Lunch with the Ambassador

The Embassy of the Argentine Republic and Sommeliers Australia presented a wine tasting and food matching session in Brisbane yesterday. The AABW’s Judith Kennedy went along as a guest and the Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado opened the event and passionately described his intentions to make a difference by encouraging his country’s wine producers to export more of their wines into Australia – a small but growing market. Leading Sommelier Dan Sims led the tasting and the guests went through a range of exciting releases including of course the nation’s popular Torrontes and Malbec.

Situated on wide valleys or sloping prairies, Argentinean wine regions have well defined characteristics, being altitude the most important one. The proximity of the Andes is the reason why wine cultivation takes place on sloping plains, from 300 to 3000 meters above sea level.  This peculiarity is unique in the world, since not only are the vineyards located at the highest altitudes known for wine cultivation, but also the general average is over 900 meters above sea level, which is something with no paragon in the rest of the world!

Argentina is a participant in the Five Nations Wine Challenge held annually in Sydney.  The results of the Challenge will be published on this site on October 27.

Please go to the Gallery on this site for more images of the event.