Wine production in South America dates back to mid-16th century, when first European settlers came to the continent bringing with them wine. For a long time, Argentina solely focused on producing wine for the domestic market. The change came in the 1990s, when the country started to invest in producing wine of better quality which could become competitive on the international market. With 2,700hl of exported wine, Argentina is the tenth largest exporter of the commodity. The 2015 export represents a slight increase compared to the previous year, but it is still some 900hl less compared to record from 2012.