South American Wines – Variety and Altitude

South American wines are the new kids on the block but even with this relatively brief exposure to the global wine market they’ve become very popular.

The most popular grape varieties used in South American Wines are:

Red Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir

White Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontés, Chardonnay

In Comedor we make sure our South American Wines complement our menu. Our staff will be delighted to advise you on our recommended pairings or to discuss your tastes and requirements further and try to accommodate your requests from our wine cellar.

 South American Wines


Unappreciated and underused in France, this hardy red grape has flourished in the South American highlands. Here Malbec achieves a ripeness and richness completely unlike its old self. It generally comes out deep and dark, almost inky in colour. The tannins are velvety and flavours of ripe plum and berry are typical. In short, Malbec is the new Merlot, a serious red wine that’s round and smooth on the tongue. It is our best- selling wine at Comedor. Malbecs pair well with meaty flavoursome dishes such as empanadas, steaks and mixed grill.


Torrontés is a white grape. It is the only indigenous Argentinian grape variety and is the country’s most cultivated grape. The resulting wine is fresh and aromatic with moderate acidity, a smooth texture and a distinctive fruity aroma. It is often compared to Muscate or Gewurtztraminer for its exuberance, with heady floral and herbal bouquet, blended with subtle spice notes. Torrontés pairs exceptionally well with our fish dishes such as Ceviche and Sea Bass.