minimum percentage of a specific grape variety required
for labeling the wine as a varietal wine.
Vintage date refers to the minimum percentage of wine required from the year specified on
Appellation refers to the minimum percentage of wine required produced from grapes grown
in the appellation named on the label.
DecoDinG south AmericAnWine LABeLs
Chaptalization allowed? Acidification allowed? Varietal designation Vintage date Appellation
Argentina No Yes 85% 85% 85% for IP and 100
percent for DOC
appellations and for
the Uco Valley
Bolivia — — 85
it on your own by obtaining some maps and directions, summoning your
reserves of patience and boldness, and heading out onto the wine routes. But do yourself
a favor and hire a company to do the driving for you. It’s well worth the investment.
Below I list English-speaking contacts in the four primary wine-producing countries
whom I know personally and who will add nothing but enjoyment to your trip. They
know their respective wine areas, are acquainted with many of the producers, and are
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25 4 • t o u r i n G s o u t
Garrett had ideas about the future of wine in America that were bigger and
more enthusiastically held than those anyone else had ever dared to have.
Garrett believed, quite simply and without qualification, that America could
and would be a country flowing with wine — Americanwine. And he would
be the man to show how it was to be done. Twenty-five years after Percy
Morgan first encountered Garrett, Time magazine published a story about
Garrett to show how the wine industry was managing to survive under Pro-
hibition. By that time, Garrett, now