Sept. 22, 2021 |
Susana Balbo was awarded with two silver medals in the 2022 edition of the Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism Awards, hosted last Thursday, September 16th, at the Ángel Bustelo Auditorium. One of these accolades, granted to the winery, belongs to the "Excellence in Sustainable Practices" category, while the other one, awarded to Susana Balbo's restaurant, Osadía de Crear, belongs to the "Excellence in Restaurants" category.
Best of Wine Tourism Awards are granted by Great Wine Capitals, a network of major global cities that share a key economic, cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine industries. These awards aim to reward innovation and excellence in the eleven most prestigious wine regions of the world: Adelaide (Australia), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town/Cape Winelands (South Africa), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco/Napa Valley (USA), Valparaíso/Casablanca Valley (Chile) and Verona (Italy).
Osadía de Crear opened in April 2013, thanks to the vision and initiative of Ana Lovaglio, Marketing Manager of the winery and Susana Balbo’s daughter. The restaurant offers a distinctive and innovative experience, always preferring seasonal ingredients and applying the newest, most state-of-the-art culinary techniques. During the past 18 months, Osadía de Crear adopted in an exemplary manner all the protocols proposed by the Argentinian health authorities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, reinventing its menu in order to offer its customers a safe experience. This led to the recognition of both specialized press and consumers.
On the other hand, sustainability is one of the cornerstones of Susana Balbo's philosophy, and this is reflected through many initiatives and practices carried out in the winery, such as water reuse, recycling and waste separation tasks and the cultivation of a vegetable garden. Susana Balbo’s portfolio also includes a 100% organic, no sulphites added wine (BenMarco Sin Límites Malbec Orgánico), and the Dominio Gualtallary estate, one of the winery’s vineyards, is projected to obtain the LETIS Certification for the production of organic grapes by 2023.
These two accolades add up to many other ones obtained in the past and reflect the winery’s commitment to quality, excellence, and sustainability.