Winners of prestigious Argentina Wine Awards announced
The Argentina Wine Awards celebrated its tenth anniverary last week at a major event attended by over 300 winery owners, winemakers, provincial authorities, managers of the wine industry, jurors and journalists.
Some 133 wineries submitted a total of 672 wines to the competition, which is organised annually by Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Wine Corporation.
New to the awards this year were categories for best young winemaker and personality of the last 10 years.
The best young winemaker award has been created to to recognise the work of the new generation of professionals under 40.
This year, it went to Germán Berra of Bodega Finca Flichman.
Nicolas Catena Zapata won the personality of the decade award for his collaboration in developing the Argentine wine industry.
Among the principal wine awards, Altaland Tinto Histórico 2015 from Bodegas Esmeralda won the Red Blend Trophy in the $6.99 to $12.99 category.
There were three trophies awarded in the $13 to $19.99 price bracket.
The winners were the Medalla Chardonnay 2014 from Bodega Trapiche; the Ciclos Torrontés 2015 from Bodega El Esteco; and ‘The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree’ 2014 Malbec from Riccitelli Wines.
Ben Marco Malbec 2013 from Dominio del Plata took home the Malbec Trophy for wines in the $20 to $29.99 range.
In the $30-to-$49.99 price bracket, trophies were won by the Bramare Luján de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Viña Cobos; the Dedicado Malbec 2014 from Finca Flichman; and the Porvenir Icon 2013 from El Porvenir de Cafayate.
Two wines in the $50+ category took home awards.
They were the Bramare Touza Vineyard Malbec 2013 – another win for from Viña Cobos – and the Anthology XXXVIII 2012 from La Rural Viñedos y Bodegas, which took the Red Blend Trophy.
There were four regional trophy winners.
Bodega El Esteco took the trophy for the Valles del Norte with its Serie Fincas Notables Tannat 2013.
Pyros Wines won in the Valles de San Juan with its Pyros Single Vineyard Malbec 2013.
The Numina Gran Corte 2013 won the Valles de Mendoza trophy for Bodegas Salentein.
In the Valles Patagónicos, Riccitelli Wines took the award for its Riccitelli Old Vines Semillon 2015.
Guillermo Barzi, president of Wines of Argentina, said: “The Argentina Wines Awards allows us to actively shape the future and share our passion with the world.
“Over the past 10 years the presence of our wines has grown hugely, gaining new markets which now know our winemaking philosophy, the variety of our terroirs and our varietal star: Malbec.
“The national industry has experimented, innovated and perfected to create a bright future of excellence with the AWA accompanying this growth."
The international judges for the Argentina Wine Awards 2016 included China’s Yang Lu, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Phil Crozier from the UK, Jennifer Luk from Hong Kong, Sweden’s Göran Klintberg, and Italy’s Alberto Antonini.
Judges from Argentina included Andrea Marchiori, Valeria Antolín and Mariano Di Paola.
The award-giving ceremony this year was held at Bodega Lagarde.