1956, France faced another obstacle: a freeze wiped out the majority of their Malbec vineyards. In the following years, specifically during the ’90s, Argentina positioned Malbec as their star varietal. More than 10.000 acres were planted and it became the undeniable leader of the country’s exportation’s. Cheers!
source: Oxford Companion to Wine