News - 13.02.13
Sparkling Wines and Red Blends: Great Surprises at the 2013 AWA
The seventh issue of the Argentina Wine Awards has seen exponential growth in the level of participation of these categories.
The Argentina Wine Awards, a competition aimed at evaluating and awarding the quality and progress of the Argentine wine industry, will take place in the city of Mendoza on February 18-22, 2013. This contest has earned its place in the national and international calendar of events and attracts more and more followers each year.
The enrollment of samples for this year's edition has been a great success, with Argentine wineries displaying remarkable interest in showcasing their red blends and sparkling wines, as well as classic varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
At the 2013 edition of the AWA, the number of sparkling wine samples has increased by 220% with respect to the 2007 edition, and 30% with respect to last year's. The Argentine sparkling wine market is currently in full expansion. In 2012, this sector reached sales for a total 22,900,515 dollars, which represents 8.2% growth with respect to 2011.
Likewise, the red blend category stands out for its marked growth, having shown a 64% increase with respect to 2007. These figures are in line with the views expressed by Neal Martin, the British critic for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate who specializes in Argentine wines. After having visited Argentina and tasted more than 1000 labels, he said “Argentina's future is in its blends”. A total 1,622,041 9-liter cases of red blends were exported in 2012, for a value of 60,040,757 dollars.
Another variety that shows growing participation at the Argentina Wine Awards is Pinot Noir, which has seen a 200% increase in the number of samples presented since the 2007 edition. This reflects the market's rediscovery of this variety, with wineries and consumers turning to it once again.
Last, among white varieties, Chardonnay samples have shown a 120% increase with respect to the 2007 edition, while Cabernet Franc grew 45% with respect to the 2012 AWA. Wineries are currently showing a renewed interest in working with classic varieties like Chardonnay and the Cabernets, while highlighting the influence of each terroir to lend these grapes unique characteristics that set them apart from those from other countries.
With a view to reflecting the expansion of Argentine wines in the world and their growing importance in a variety of markets, for the 2013 edition of the competition, Wines of Argentina has selected a panel of judges who, in addition to representing various countries and nationalities, is formed by journalists, bloggers, sommeliers and winemakers of the Next Generation (2013 AWA - Next Generation). In addition, the international judges will be accompanied by six prestigious Argentine experts also belonging to the 'Next Generation'. See list at: http://www.winesofargentina.org/awa/edicion/2013/jueces.
In this way, as it happens at every edition of the AWA, Wines of Argentina guarantees the presence of a highly qualified international panel of experts with a broad view of the global wine market and thus gives Argentine wineries the chance to reflect the expansion of Argentine wines in the world.