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New York - March 20, 2010: Algodon Wine Estates (AWE), an award-winning Argentinean wine and golf estate in San Rafael, Mendoza, offers a personalized wine barrel program which many consider the ideal wedding gift. The ring and the ceremony are nice too, but making it "official" with customized wine labels offers something refreshingly new that won't be the norm with one's other married friends and peers.
The way it works: Customers visit AWE's website where they first choose a type of barrel (French or American oak), and then the design and name of the label, of which they have complete creative control. Once bottled and labeled, the wine is shipped to the customer's preferred location. Each barrel provides 288 bottles of wine and can be filled up to three times. The program also includes a two-night stay at the lodge located on the estates.
Grape varieties include Argentinean classics such as Bonarda - known throughout Argentina for its full body - and Malbec, as well as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.
Already a huge success globally, personalized barrels have been bought by dozens of people around the world including representatives of European royalty and owners of one of France's leading luxury brands.
About Algodon Wine Estates:
Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, AWE offers luxury accommodations for travelers, as well as the opportunity to actually own a piece of the estate's vineyard and a custom wine label. The 2,050-acre grounds already boast two guest lodges and an 18-hole golf course, and additional plans call for a tennis academy developed with Argentine tennis champion Jose Luis Clerc, a high-end hotel, more than 300 private home sites, a polo field, an equestrian center and a luxury spa & fitness center. Recent distinctions include a "Best Buy" award for the estates' Cabernet Sauvignon by Wines of Argentina and a 90 point rating of the estates' 2004 Malbec by wine personality Anthony Dias Blue. AWE was also named Global winner for Best Accommodation at the Great Wine Capitals 2010 Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
For more information, visit: http://www.algodonwines.com/barrelprogram.