Celebrate World Malbec Day April 17
World Malbec Day is April 17, a time to celebrate one of the world’s most popular varietals. Malbec was brought to Argentina from France in 1853 by Michel Aimé Pouget (1821-1875), an agronomist who was hired by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento to run the Quinta Agronómica de Mendoza. The grape found a new home in the high altitude regions of Mendoza, a place where the hot, dry conditions proved perfect for creating a very different, warm climate wine. It soon became one of the most popular red varietals in Argentina, and today accounts for more than one-third of all red grape varieties and cover more than twice the area of the next most planted grape, Bonarda.
On their Malbec World Day Site, Wines of Argentina says:
“Malbec is not just a wine. It is a fruit that generates work, individuality, culture and development. Each bottle is a declaration of what sets Argentina apart. Each bottle speaks of the hands, the dexterity and the soul of our men. This varietal expresses a way of doing things, a way of life; it involves technique, originality and passion. The deepest wines are born of the deepest longings of their peoples, those who reside in the heart. Malbec is the heart of our industry and continues to be our global ambassador.”
Biodynamic Inkarri Malbec
Our Argentinian wine partner, Proviva, found the growing region of Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo to be the area where the most authentic Argentinian Malbecs can be produced. Their estate-grown wines are produced exclusively from organic and Biodynamic vineyards located in the best terroirs of the region. The resulting varietal wines are the purest expression of the region’s outstanding calcareous soils. Organic and Biodynamic agriculture guarantee a viticulture with no inputs, where vines authentically express the character of place.
Proviva produces the Inkarri label for Natural Merchants, 100% Malbec organically grown Biodynamic wine:
Inkarri Estate Grown Malbec
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points, Best Buy 2019 Vintage
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 90 Points, 2019 Vintage
Nose of boysenberry compote, spiced black plums, cinnamon and vanilla. This wine is bold, fruit forward, and rich, with notes of blackberry liquor, Kirschwasser, cola, berry and custard tart, fresh tobacco, and dark chocolate covered cherries.