Nov 28, 2013
Harpers by Richard Siddle
Wines of Argentina’s breakthrough Cambalache consumer event, that helped celebrate the best wine, food, music and art that the country has to offer, has come top in an industry award for brand experience. It has also been announced that Cambalache will return in 2014 with events planned for both London and New York.
November 21, 2013
Mendoza, Argentina.- Bodegas de Argentina, an association of 240 Argentine wineries designed to advance Argentine wine both nationally and abroad, today announced the publication of Argentina’s first wine and viticulture sustainability protocol. The 173-page document marks the culmination of a four-year study with the Catena Institute of Wine in collaboration with the association’s sustainability commission, local universities and government entities.
“Our winemaking region, a high altitude desert, is different from any other in the world,” said Laura Catena, founder of the Catena Institute of Wine. “The Bodegas de Argentina Sustainability Protocol takes into consideration our geographic, climatic and social environments, and will pave the way for small growers and wineries of all sizes to farm sustainably and preserve our centuries old viticultural heritage.” Lee mas
14th November, 2013
The Drink Business by Lucy Shaw
Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to London, Daniel Pi, chief winemaker at Trapiche, revealed details of a vineyard project in Buenos Aires.
“We’re developing a coastal vineyard close to the Atlantic Ocean in Buenos Aires where we planted 12 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in 2009 as an experiment.
“The cool climate coastal thing is very trendy right now and we want to be in on the action. The wines are going to be unlike anything that has come out of Argentina so far as they have a real coastal influence, so have wonderful minerality,” he said.
“Our Sauvignon Blanc is about to be bottled and I’m really excited about it. We haven’t decided on a name yet. The idea down the line is to make a traditional method sparkling wine from Chardonnay and Pinot grown on the site,” he added.
Nov. 7, 2013
Will Lions on Wine @ The Wall Street Journal
IN ARGENTINA THEY PLANT their vineyards high. In some areas, like the Andean foothills, the altitude can be a dizzying 2,000 meters, and sometimes higher. To put that into a more easily graspable European context, that is more than six times the height of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the altitude that explains the unique flavor and character of Argentinian wines. In short, the higher the vineyards the more intense the sunlight, hence the thicker the skins grow and the more acidity the grapes acquire.
I have only ever seen this light from above, flying over the Andes on my way to Santiago. But speak with any Argentinian winemaker and they will wax lyrical about it. When I mentioned Argentina to wine consultant Michel Rolland, his eyes lit up as he talked about the purity of the mountain air and the intensity of the light.
August 1, 2013 by Julia Hollister.
Argentinean winemaker Ernesto Bajda, brought his Don Miguel Gascon Malbec to San Francisco last week along with his story of fate in the vineyards. “I believe it was destiny that I am in the wine industry,” he said. “My father and grandfather were coopers who made the wine barrels and I was supposed to be an accountant. So, it’s ironic today that they made the barrels and now I am filling them.” Read full article
July 31st 2013
Waters & Wine
By Christopher Waters, QMI Agency CANOE.ca
Any discussion of wine in Argentina is quick to single out Torrontés, … Some winemakers looking to be kingmakers wishfully call Torrontés, the white Malbec.
As you wander around Argentina, it’s easy to see why Malbec was cast in the leading role of the country’s vibrant wine industry. Widely planted across the country’s rugged landscape, it delivers impressive wines that are dark in colour, rich in flavour and velvety smooth.
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Buenos Aires Herald with Telam
Survey on consumption
In case there was any doubt, now it has been scientifically proven: Argentines like their wine. Households spend 630 pesos a year on wine and drink, an average 41 litres of the beverage, a recent study showed. Red wine leads the preferences —white and rosé wine varieties are not as popular. “Wine is mostly the choice of households with housewives over 50,” stressed Juan Manuel Primbas, country manager for Kantar Worldpanel Argentina, a consultancy. “In that segment, there is an increase in both the number of buyers and the average amount spent.” Wine is the drink of choice for households with one or two members, without kids, explains the study, which was carried out from a survey of 3,500 households nationwide. Lee mas
July 18th, 2013
By Claudia Ortiz, BeverageTradeNetwork.com
Roberto de la Mota
Winemaker Roberto de la Mota, 46, has been working full-time in Argentina’s wineries and vineyards since he was 19 years old. One of Argentina’s most respected and experienced winemakers – with a nearly century-old Argentine family, whose sole objective is to produce wine of unquestionable, superior quality wines.
It is 1500km of viticultural areas stretching from the North to the South with different terroirs producing not only great and world renowned Malbec but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Merlot, Torrontes among other varieties. During the 2012 Argentina Wine Awards, the diversity, value and quality of Argentinean Wines were demonstrated. International Jurors awarded 3 of 19 trophies to Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 to Syrah. Chardonnay, Bonarda and Sauvignon Blanc received the highest awards. A list of 14 Argentinean Wines retailing for less than U$S20 were featured in one of Wine Spectator’s editions and most of the journalists affirmed that “the country has potential to offer value and diversity besides Malbec”. Read Full Article
July 11, 2013
Patchwork Compass by Nora Walsh.
Susana Balbo is not just a woman of wine, she is a woman of the world. She is as complex and elegant as her celebrated blended wines. Over a four-hour lunch in her new restaurant Osadia de Crear at her Dominio del Plata winery in Mendoza, I was charmed by Susana’s intriguing story of heartbreak, success, motherhood and wine. Lee mas
On Saturday, June 8th, the third edition of The Federal Challenge (El Desafío Federal) was held at the NH Tango Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was an evening entirely devoted to Malbec wines, where 93 participants tasted 64 labels from different regions of Argentina. Among the attendees were winemakers, sommeliers, wine distributors, journalists, and wine lovers who enjoyed a long night of wine tasting. Lee mas
HuffPost Taste | Daniel Altman.
So you love Malbec. That’s fantastic — so do we. But how do you choose the right Malbec for you? Every province in Argentina makes wine, and most of them make Malbec. The country extends so far from north to south that it has every kind of terroir you can imagine, and there’s a Malbec for everyone along the way.
Though Mendoza makes most of Argentina’s wine, Malbecs are arriving in numbers from Salta, San Juan, and La Rioja further north, and from Rio Negro and Neuquen southwards in Patagonia. You might also be lucky enough to find a Malbec from Cordoba or La Pampa in your neighborhood wine shop. Read Full article Lee mas
June 17th 2013
Forbes | Travel | Katie Kelly Bell, Contributor.
The Steve Jobs of Wine is an apt metaphor to describe the ardent exactitude of winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs. He’s a quality fanatic. Twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Hobbs was first hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging, he then moved on to Opus One and later Simi Winery. Hobbs is also credited with recognizing, despite the skeptics, the winemaking potential in Argentina, (while we were all distracted and busy swooning over California). His efforts helped bring that region into global focus. Now he’s busy running Paul Hobbs Winery and Vina Cobos in Argentina. He’s also consulting, sharing his knack for finding good dirt with winemakers across the globe. Given his global perspective I was curious to hear his thoughts on the business of wine today, the role of critics and where he sees new frontiers. Paul Hobbs, photo courtesy of Mitch Tobias Read full article.
At the end of last year I had the opportunity to be part of the jury for the 9th edition of VinoSub30 that took place in the Rosario neighborhood during the month of November.
VinoSub30 is a contest with a jury consisting of wine tasters under 30 years of age. I was lucky to interview one of its organizers, Daniel Lopez Roca, in order to know more about this project that has existed for more than 10 years. Lee mas
Centurion Magazine by Sorrel Moseley-Williams | May 14th 2013
Although one of Argentina’s trump cards is its Malbec grape, the South American nation also holds a strong hand when it come to its wine experts. Earlier this year, Argentine sommelier Paz Levinson represented her country at the 14ème Concours A.S.I. du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde in Tokyo, reaching the semi-finals – no mean feat considering she was up against some of the finest noses in the business. Here is her top five selection of Argentine wines for 2013.
By Charlie The Wine - Wine: What Are You Paying For? “The Taste Of Tax”
Have you ever wondered how much Tax and Duty there is on a bottle of Wine, and how that affects what you get for your money?
If you’ve ever bought a very cheap bottle of Wine, you might have actually spent a little more on Tax and Duty than on the wine itself.
Our handy Infographic gives you a taste of the larger picture.