Argentina is a major wine-growing nation that ranks among the top 10 wine-growing countries in the world. The wine-growing areas of the country extend from north to south over a stately 1750 km in the foothills of the Andes. The most famous and important region is Mendoza, where far more than half of the Argentine vineyards are located. Around one third of the varieties planted in Argentina are white, the most important of which is the Torrontés Riojano, an autochthonous variety related to Muscatel. The international varieties, especially Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have also found their place in quality winegrowing in Argentina and sometimes give wonderful wines.