The UK's leading specialist importer of wines from Argentina
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Welcome to Las Bodegas, the UK's leading specialist importer of Argentine wines. Currently representing 12 wineries and with a range of around 100 wines, from deliciously fragrant Torrontés to an unrivalled selection of Malbecs and, increasingly, pushing the red blend envelope, we believe that our offering to the UK wine trade is second to none in terms of Choice and Value for your customers.
The purpose of this site is not to attempt a detailed academic analysis of what makes Argentina's wines so good and so truly unique; there are plenty of excellent sources for that kind of information. What we do here is simply show you our wines and talk about them a little, from the many talented winemakers that we work with; and hopefully encourage you to get involved with one of the most exciting wine countries in the world.
Despite being the fifth largest wine producer in the world, Argentina still occupies a relatively small niche in the UK; but her wines are on the up, thanks largely to the great support and enthusiasm of our many independent retailers and forward-thinking restaurateurs. Whether you are simply seeking a classic Malbec and Torrontés duo for your list, or looking to explore what Argentina has to offer in much more depth – you have come to the right place. Our producers are all small to medium sized and are run by people who regard quality and innovation as their watchwords.
As Las Bodegas approaches its 10th birthday we reflect on how much things have changed over the last decade... like most of our fellow importers we've weathered the storm of the financial crisis and are probably somewhat galvanised by it. The biggest change, however, may well be in the wines themselves. The much-loved Malbec monsters of the past have gradually, sometimes dramatically, given way to a new wave of fresh, elegant wines that present a beguiling combination of concentration and poise. We are seeing sophisticated white wines the likes of which could barely have been envisaged just a few years ago (from a semi-desert climate!), and world class red blends that don't cost a fortune are finally coming through in greater numbers, not just your so-called 'icon wines'. We like to feel we've been very much at the forefront of this process and we've no plans to change our commitment to seeking out great new wines. At Las Bodegas we welcome wholeheartedly the new generation of wines and winemakers; they define what we do and why we do it, and they place Argentina's wines rightly amongst some of the best to be found anywhere.
To help lubricate what promises to be a fruitful second half to 2014 we have, as always, introduced lots of new wines to our ever-evolving portfolio. Some of the highlights amongst these include: the beautiful 006 wines from Bodega Aniello, our first winery from Patagonia and definitely one to watch; two wonderful traditional method sparkling wines from Cave Extrême, de Rochebouët Extra Brut and Extra Brut Rosé; impressive jeroboams of pure indulgence from two of our favourite winemakers - Nosotros from Susana Balbo and Inspirado from Mauricio Lorca; our first organic wines, the Puro range from Ojo de Vino, a Lujan de Cuyo winery owned by none other than one Dieter Meier; and how could we resist bringing in more wines from the madcap genius that is Matias Michelini? We couldn't.
Finally, although you cannot yet see them on this website, we do also distribute a number of very carefully developed ranges from France and Spain. This year we have introduced more new wines from Rioja under our own Seda Vermella label; cracking new wines from the Languedoc called Homme de Pays; and various other tempting things. We're aiming for all of these to join the online family soon. In the meantime please get in touch if you'd like a copy of our latest list. (Trade requests only please.)