For generations, Argentine wine was famously bad—oxidized, unpalatable, and often mixed with a low-class French grape called Malbec. But then in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec blend beat all contenders in a blind taste test featuring Napa and Bordeaux’s finest. Today, Argentina and its signature wine are on the tip of every smart traveler’s tongue. How did this happen?
The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the fascinating, 400-year history of how a wine Mecca arose in the Andean desert. Profiling the larger-than-life figures who fueled the Argentine revolution—including celebrity oenologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family—Ian Mount describes in colorful detail the backbreaking work, brilliant innovations and backstage drama that put Argentina on the map.