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terms of size and production, Argentina is the most important wine-producing
country in South America. Only four other countries produce more
Of the 600,000 acres of vineyards, almost 50 percent are planted
with pink-skinned varieties, 30 percent with white-skinned varieties,
and just 20 percent with red-skinned varieties. But the new wave
of optimism is fast changing these proportions in favour of premium
varieties and styles, particularly reds, that are now allowing top Argentinian
wine producers to compete successfully internationally. Considerable
investments in new vineyard areas and improved wine-making technology
were made in the 1990s and the Argentine desire to export is now
one of the most manifest in the world of wine.