Argentina’s dramatic vineyards in pictures

7th March, 2014 by db_staff

Photographer Colin Hampden-White has provided db with a short but powerful photographic tour of Argentina’s dramatic wine regions and striking cellarmasters.

1 Dawn at Diamandes the estate owned by Chateau Malartic-Lagravière in Bordeaux and makes up part of Clos de los SieteHaving visited Mendoza and the Uco Valley last November, Hampden-White, renowned for his “Greatest Winemakers” series, has taken his photographic talent to Argentina’s vine covered landscapes and vinous personalities.

Speaking to the drinks business about his latest work, he described Argentina’s Uco Valley as “one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.”

In the foothills of the Andes, Hampden-White said that that short of a slight breathless sensation, it wasn’t until the clouds lifted that he realized how high the Uco wine region really is, with vineyards at elevations over 1,000m.

“You don’t have a sense of how high it really is until the clouds lift and you can see the Andes,” he recalled.

As for his pictures from the trip, he told db that he tried to be as “uncomplicated” as possible with the images.

3 Jean-Jacques and Severine Bonnie owners of Diamandes in the cellar tasting room“I just wanted to shoot what was there as it happened,” he commented.

“The dramatic clouds really do look like that,” he continued, pointing out that he didn’t plan any of the images.

“It’s so stunning, I just had to point the camera,” he added.

As for the few people he captured, he said his approach was the same.

For example, speaking of his portrait of Jean-Jacques and Severine Bonnie (pictured, right), the owners of Diamandes, which features striking lighting as though the pair are about to be beamed up, Hampden-White stressed, “It was like that, there’s no light adjustment.”

Aside from vinous portraits and landscapes, Hampden-White has also created a series of images representing the complex flavours of key noble grape varieties, and the faces behind Scotland’s top malts.

His pictures of Argentina can be viewed over the following pages.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Administrative Assistant

Swig Wines Ltd
Chiswick, London, UK

HR Manager

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

Senior Sales Manager

Haynes Hanson & Clark
Gloucestershire, GB

Customer Services Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

National Business Development Manager

Speciality Drinks Group
London, UK

Inventory Analyst

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

Events Executive - Atom Supplies

ATOM Supplies Limited
London, UK

Off-Trade Sales Account Executive

Domaine Direct
Nationwide, working from a combination of home & London office.

Sales Executive/Brand Ambassador

Glenfarclas
Ballindalloch, Speyside, UK

Client Manager

Noble Rot
Wandsworth, London, GB

Spirits Investment Director

Stilnovisti
London, UK

Junior Brand Manager

Enotria Winecellars
Park Royal, London, UK

Content & Digital Assistant

ABVGlobal
London, UK

Sales Manager

Cellar Trends
London, UK

Editorial Assistant

Wine List Confidential
London, UK

Champagne Masters 2017

Deadline : 7th July 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th July 2017

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th July 2017

The Global Syrah Masters 2017

Deadline : 18th July 2017

Click to view more

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

Click to view more