is a black-skinned grape variety native to France
, perhaps now better known as the main red wine grape of Argentina
. Susceptibility to frost and coulure has done little to endear the variety to European vignerons, but in the higher, drier climes of South America, Malbec has come into its own. Through it success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot to fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.