Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount '92 - Discussion


As I've lived in Argentine over the last seven years, I've become fascinated with how one country's identity can hold so many contradictions. It is Old World and New, First World and Developing, forward thinking and, at times, medieval. One of the subjects that most embodied that contradictory nature was the country's wine. Argentina has long produced and consumed oceans of wine, but it wasn't particularly good. Oxidized, rustic, and often made with a low-class French grape called Malbec, it couldn't be sold outside the country's borders. But today, Argentina and its signature Malbec are on the tip of every smart oenophile’s tongue. How did this happen? The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the 400-year history of how a wine Mecca arose in the Andean desert. It profiles the larger-than-life figures who fueled the Argentine revolution—including celebrity oenologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family—and describes the backbreaking work, brilliant innovations and backstage drama that put Argentina on the map. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it, and thank you for taking the time to give it a look.

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