Malbec – star of the show
Posted on April 13 2015
Next Friday, April 17, is World Malbec Day – and at The Good Wine Shop we’ll be celebrating and putting this grape centre stage.
Malbec’s history starts in France – although you could be forgiven these days for thinking it an exclusively Argentinian coup. It seems to have arrived in Argentina with French émigrés seeking a new life – and refuge – from the phylloxera-devastated vineyards of their own country in the late nineteenth century.
The great frost of 1956 in France wiped out much of the remaining French Malbec – in Bordeaux, The Loire and Cahors. The Argentinians themselves almost managed to eradicate it – pulling up some 140,000 hectares of the grape in the late 1970s. By 1980 just 10,000 hectares were left – but thankfully by then they had worked out that the marriage of Malbec and oak was indeed a felicitous one and called a halt to the vine pull programme. By 2004 exports had really begun to take off, 2011 saw the first World Malbec Day – the rest as they say is history…
There’s more information about the history of marvellous Malbec on the Wines of Argentina website.
Visit any of our three shops (in Chiswick, Esher or Kew) on Friday 17 April to try a selection of Malbec wines. You can buy any single bottle of Malbec or a Malbec blend at case price on the day – saving up to 15%. We’ll be asking customers to immortalise their Malbec memories on Facebook or by using the hashtag #malbecworldday on Twitter.