It’s Malbec World Day!
Argentines are celebrating twofold today. Easter vacation has just begun, and it’s cleared everyone’s schedule to celebrate their national drink: Malbec.
However, patriotic countrymen and women aren’t the only ones honoring this supreme varietal, the world has joined in to fête Argentina’s emblematic grape. Over 150 events (or “crushing parties” as some have dubbed them) are taking place for Malbec World Day in 68 cities across 43 countries around the world. Buenos Aires, New York City, London, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City are all partying in the name of Malbec this month.
Why April 17th? It was on this day in 1853 that a bill was submitted to the provincial legislature to create Argentina’s first national school of viticulture. Months later, La Quinta Normal de Agricultura was established in Mendoza and President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento called on French agronomist Michel Aimé Pouget to run the school.
There Pouget taught winemakers and vinters how to cultivate the Malbec varietal, which he had carried with him from south west France. Thus, April 17th marks the historic starting point of Malbec’s journey to become the flagship grape of Argentina.
So today of all days, uncork a bottle of Mendocino Malbec and cheers to Pouget’s legacy and all those who’ve helped secure Mendoza’s place on the list of Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Images courtesy of Wines of Argentina & Bodegas de Argentina