Matters of the heart

18 May, 2007

Look out for much more than Malbec among a diverse offering from Argentina's wineries.

La Riojana will be showing its recently launched organic range Ecologica (£5.99), the reserve range Valdevina (£5.99) and Fairtrade wines La Posada Shiraz and ­Torrontés, both £4.99. The Rioja-based producer is also keen to establish its higher premium Raza wines, which include Malbec, Syrah and Torrontés offerings from £7.99 to £14.99 for its top Malbec. Come and meet new UK-based commercial manager Patricio Angonoa and the team at stand P20-17.

Trivento, owned by Chile's Concha y Toro, is launching a series of wines from £7 in a bid to develop the premium end of its portfolio. Look out for Golden Reserve Chardonnay and Syrah, and Amado Sur, a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. There is also a trio of new wines for the specialist wine sector under the Collecion Fincas label - a Syrah, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Eolo 2005, a blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Syrah,

made from a high-altitude ­vineyard in Luján de Cuyo that dates back to 1912, will also make its debut. Positioned at £35-£40, it is a joint collaboration

between Trivento's head winemaker Federico Galdeano

and Don Melchor's head winemaker Enrique Tirado. Stand T50

Trapiche head winemaker Daniel Pi will

show new wines for the Broquel range - Cabernet Franc 2006 from Mendoza and Torrontés 2007 from the northern ­province of Salta (rrp £7.99). The trio of 2005 vintage wines for

Trapiche's Malbec Single Vineyard collection will also be part of the line-up. These wines are selected each year from

more than 90

growers throughout ­Mendoza. The three outstanding wines for 2005 are Viña Fausto Orellano (La Consulta), Viña Francisco Olivé (Agrelo) and Viña Eleodoro Aciar (Pedriel). They have an rrp of £18-£20. Trapiche's Iscay 2005, Astica, Melodias and Oak Cask ranges will also be on show. Stand P20, Q9, Q18

Chile's Aurelio Montes is now offering wines from Argentina, having acquired 95ha in the Vistalba and Agrelo districts. Red wines from the new venture, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, made their debut last year. There are two quality levels - £9.99 and £11.99. A new label promising a striking combination of black and orange and black and red will be unveiled at the show. HwCg, stand S30.

Humberto Canale, a family-owned winery

in Patagonia and also represented by HwCg, will be showing its Black River wines. The range includes a Malbec 2007 and (Patagonian) Torrontés 2008, as well as new vintages of the Black River organics: Semillon 2008, and Merlot and Malbec, both 2007. The 2006 vintage of Black River Reserve Pinot Noir will also be on show. Stand S30

Ricardo Rebelo,

chief executive of Finca Flichman, will present a new Sauvignon Blanc for the Misterio range

(rrp £4.99) as well as the Gestos wines - a Cabernet, Shiraz and Malbec - from

Barrancas and Tupungato vineyards.

Stand Q9

In brief

The 2007 vintage of Clos de los Siete will be available to taste ahead of its release this autumn. Made by Michel Rolland, this is the sixth vintage of the red wine, which is blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Represented by Dourthe, French Pavilion. Stand H40/1

François Lurton is launching a sweet wine from Argentina called Pasitea. The original offering is a blend of Pinot Gris and Torrontés with an abv of 12.3%. Stand P1

LIW F regulars José Alberto Zuccardi, José Asensio and Marcelo Marasco will be representing the off-trade wines from Familia Zuccardi. There are two new wines to look out for - Santa Julia Pinot Grigio and Santa Julia Organica Bonarda/Sangiovese, both from the 2007 vintage. Stand P20 , Q18

Bodegas Callia,

in the Tulum Valley of the San Juan region, is rapidly gaining recognition for Shiraz wines. On show will be Callia Alta, a £5.99 wine made specifically for the UK, as well as the higher level Grand Callia and Callia Magna. Stand P20,Q9, Q18

Alongside will be sister winery Salentein

with the

repackaged Finca el Portillo range , includ ing a Sauvignon Blanc and the award-winning Salentein Reserve Malbec. Stand Q18

Doña Paula, part of the Claro Group and now distributed by Codorníu, will be showing three new wines: Naked Pulp Viognier, Olives Road Shiraz/Viognier and Alluvia Cabernet Franc. Stand T60

José Manuel Ortega, of Bodegas O Fournier, will be showing Alfa Cruz Malbec 2005 as well as his Torrontés 2007. Also on show at the Seckford Agencies stand will be the latest vintages from Carlos Pulenta's Vistalba Vineyard (Mendoza) and Tomero Estate (Uco Valley).

Stand I19

Domaine Vistalba and Buckingham Vintners will be showing Viñalba, a three-tiered range

they have created as a joint project. The prices are £5.99 and £6.99 for the Patagonia wines and £7.99 for the reserve level. Stand T42

Chalié Richards and Finca Las Moras will be showing a new Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc as well as the recently introduced Black Label range. Finca Las Moras also has a new label design. Stand G40

Tastings and seminars

Wines of Argentina will be holding a New Release Tasting featuring 50 Malbec wines, priced from £5.99 to £15. The tasting will be held on all three days of the fair from 9.30am to 5pm. The period

from 3-5pm on the Wednesday

is reserved for wine educators and students.

Three non-Argentine winemakers - Paul Hobbs, Hans Vinding-Diers and Alberto Antonini - will speak about their experiences in the country and why they believe

it's the place to be

in a seminar titled Why Argentina Matters , chaired by Tim Atkin MW. Each winemaker will present two of their own wines and one

other they admire .

After the talks there will be a question and answer session. The seminar takes place at the Masterclass Theatre on

May 21 from 3.15-4.15pm. Pre-registration is required . See for full details on Argentina's presence.

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