Cabernet sauvignon - South America
There are Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in several countries in South America, such as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay.
Throughout Chile’s history, Cabernet Sauvignon wines have been negatively affected by high vineyard yields that prevailed throughout the country. However, as producers focused on restricting yields, different regions began to show distinctive differences between their Cabernet Sauvignon wines in Chile.
When vineyards are planted in river valleys, the climate of the area is the main concern. However, if the vineyards are located on hills and at higher altitudes, the type of soil they are planted in becomes more important. The Aconcagua region is famous for its wines with ripe fruit flavor and fragile structure, which require additional time in the bottle to enhance these qualities.
Cabernet wines from the Maipo Valley are identified by their earthy or dusty notes and blackcurrant flavor. In warmer regions, such as the surroundings of Curicó and the Colchagua province, the grapes ripen more and give rise to wines with fruity flavors that have a slight sweetness due to ripe fruit. These wines have low acidity and are less tannic, making them more attractive to younger drinkers.
Although Malbec is Argentina’s main red grape, Cabernet Sauvignon is becoming increasingly common. Cabernet Sauvignons often have a smooth fruity flavor and are consumed young. High-quality versions are often blended with Malbec to create a robust and tannic wine with notes of leather and tobacco. No information has been omitted in paraphrasing the original text.
In recent years, more and more vineyards have been growing Cabernet Sauvignon in the Uco Valley, in the province of Mendoza. Wines produced from these vineyards, planted at higher altitudes, have been gaining worldwide recognition.