Argentine wines big winners at Decanter World Wine Awards
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Argentina has triumphed at the Decanter World Wine Awards, winning the most International Trophies of any single country in the history of the competition.
The Decanter World Wine Awards were presented at a dramatic dinner and ceremony in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden last night, attended by the cream of the world’s wine industry.
Of the 25 International Trophies, chosen from over 12000 entries, more and more of the top prizes went to Argentina as the evening went on.
First Pernod Ricard-owned Etchart won Dry Aromatic Under £10 for its Privado Torrontes, then Terrazas de los Andes – owned by Moet-Hennessy – won the same award in the Over £10 category, for its Seleccion Torrontes.
The Red Bordeaux Varietal Trophy Under £10 went to Viñalba for its Patagonian Cabernet-Merlot – a third triumph for a winery that was only founded in 2008 and has already won two International Trophies.
Co-owner and winemaker Herve Joyaux Fabre, a Bordelais, told Decanter.com he was ‘happy to have made a different blend, European in style but with Argentinian character.’
Then both Red Single Varietal Trophies – in the Under and Over £10 categories – went to Argentinian wineries: Argento for its Bonarda 2010 and Bodegas Dos Andes for its Chalten Malbec Coleccion 2009. Martias Bambach, CEO, said, ‘this has happened in a special moment. We’re going through changes; I arrived as CEO just five months ago; all of these things give us an extra push to keep moving forward.’
Lastly, the Red Blend Over £10 Trophy was won by Mendoza’s Finca Sophenia, for Synthesis.
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