The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec
For generations, Argentine wine was famously bad - oxidised, unpalatable and often mixed with a low-class French grape called Malbec. But then in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend beat all contenders in a blind taste test featuring Napa and Bordeaux's finest. Today, Argentina and its signature wine are on the tip of every smart traveller's tongue. The Vineyard at the End of the World explores the question of how this happened. Profiling the outlandish figures who fuelled the Malbec revolution - including celebrity enologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs and the Mondavi-esque Catena family - Ian Mount describes in colourful detail the nefarious scams, brilliant business innovations and back room politics that put Malbec on the map.
"The Vineyard at the End of the World is written in a relaxed yet authoritative style, making it an engaging read for those with an interest in both wine and Argentina." Decanter "...his [Mount's] research has been meticulous." www.wineanorak.com
Ian Mount lives in Buenos Aires and has written about wine for The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine and other publications. Author website: www.ianmount.com