5 South American Wine Varieties You Need to Know
Bonarda is back. By the way, the Bonarda in Argentina is a different grape than the Bonarda from Italy and is also known as Charbono, Corbeau or Douce Noir.
Historically pipped as Malbec’s little brother, it was often seen as an alternative to Malbec, and vinified in the same way. More traditional Bonarda wines are jammy and fruit-forward coming from warmer regions.
Fresh, flirty Bonarda
Treated with shorter maceration periods and some whole cluster carbonic maceration, this new clan of Bonarda are lighter, fruitier and perfect to enjoy chilled over lunch. The rise in light sparkling pink wines coming from the variety is also something to cast your eye on.
- Key regions: Lujan de Cuyo (the sub-regions of Vistalba and Ugarteche), Tupungato.
- Names to look out for: Alto Las Hormigas “Colonia Las Liebres”