¡Felicidades!: South American winemakers win 547 medals at the International Wine Challenge 2017
South American wine producers from Chile and Argentina will be toasting their success today, after earning their biggest ever haul of Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2017. Argentina secured 30 more medals than the previous year.
- The majority of South American Gold medals were won by red wines. All of Argentina’s Golds were for red wines, whereas Chile won 23 Golds for its reds and four for its white wines.
- Chilean reds from the Rapel Valley were awarded an impressive nine Gold medals. Two outstanding producers for the region were Viña Estampa and Torreon De Paredes, who each received a pair of Gold medals. Viña Estampa scored highly for its aptly named Gold 2014 and its Fina Reserva Carmenere Syrah Cabernet 2014. Torreon De Paredes received Gold medals for its Don Amado 2012 and Carmenere Reserva Privada 2014.
- A further four producers from Rapel Valley were awarded Gold medals by the IWC judging panel. Casas del Toqui, González Byass, Viñedos Emiliana and Viñedos Marchiguel and Concha y Toro all produced Gold medal winning reds.
Success for sweeties
- Chile received two Golds for its white wines. For the first time, a white sweet wine from Chile won a gold at the competition. The unique winner was Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2016, produced by Viña Vistamar in the Limarí Valley. The second Gold medal winning white wine was T.H. Chardonnay Limarí 2014 by Viña Undurraga.
Masters of Malbec – and more
- Argentinian Malbec stole the show, winning 14 Gold medals. Mendoza was the star performing region.
- Producer Trapiche carried off three Gold medals: Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec Finca Orellana 2013; Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec Finca Ambrosia 2013; and. Trapiche Gran Medalla Pinot Noir 2014 – the first Argentine Pinot Noir to win a Gold medal at the competition.
- Lujan De Cuyo based producer Bodega Ruca Malen was awarded a pair of Gold medals for Ruca Malen Petit Verdot 2015 and Kinien Malbec 2013.
- Three Argentine Cabernet Sauvignons were awarded Gold medals,: Bodegas Fabre for Gold HJ Fabre Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, and Cadus Wines for Cadus Tupungato Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. The final Gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded to Casarena Owen’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
Sarah Abbott MW, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“South America is one of the most exciting and dynamic regions in the world for wine. It is great to see their trademark Malbec category evolving and become more diverse, and very exciting to see the success of newer grape varieties such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet. We had three excellent Cabernet Sauvignons in the competition this year and I’m looking forward to seeing even more styles in next year’s competition.”
We tasted some fantastic Chilean wines this year, with Cachapoal and Rapal areas performing very well. It was exciting to see Chilean white wines strike Gold too, especially in the sweet wine category. It is wonderful that Chilean winemakers are experimenting with new styles and grapes and this new commitment to diversification will ensure Chile’s position as a world-class contender of wine production.”