The UK's leading specialist importer of wines from Argentina
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.
Firstly, a huge THANK YOU! To all of our customers, old and new, who supported us in 2013 in our quest to bring more and more great wines from Argentina to the UK. Last spring we introduced no fewer than 30 new wines to the portfolio, saying goodbye to a few others in the process but basically pumping lots of new blood into what we do. Never content to stand still with our range; the plan for 2013 includes yet another mouthwatering wave of new wines from some top drawer producers.
Highlights include a fabulous Pinot Noir from Dominio del Plata. This wine, which is co-fermented with 7% Viognier, underscores winemaker Susana Balbo's commitment to innovation and will surely force many, including Las Bodegas!, to re-assess previous assumptions about Argentina's ability to do well with this pernickety varietal. Susana also gives us a beguiling new barrel-fermented Torrontés which takes this grape to a whole new level. Both of these limited availability, first vintage wines will appear under the Ben Marco label. And look out, Crios is back, with a smart new look, a lovely Pinot Noir and a cracking red blend in the line-up.
We feel that red blends are a big part of the future for Argentina, and not just top-end 'icon' blends. Malbec is wonderful in all its multifarious forms, but surely real complexity comes from the art of blending and, as testament to this, we also welcome with open arms two superb new blends from Bodega Atamisque at sensible prices. These are Serbal Assemblage, an unoaked blend that is driven by 70% Cab Franc complemented by 25% Merlot and 5% Malbec; lovely. Then there's its big brother, Catalpa Assemblage, which introduces Cab Sauv to the blend and is aged in new and used French oak; a class act. Wines like these signpost the way forward for Argentina and it is no accident that French winemaker, Philippe Caraguel, chooses blends to express the pinnacle of Atamisque's Tupungato terroir.
There are too many other splendid new wines to mention in any detail but please look out for a glorious new Malbec and Bonarda duo (again unoaked) called Los Lirios from Graciela Reta (Santa Faustina); arguably Argentina's most under-rated winemaker and certainly one of the most talented; from the mighty Mauricio Lorca we introduce the almost unutterably sublime Firmado Malbec that he makes at Bodega Enrique Foster; and last but certainly not least an extraordinary Cabernet Franc from rising star Riglos – very limited availability!
These wines and a good number of others will be arriving between March and May 2013. We look forward to tasting them with you and we hope to see them on as many of your shelves and wine lists as we can urge you to cope with, burgeoning as you already are with the best ranges of Argentine wines in the world!