The Vineyard at the End of the Worldtells the fascinating, 400-year history of how a wine Mecca arose in the Andean desert. Profiling 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—Ian Mount describes in colorful detail the backbreaking work, brilliant innovations and backstage drama that put Argentina on the map.
“The rise of Argentine wine and the improbable triumph of the humble Malbec—the Seabiscuit of grapes—are one of the great untold stories of globalization.”—Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire’s Vinegar
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?
“Ian Mount has found an important void in the current library of wine books: Mendoza and Malbec. The history is fascinating.”—George Taber, author of Judgment of Paris