Keywords: wine industry, wine clusters, regional system of innovation, RSI, export growth, technological catch-up, developing countries, Argentina
The awakening of the sleeping giant: export growth and technological catch-up of the Argentine wine industry
Argentina represents the fifth world wine producer, ranking immediately after Australia, Spain, Italy and France. However, the export boom of Argentine wines is very recent, and its breadth is still limited with respect to that of other New World producers. The paper analyses the key drivers of innovation lying beneath the performance of the Argentine wine sector and the key changes occurred in the main wine clusters after Argentina started entering the international market. In order to do that, it integrates the cluster approach with the Regional System of Innovation (RSI) framework.