These days, malbec is everywhere, a wine so ubiquitously loved for its bold flavor, rich body, dry finish, and low price point that it can be found at any wine store and on any international wine list. But for the majority of its wine-shelf life, it was shrouded in mystery, a wine that commanded little respect from the red-toothed masses.
Despite the fact that many people would name malbec as their favorite wine in the present, people still know little about this grape, its origins, and how it found its way into the glasses and hearts of millennial wine drinkers everywhere. There's still mystery. Here are eight facts you probably didn’t know about malbec.
It's actually not originally from Argentina
Like a tech bro who moved into your neighborhood and changed everything, malbec isn't even originally from Argentina. It's native to the southwest part of France, where it was used to make wine for hundreds of years. French viticulturists brought the malbec vine to Argentina around 1850 in hopes of finding a suitable climate in their hot and dry growing regions. It worked out well, laying the groundwork for what would become one of most loved and best-selling wines of all time.