The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount
Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec

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"A definite must-read for Malbec drinkers everywhere.”—Lettie Teague, WSJ.com

As wine connoisseurs know, Argentine wine was once famously bad. The grapes were overwatered, harvested in brutal heat, fermented in enormous cement pools, aged in antiquated oak vats, and then watered down and adulterated. The final product was industrial plonk, drinkable only on ice. But in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec blend beat Napa and Bordeaux’s finest in a blind taste test. Suddenly, Argentina emerged as a premier wine region with a champion varietal—what best-selling author Benjamin Wallace calls “the humble Malbec.” How did this happen?



Ian Mount’s vivid journey through Argentina’s Wild West explores the alchemy of weather, soil, and viticulture techniques that, on rare occasions, produce a legendary bottle of wine. He also investigates the dynamics of taste, status, and money that turned Malbec into a worldwide phenomenon.



Profiling the larger-than-life figures who fueled the Malbec revolution—including celebrity oenologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family—Mount describes in colorful detail the brilliant innovations and backroom politics that put Malbec on the map.



Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and Mendoza’s sweeping plains, The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the fascinating, four-hundred-year story of how a wine mecca arose in the Argentine desert. It is at once a sumptuous travel narrative, a riveting history of a fascinating region, and an intriguing business story in which a small group of passionate vintners remade their world.
 

About Ian Mount

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Ian Mount has written about wine for the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and other publications. He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
Published January 16, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 351 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Yet once Argentina’s bodegueros had modernized their facilities and methods to gain a foothold in the international market for fine wines, it was Malbec that gave put them over the top with “a world-class wine—wine that had a sense of place, of terroir.” In Mount’s savvy recounting, Malbec and th...

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Argentina’s winemaking history gets its comprehensive due in a chronicle from Mount, a freelance wine writer who lives in Argentina.

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“While not exactly an ‘Introduction to the Wines of Argentina’ book, The Vineyard at the End of the World is nonetheless a good starter book about the wines of Argentina, giving the reader a good historical sense of how her glass of Malbec came to be in her hand.”No, this is not a story about a p...

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Aficionados will lap up this history of the Argentine wine industry and its signature grape, Malbec.

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Profiling the outlandish figures who fueled the Malbec revolution—including celebrity enologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family—Ian Mount describes in colorful detail the nefarious scams, brilliant business innovations, and backroom pol...

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