Argentine restaurants have once again flexed their wine list muscle, with nineÂ ranking in The World of Fine Wine magazine’s annual awards and four picking up a full three-starÂ constellationÂ (read as ‘points’).
Last year sawÂ eight Argentine listsÂ enter the wine mag’s rankings â€“ which award one, two or three stars to wine lists and is now in its third year â€“ with just two, Oviedo and Pampa Roja, picking up a full constellationÂ quota.
AndÂ 2016 has seen nineÂ Argentine restaurants’ lists make the cut, slim pickings overall when you considerÂ 4,500 wine lists in the world were scrutinised. Regardless â€“ and without wishing to take away glory from those that attained and retained stars â€“ it isn’t the fairest of analyses given thatÂ the magazine’s panel only judges those menus submitted.
Buenos Aires’ Aramburu houses a fantastic cellar, for example, as does Casa de Uco in Mendoza, and one can only assume these restaurant either aren’tÂ aware of the awards or couldn’t be arsed to submit their menus.
On a regional scale, Argentina fared well given that Brazil only placedÂ three times (although Taste-Vin in Belo Horizonte picked up the Best Wine List in South America accolade) and Chile just twice.
Some 322 lists in the world received top marks overall â€“ with four of those in Argentina, the base is small and robust but there’s plenty of work to be done.
You can find Argentina’sÂ alphabetical list below.