La Riojana, currently the world's largest producer of certified Fairtade-organic wine, is delighted with its results in this year's Argentina Wine Awards, winning a grand total of 15 medals, including one gold and three silvers for its wines produced in the La Rioja province.
The fifth annual Argentina Wine Awards took place in Mendoza between 21st and 25th February 2011, the judges for which included 12 of the world's best sommeliers from Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Italy, USA, China, UK, France, Mexico and Argentina.
La Riojana's gold medal was awarded to Finca Federada Fairtrade Reserva Malbec 2010 (RRP £8.99 – Laithwaites Wine), a full bodied Malbec aged in oak for six months. La Riojana's three silver medals were awarded to Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Fairtrade Organic Torrontés 2010, a crisp, fresh unoaked Torrontés with a citrus flavour (RRP £6.99 – Waitrose), The Co-operative Fairtrade Torrontés -Chardonnay 2010, a superb blend with 60% Torrontés and 40% Chardonnay (RRP £4.49 The Co-operative) and Raza Argentina Gran Reserva Malbec 2008, one of the winery's icon wines from La Riojana's flagship brand Raza Argentina.
In addition to these four medals, La Riojana won a further 11 bronze medals for Ecologica Fairtrade Organic Shiraz Malbec Reserva 2010, Ecologica Fairtrade Organic Torrontés Chardonnay 2010, Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Fairtrade Organic Cabernet Sauvignon – Bonarda 2010, Solombra Fairtrade Reserva Malbec 2010, Solombra Fairtrade Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, The Co-operative Argentine Fairtrade Shiraz 2010, The Co-operative Argentine Fairtrade Bonarda Shiraz 2010, The Co-operative Argentine Organic Fairtrade Reserva Malbec 2010, Santa Florentina Torrontés 2010, Raza Argentina Reserva Chardonnay 2009 and Raza Argentina Reserva Chardonnay 2010.
Walter Carol, export director for La Riojana, commented "This is a great achievement for La Riojana and we are extremely pleased with these results. We are fully aware of the great competition amongst Argentine wines today, and therefore winning some of the top awards helps prove our ongoing commitment to quality at La Riojana and the strength of our wines."