YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> While sparkling wine has been produced in Argentina since the 19th century, it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that production began to ramp up. In 1959 Champagne house Moët & Chandon selected Mendoza as the location for its first overseas subsidiary. Now there are approximately 160 wineries producing sparkling wine in Argentina, the majority in Mendoza and a few in Neuquén, Rio Negro, San Juan and Chubut. Tank method wines remain the most widely produced, but a growing number of producers are now making traditional method wines, including Chandon Argentina, Bodega Cruzat, Casa Bianchi and Alma 4, among others. Only around 5% of the total volume produced is exported, something many producers are looking to address. Andres Heiremans, general manager of Bodega Cruzat, says: “Eighty per cent of our wines are sold in Argentina, and the remaining 20% goes to 16 export markets. Our aim is to grow our global presence.” Roberto Meli, export manager of Bianchi, believes a personal touch is required to introduce consumers to the quali...