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News - 04.08.09

German sommeliers’ visit

A group of 8 prestigious sommeliers will arrive to Argentina on August 16th. The sommeliers, invited by Wines of Argentina, will visit Buenos Aires, Mendoza, San Juan, Salta and Patagonia.

A group of 8 prestigious sommeliers will arrive to Argentina on August 16th. The sommeliers, invited by Wines of Argentina, will visit Buenos Aires, Mendoza, San Juan, Salta and Patagonia.

For a whole week, Argentina will enjoy the presence of 8 of the most important sommeliers from Germany, quite a significant market since it is the 11th export destination for Argentinian wines.

Wines of Argentina will invite the sommeliers to visit the best places as regards cuisine and local winemaking. The wine tour will start on August 18th in Cafayate, Salta, but previously they will spend a day in Buenos Aires in order to acclimatize to the “aires argentinos”. Once in Cafayate, the group will participate in Michel Torino Seminar with Etchart and Domingo Hermanos. The lunch will be in the winery El Porvenir de Los Andes with Yacochuya. At night, Colomé, Nanni and El Tránsito will be the wineries having dinner with the group.

The trip to San Juan, planned for August 19th, will start having lunch in Casa Montes with Finca Las Moras, Callia and Xumek. Then, in Graffigna, they will attend a seminar together with Rewen, La Guarda, Tierra Mayor and Antigua Bodega.

In Mendoza, the seminar will be carried out in Alta Vista with the participation of some wineries such as Malbec de Angeles, Achaval Ferrer, Catena Zapata and Foster. Then, the group will have lunch in La Bourgogne, Bodega Vistalba restaurant, together with Pulenta Estate, Ruca Malen and Terrazas de los Andes. In the afternoon, there will be another seminar in Trapiche with the presence of Trivento, Familia Zuccardi, Finca Agostini and Rutini. The dinner will be at Francis Mallmann restaurant with Escorihuela Gascón, Mendel, Los Toneles and Viña Don Martín.

On the following day, the group will travel to the Uco Valley, where the sommeliers will attend a seminar in Clos de los Siete, together with Monteviejo, O. Fournier and Lurton. The lunch will be at Salentein with Sophenia, Andeluna and Jean Bousquet, and, once they return to Mendoza, they will have dinner at Francesco Ristorante with Norton, Viña Cobos, Viñas del Golf and Bodega Crotta.

The tour will end in Patagonia, going through San Patricio del Chañar and having lunch at NQN, together with Familia Schroeder, Bodega del Fin del Mundo, Valle Perdido and Universo Austral. In the afternoon, a seminar with the same wineries will be carried out in Bodega Familia Schroeder. Finally, they will have dinner at Valle Perdido Winery.

The last day, the group will travel to Río Negro, where a “general tasting” and a lunch in the winery Humberto Canale, will be carried out with the participation of Noemia and Chacra.

 

The great stars

This promotion week will include well known figures related to the German cuisine.

- Mathias Dathan is sommelier in charge in Michelin restaurants, Caroussel (Dresden) and Cuadriga (Berlin), among them; currently he works independently in Berlin advising restaurants such as "Zander”. He also writes in the wine guide Gault-Millau. 

- Hendrik Thoma is one of the three most famous and important German sommeliers with cuisine training. From 1995 to 2008, he was Chef-Sommelier at Louis C. Jacob Hotel  in Hamburgo, 1 Michelin star, the most prestigious hotel of Hamburgo, quite famous for its winery. Nowadays, he is an independent adviser and writer, and has his own TV program in NDR channel.

- Jürgen Giesel is Chef Sommelier at Aqua Restaurante and Ritz Carlton Hotel (Wolfsburg), 3 Michelin stars, Sommelier of the "Impulse“ and “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ year.

- Lidwina Weh was Head Sommelier at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai  (Bestes Business Hotel, Middle East) and was in charge of 16 restaurants from 2005 to 2008.Since 2008, she is Chef Sommelier at Louis C. Jacob Hotel  in Hamburgo, 1 Michelin star.