The Tarija winemaker, Aranjuez, obtained the first Grand Gold Medal awarded to a Bolivian wine. The accolade was presented during the 5th Edition of the International Contest “Tannat al Mundo”, in Montevideo Uruguay on 23rd and 24th of September of 2013.
"This fabulous Tannat has an intense red violet color with deep black tones. It has aromas to blackberries, figs and dates, which also combine with notes of snuff, vanilla and cinnamon, that come from its 12 months in oak barrels. In mouth, it fells powerful but with fine tannins, with an explosion of flavors that make this wine a real pleasure for the senses."
The competition was endorsed by both the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the International Union of Oenologists (UIOE) where 145 wines from 54 different wineries participated, with only 10 percent of the samples belonging to foreign wineries.

Read more about Tarija and Bolivian wines at Wines of Bolivia

Wines of Bolivia

There is a new website that has a very good overview of the various wine regions of Bolivia and the different wines that are produced.

Wines of Bolivia:
"Bolivia is one of the best secrets of viticulture in the world. It has not only the oldest vineyards but also the most authentic ones," - Cees van Casteren

2014 Wine and Art Festival

The seventh Wine and Art festival (Encuentro el Arte y El Vino) will be held in the Valle de la ConcepciĆ³n, Tarija, from 6-14 of March 2014. 

Immediately following this is the grape harvest festival (Vendimia Chapaca) on 15th and 16th of March.

Check if Altiplano Hotel Boutique can offer you a special rate during your stay.

La Concepcion 2009 Merlot Reserva

The first thing you notice with this wine is the beautiful oaky aroma. The wine has a light ruby colour and feels light and smooth in the mouth.

Although boasting fresh strawberry, velvet plum, vanilla and cinnamon flavors it tends be more ‘oaky’ which overrides the specific fruit characteristics. However it is pleasant and light to drink, reflecting the smoothness of the Merlot grape that I like.

I would recommend paying the extra money for this wine over the cheaper 2009 Merlot which I reviewed earlier.