Founded in 2006, the company’s initial focus had been to expand the selection of Argentine wines available in Virginia by locating and distributing quality brands, both large and small, which were previously available only in other states. We believe that larger distribution companies overlooked many outstanding new and established producers in an area which is experiencing rapid growth and change. Within its first year of operation, Andes Importers assembled a portfolio of over 25 outstanding brands, including three of the “Top 10 Wineries to Watch” in Wine Spectator’s November 2006 Argentina issue. We continue to carefully expand our portfolio as we find producers and wines that meet our standards for quality and value. Many of these wines have high ratings from the wine press, others are rising stars not yet discovered by the wine media. The company’s focus is expanding in 2011 to include direct import of wines, including emerging craft producers whose wines are not yet available in the United States, as well as other fine wines produced worldwide.
Our founding belief is that Argentina is just beginning to reach its potential to produce wines of the highest quality at great value to the consumer. The quality of production and vineyard management continues to improve steadily at many existing wineries. Emerging new producers are combining the best modern techniques with existing old vine plantings to produce wines of the highest quality with uniquely local characteristics. We believe there are many exciting discoveries ahead in this region for wine lovers. We are committed to finding and importing the best of these emerging stars in the Argentine wine world, and expanding our horizons to bring our customers the same quality of wines from all around the world.