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Results from Argentina Wine Awards’ 11th Edition

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The latest edition of the Argentina Wine Awards revealed continued innovation and creativity coming from Argentina’s wine industry.

New York, NY, September 14th, 2017 – Wines of Argentina, the institution responsible for promoting the brand “Vino Argentino” in the world, held the 11th edition of the Argentina Wine Awards (AWA), in Mendoza from September 3rd to 8th. The most influential Argentine wine competition in Latin America, the Argentina Wine Awards celebrate the evolution of the country’s wines and terroirs. This edition, aptly titled “Breaking New Ground,” reaffirmed the transformations Wines of Argentina producers are driving with both innovation and creativity, in order to continue pushing forward the quality of their wines.

“The AWA have been an excellent platform for wine professionals from around the world to discover what Argentina has to offer. Argentina producers are constantly driving new ways of improving their wines, and we believe it is important for the trade to experience these innovations,” commented Alberto Arizu, Wines of Argentina’s President.

“Participating to AWA as an international judge provided me with an excellent overview of the wine industry in this fascinating country. Argentinian producers are working hard to leverage their country’s rich terroir and reveal its diversity through the wines they make. The results of their efforts were evident when judging the quality of the wines presented during the event.”

The awards gathered 300 wine professionals from around the world, including for its panel of judges, who came from the United States, the United Kingdom and China to bring international viewpoints to the judging process. The jury included Peter Granoff MS, Eric Zillier and Adam Teeter from the United States.

In order to showcase the diversity of flavor profiles offered by Argentina’s rich and distinct terroirs, this year’s tastings were organized by producing regions, in addition to the price and varietal categories set in previous editions. After the rigorous blind tasting of 12 international judges and 7 national judges, it was announced that 47 wines had obtained 95 points

A total of 17 wines received trophies: 6 red blends, 5 Malbecs, 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 Cabernet Franc, 1 Chardonnay, 1 sparkling wine, 1 white blend and 1 sweet wine: 

  • Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec, 2016 – Bodegas Fabre S.A.
  • Doña Paula 969, 2017 – Doña Paula
  • Cocodrilo Corte, 2015 – Viña Cobos SA 
  • Riccitelli & Father, 2014 – Riccitelli Wines
  • Finca Los Nobles Cabernet Bouchet, 2012 – Bodega Luigi Bosca /Familia Arizu
  • Santiago Graffigna, 2014 – Bodegas Graffigna
  • Alta Vista Premium Extra Brut – Alta Vista
  • Agostino Familia White Blend, 2014 – Finca Agostino Hnos. S.A.
  • Cadus Vistaflores Appellation Chardonnay, 2016 – Cadus Wines
  • Gran Medalla Cabernet Franc, 2014 – Trapiche
  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, 2016 – Bodega Santa Julia
  • Tito Zuccardi Paraje Altamira, 2015 – Bodega Zuccardi Valle De Uco
  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec Cabernet Franc, 2016 – Bodega Santa Julia
  • Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec, 2014 – La Rural Viñedos y Bodegas SA Ltda
  • Grand Reserve Del Fin Del Mundo, 2013 – Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo
  • Colomé Malbec , 2015 – Bodega Colomé
  • Cafayate Gran Linaje Torrontés Cosecha Tardía, 2015 – Bodegas Etchart (Pernod Ricard Argentina S.R.L.). 

Three of these 17 trophies also won the Regional Trophy award:

  • Northern Valleys: Colomé Malbec 2015, Colomé Winery. 
  • Valleys of Mendoza: Grand Medal Cabernet Franc 2014, Bodega Trapiche.
  • Patagonian & Atlantic Valleys: Grand Reserve of the End of the World 2013, Bodega del Fin del Mundo.

The Region of La Rioja and San Juan obtained their fourth Regional Trophy with: Pyros Special Blend 2013, Bodega Salentein.

Like every year, Wines of Argentina will include all wines with high scores in their promotional activities abroad, in order to transform them into true “ambassadors” of the country in International Trade.

About Wines of Argentina

In 1993, the Argentine Winemaking Association created the antecedent to today’s organization: “Argentine Top Wines,” an association formed by little more than a dozen exporting wineries producing wines that were prestigious at home and were starting to earn some recognition abroad. Nowadays, Wines of Argentina counts 200 member wineries across the country, is present in 50 countries and more than 72 cities across the world through different actions. For more information about Argentina and its wines, please visit: http://www.winesofargentina.org/ Follow us Twitter, Facebook & INSTRAGRAM

About the Argentina Wine Awards

Organized by Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR), the Argentina Wine Awards (AWA) has become the most influential Argentine wine competition in Latin America, celebrating the evolution of our country’s wines and terroirs.

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