Love for Wine and Beer | Argentina Discoveries | World Nomad


(upbeat music) – Argentina’s turned me into an alcoholic, and I’m not even mad about it. You don’t say no to Argentinian wine. Argentine wine is, like, it just becomes your best friend when
you travel through this area. (upbeat music) (plucky guitar music) Argentine wine is so special, and it was even better that I got to go behind the scenes, meet Tania and Andrés, who took me to their vineyard, and I got to see how the workers worked, how they picked the grapes. Can you tell me how
long wine has been made in these valleys and vineyards? – When the Spaniard came here, it was in 1530, they started with a vineyard plantation but only for the church. And in 1910, they brought the first red grapes from France, and we call that, even
today, French variety. – I even got a couple
scissors, and cut some myself. Okay, whoa (laughing). I cut a grape and it squirted at me. – [Andrés] Well, you have
to learn how to do it. – It was actually a little
bit harder than I thought. I think we can agree that I’m
just better at drinking it, so let’s just take this
back and call it a day. (plucky guitar music) – So being in such high
altitude means that, yeah, there’s less oxygen in the air, and I talked to Tania and Andrés about how the altitude affects the wine process in general. And they’re like, yeah,
it definitely makes the taste and flavor stronger. – With the altitude and strong sun, we have a high alcohol in the wines, and we have a strong color. Everything is very very
concentrated in the wines. We produce Torrontés, which is our white, and in reds, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon. – Literally, all my favorite
things came together in one table at the end of the day. Wine, empanadas, views, great weather, it was beautiful, and
everyone joined in at the end. Salut. It was magical. Wine makes any and every situation
just perfect and magical. And when I think about Argentina, magic is definitely a word that’s gonna start coming to mind. Magical. This country is absolute magic. (twangy music) I’m a wine-o. I love wine, first a foremost, but beer, of course, is a good time too. And, obviously, anyone who brews beer, I think, is a good time, and someone you need to have in your life. – How are you? Welcome.
– (kissing) – Great to meet you.
– Yeah. Manuela, who was the owner of
La Cervecería, in El Chalten. She is such a bubbly,
vivacious personality. – Smell. – Oh wow! – Amazing, huh? – She got to show us around her brewery, tell us a little of her family history. – Our recipe is from 1673. My stepfather is from the Czech Republic. He is 6th generation of brewers. In the Czech Republic
it was first the Nazis, and then the communist, and
they took everything away. So, he escaped to Argentina, and he met my mother during the ’70s. He was, like, the
pioneer of microbreweries in Patagonia. – It’s so weird to think that, in the middle of nowhere, someone, like, was able
to build a brewery, in such a small, isolated town. – It was so far away, and nothing here. I don’t know, it was unbelievable. – They use water from the glaciers, and water from the glaciers are so pure that you can literally
drink straight from it. – The water is everything for us. I mean, you can taste
everything, like, fresh and pure. We are very thankful for it. – You know, Argentina is a wine country, so it’s kind of a bold
move to make this brewery, in a country that favors wine. So, lot of love and respect
for her, she was amazing. (upbeat plucky music) So Argentina is just a social country, and they use wine, and latte, and beer to bring each other together. It’s a culture and a country
that prides itself on staying close with your family, staying close with your friends, finding ways to bond and stay connected, and I love that. It’s pretty cool.

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