La Riojana, one of Argentina’s top three wine exporters to the UK, was delighted to take part in a rather unique wine tasting held in the Jubilee Room within the Houses of Parliament on Monday 21st January 2013. The event itself, which united Britain and Argentina as well as politicians from all political parties under one roof, was organised by Robin Walker MP, Chair of the British-Argentine All-Party Parliamentary Group, together with the Argentine Embassy in the UK.

La Riojana was one of four Argentine wineries that participated in the tasting and used the opportunity to showcase its award-winning Torrontés and Cabernet Bonarda blend from its celebrated Fairtrade Organic wine range Tilimuqui, as well as its Torrontés and Malbec from its premium range Raza Signature Series.

The event was a resounding success and was very well attended by many high profile guests, including the Ambassador of Argentina in the UK, her Excellency Alicia Castro, Robin Walker MP, The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein who is President of the British-Argentine All-Party Parliamentary Group and Baroness Hooper, Chair of the British-Latin America All-Party Parliamentary Group, as well as Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords.

Ambassador Castro’s speech referred to wine as the symbol of unity and friendship that offers an opportunity to improve relationships, highlighting that Argentine wine exports to the UK have increased 50% over the last 10 years, and that the UK has now become the fourth most important destination for Argentina, after the United States, Canada and Brazil.  Her Excellency also pointed out that Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world, with a total of 220 thousand hectares of vineyards and an annual production of 14 million hectolitres of wine. 

Andrew Maidment, UK director for Wines of Argentina, commented: “It was a pleasure to attend this event - one that clearly recognized the importance of Argentina’s wine exports to the UK.”