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News - 20.02.16

Argentina Wine Awards 2016: A jury of excellence selects the best Argentine wines

On the tenth anniversary of the most important contest of Argentina's wine industry, international professionals from Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, and the USA; and prominent local personalities announce the winners of the Argentina Wine Awards 2016.

On the evening of Friday 19th, at a crowded cocktail party at Bodega Lagarde, the winners of the Argentina Wine Awards 2016 were announced, the most important contest in the Argentine wine industry organised by Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR).

During the seminar "Creating the Future" which was held in the morning at the Intercontinental Hotel attended by over 300 representatives of the industry,- the international judges presented the characteristics of different wines from the USA, Australia, France, Spain and Chile which in their opinion are successful in their markets.

Furthermore, on a panel called "Major market trends and possibilities for Argentine wine," specialists spoke about consumer behaviour, preferences, current purchasing patterns, consumption characteristics, the performance of Argentine wines in each of these markets and the challenges ahead for the flagship variety of Argentina, Malbec, its blends, other varietals and styles of wine.

Advantages, opportunities and a global overview of what is happening in markets like the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, China, Chile, Sweden and the United Kingdom and a broad view of Europe and the world in the hands of Alberto Antonini, rounded off a day of training, updating and networking.

Communication strategies, adapting to change, creativity and examples of cases that achieved success on the way to market were part of the theme that was addressed in the seminar aimed at presenting a theoretical and practical platform for Argentine wines and the industry in general, to think about their next steps, their growth and further evolution.

After a week of careful tasting conducted by 13 international judges and 7 national professionals who tasted 672 samples, the results were:

In the category Regional Trophies, which seeks to encourage the participation of wineries from all regions, the winners were: Valles del Norte, Serie Fincas Notables Tannat 2013, Bodega El Esteco. Valles de San Juan, Pyros Single Vineyard Malbec 2013, Pyros Wines. Valles de Mendoza, Numina Gran Corte 2013, Bodegas Salentein. Valles Patagónicos, Riccitelli Old Vines Semillon 2015, Riccitelli Wines.


Chardonnay Trophy, Retail U$S 13.00 – 19.99, Medalla Chardonnay 2014, Bodega Trapiche.

Torrontés Trophy, Retail U$S 13.00 – 19.99, Ciclos Torrontés 2015 Bodega El Esteco.

Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy, Retail U$S 30.00-49.99, Viña Cobos Bramare Luján de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.

Malbec Trophy, Retail: U$S 13.00-19.99, ‘The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree’ 2014, Riccitelli Wines.

Malbec Trophy, Retail: U$S 20.00-29.99, Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata.

Malbec Trophy, Retail: U$S 30.00-49.99, Dedicado Malbec 2014 Finca Flichman.

Malbec Trophy, Retail: U$S 50+, Bramare Touza Vineyard Malbec 2013, Viña Cobos.

Red Blend Trophy, Retail: U$S 6.99 – 12.99, Altaland Tinto Histórico 2015. Bodegas Esmeralda

Red Blend Trophy, Retail: U$S 30.00-49.99, Porvenir Icon 2013 El Porvenir de Cafayate.

Red Blend Trophy, Retail: U$S 50+ Anthology XXXVIII 2012, La Rural Viñedos y Bodegas.

For this 10th edition, two new awards were introduced:

  • Best young winemaker - Germán Berra, Bodega Finca Flichman was the big winner.
  • The Award for personality of the past 10 years, was presented to Dr. Nicolas Catena Zapata. For his collaboration in developing the Argentine wine industry.

For the “best young winemaker," the goal was to recognise the work of the new generation of professionals under 40 and in this sense, each winery put forward their winemaker, communicating which wines were made by them. So the wine produced by these young winemakers that obtained the highest score won the prize.

The award for “personality of the last 10 years," was voted on by the wineries in two stages. In the first round the wineries chose a candidates and had to explain their reasons and the ten possibilities with the most votes passed to the second round where they voted for the winner. The idea of this special award is to recognise the work that the individual has done to put the Argentine wine business on the map.

On this tenth anniversary Guillermo Barzi (j) the 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. "

That excellence is represented by the winners of the AWA 2016, reflecting the growth of Argentine wines in the world with the participation of a prominent international and national jury composed of: Yang Lu (China), Anthony Gismondi (Canada) Marcos Flores Tlalpan (Mexico), Sarah Jane Evans MW (England), Jennifer Luk (Hong Kong), Göran Klintberg (Sweden), Paul Hobbs (USA), Phil Crozier (England), Adolar Hermann (Brazil), Alberto Antonini (Italy ), Jorge Lucki (Brazil), Patricio Tapia (Chile) and Philip MS Virginia (USA). National jurors were Sebastián Zuccardi, Roberto de la Mota, Daniel Pi, Andrea Marchiori, Valeria Antolín, Mariano Di Paola and Jose "Pepe" Galante.

In this tenth edition of the Argentina Wine Awards 2016: "10 years creating the future", was attended by over 300 winery owners, winemakers, provincial authorities, managers of the wine industry, jurors and journalists. 133 wineries participated presenting a total of 672 samples.

Rewarding both the quality and the progress of Argentina's wine industry, 4 Regional Trophies, 10 Trophies, 16 Gold Medals, 257 Silver Medals and 317 Bronze medals were awarded.

Today, the industry is facing new challenges of Argentine Viticulture. Therefore, the anniversary edition of the AWA 2016 looked at these 10 years of work and reaffirmed that Argentine wines are creating the future. A future full of hope and one that is moving forward in an industry that is constantly evolving.

To download the full list of winners click here.