Wines of Argentina, the organisation responsible for promoting the image of Argentine wines around the world, presents the Argentina Wine Awards (AWA) 2014.

Designed and planned to evaluate and reward quality and progress in the Argentine wine industry, this competition has established itself as the most important event in the local calendar.

This eighth edition of the AWA will be held between February 16th & 21st, 2014 in the province of Mendoza and will focus on the experience, recognition and knowledge of the main journalists and media specialists around the world.

The purpose of this edition is to promote Argentine wine as widely as possible through international wine experts, opinion leaders and opinion makers.

The judges who have confirmed their attendance so far are Steven Spurrier (UK); Patricio Tapia (Latam); Edwin Soon (Singapure); Suzana Barelli (Brasil); Bruce Schoenfeld (USA); Jorge Lucki (Brazil); Andreas Larsson (Sweden); DJ Kearney (Canada); Colu Henry (USA); Demei Li (China); Tommy Lam (Singapore). The selection of local judges is still in progress.

Organised by Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR), the Argentina Wine Awards (AWA) is an iconic event that gives local wineries the chance to showcase Argentina’s high quality wines to the world by submitting their samples to be taste tested behind closed doors by a judging panel formed by prestigious wine experts.

In addition, for the first time, a special Trophy will be awarded to each of the participating wineries in order to encourage wineries from all Argentine wine regions – the North, Cuyo and Patagonia – to take part.

Another innovation to be introduced in the 2014 edition involves changing the traditional English 20-point wine scoring scale for the 100-point scale used by the main American magazines.

In the Argentina Wine Awards 2013, 182 wineries participated and 710 samples were submitted. Over 250 people attended the award-giving ceremony. A total of 24 Trophies, 49 gold medals, 242 silver medals and 314 bronze medals were awarded at the competition.

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Written by Decanter