Wine production in Argentina surpassed 8.4 million hectoliters in 2018, and, although experiencing a decreased production since 2015, forecasts are still promising. In 2017 and 2018, Argentina was the major producer of the fermented beverage in Latin America, followed by Chile and Brazil. The vineyard surface area in Argentina amounted to around 222 thousand hectares in 2017. The Mendoza region accounts for most of the grape crops and wine production.
Regarding types of wine, the most produced ones based on crop surface area in 2017 were the red varietals, specifically Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. The production of white varietals that year, on the other hand, was not as significant. The most produced white wines in Argentina are Torrontés, Chardonnay and Chenin.
Argentina is not only one of the main producers of the alcoholic drink, but one of the largest exporters and consumers as well. Worldwide, the South American country supplies the alcoholic beverage to dinner tables in countries such as the U.S., the United Kingdom, Spain and Canada. Exporting is a priority for the wine industry in Argentina, yet most of the production is consumed by the domestic market.
When it comes to consumption, the average consumption by person in the country was of two glasses during the weekends in 2016, while the total wine consumption was approximately 18.86 liters per person in 2018. In 2017, 19 to 35 year olds were the largest consumers of wine.