Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

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The 11th version of the Argentina Wine Awards was themed around ‘breaking new ground’ and showcasing the diversity of wines from the variety of Argentinian terroir.

The wines were tasted blind by 12 international and seven national judges – brought together by Wines of Argentina and the Corporación Vitivinícola Argentina (COVIAR).

There were seventeen trophy winning wines: six red blends, five Malbecs,  one Cabernet Sauvignon, one Cabernet Franc, one Chardonnay, one sparkling wine, one white blend and one sweet wine.

Trophy winning wines:

  • Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec, 2016 – Bodegas Fabre S.A.
  • Doña Paula 969, 2017 – Doña Paula
  • Cocodrilo Corte, 2015 – Viña Cobos SA
  • Riccitelli & Father, 2014 – Riccitelli Wines
  • Finca Los Nobles Cabernet Bouchet, 2012 – Bodega Luigi Bosca /Familia Arizu
  • Santiago Graffigna, 2014 – Bodegas Graffigna
  • Alta Vista Premium Extra Brut – Alta Vista
  • Agostino Familia White Blend, 2014 – Finca Agostino Hnos. S.A.
  • Cadus Vistaflores Appellation Chardonnay, 2016 – Cadus Wines
  • Gran Medalla Cabernet Franc, 2014 – Trapiche
  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, 2016 – Bodega Santa Julia
  • Tito Zuccardi Paraje Altamira, 2015 – Bodega Zuccardi Valle De Uco
  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec Cabernet Franc, 2016 – Bodega Santa Julia
  • Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec, 2014 – La Rural Viñedos y Bodegas SA Ltda
  • Grand Reserve Del Fin Del Mundo, 2013 – Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo
  • Colomé Malbec , 2015 – Bodega Colomé
  • Cafayate Gran Linaje Torrontés Cosecha Tardía, 2015 – Bodegas Etchart (Pernod Ricard Argentina S.R.L.).

Regional trophy awards

Of these 17, three also won the ‘regional trophy’ award:

Northern Valleys: Colomé Malbec 2015, Colomé Winery.

Valleys of Mendoza: Grand Medal Cabernet Franc 2014, Bodega Trapiche.

Patagonian & Atlantic Valleys: Grand Reserve of the End of the World 2013, Bodega del Fin del Mundo.

The fourth Regional Trophy, for the Region of La Rioja and San Juan, went to: Bodega Salentein, Pyros Special Blend 2013.

‘The AWA is an excellent platform for wine professionals from around the world to discover what Argentina has to offer,’ said Alberto Arizu, president of Wines of Argentina.

‘Argentine producers are constantly driving for improvements to understand their terroir and the wines they are capable of producing, and we believe it is important for the market to experience these innovations.’

Find out more about the awards here 


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