Mendoza wines achieved 11 medals (5 Golds and 6 Silvers) at the “VII concurso Internacional de Vinhos do Brasil”, which was held in Bento Goncalves, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The performance of Argentine wines has been the best in the history of this contest, which is very important for the World Ranking Wines and Spirits.
The award-winning wines will be published by the Adega magazine, as well as promoted in fairs and exhibitions in Brazil. The “VII Concurso Internacional de Vinhos do Brasil” took place this year in April, earlier than usual because of the Football World Cup to be held in this country.
The competition gathered 709 wines, 60% of which were from Brazil and 40% from other countries. There, Argentine wines were awarded 5 Golds and 6 Silvers. The contest increased by 90% the amount of samples, doubling the total submitted the previous edition.
In this opportunity, there were two Argentinian judges: Juan Arizu and winemaker Leonardo Castellani. This year, the competition will count on a wide spreading in Brazil through magazines, fairs and other events, therefore the awarded wines will be highly recognized.
The Gold medal winners were: Las Perdices Tinamú 2008, of Viña Las perdices; Calle Brandsen Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Calle Brandsen Malbec 2011, both of Vinorum SA-Familia Altieri; Staphyle Premium Bonarda Reserva 2007, of Bodega Staphyle; and Brioso Susana Balbo 2009, of Dominio del Plata.
Among the golds, two blends, a Malbec, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Bonarda stood out. This confirms the trend starting this year in Paris, then in New York and now in Brazil.
On the other hand, the Silver medals were granted to: Algodón Wine Estate Prima 2009 and Algodón Wine Estate Malbec Bonarda 2009, of Algodón Wine Estate; Hollen Malbec 2011, of Hollen Winery (all of them from San Rafael); Trivento Reserva Malbec 2012, of Trivento SA; Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2011, of Nieto Senetiner; and Estancia Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon Roble 2012, of Fecovita.
The awards were announced on April 11 at 12 am at the Gala ceremony.