Clark Wine Center

Bldg 6460 Clark Field Observatory Building,
Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,
Clark Air Base, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2023
Tel: (045) 599-5600 0917-826-8790
Manila Wine Shops
Tel: (632) 633-1566 or 0922-870-5173

Spotlights are on the wines of Argentina today

Date: August 1, 2011

Philippines Wine Shop Clark Wine Center is pleased to share with you articles, news and information about wine, wine events, wine tasting and other topics related to wine and the appreciation of wine.

Grim times for Argentina at the moment. The country’s economy is in a state of near collapse, and there’s little optimism that things will right themselves in the near future. But the prospects for Argentinean wine is actually quite good, provided that the quality revolution in the vineyards keeps on track.
Historically, Argentina has produced large volumes of plonk from high-yielding vines liberally fed by Andean irrigation water. You might be surprised to learn that Argentina is actually the world’s fifth largest producer, with 200 000 hectares under vine. But as the sights of producers have turned from the thirsty domestic consumers (who still manage a creditable 40 litres per head each year) towards lucrative export markets, an effort has been made to raise the standard. Indeed, exports now account for 9.1% of production, with most going to the UK and USA, an increase of tenfold over the last four years.
There’s been a lot of improvement and there’s more to come. If I was Chile, I’d be worried, although heavyweight wine expert Tom Stevenson states in last year’s revision of The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopaedia that, ‘at the moment, however, Chile has nothing to fear from Argentina’. But Argentina arguably has more potential than their neighbour, and certainly has the edge in terms of volume. Evidence for Argentina’s potential is provided by the quality of wines produced by the likes of Catena and Bianchi.
To get an idea of the sort of progress Argentina is making, I sampled a cross-section of the wines available on the UK market. This is by no means a comprehensive survey, but it provides an insight into the sorts of wines that Argentina is currently making, and the sort of value they offer. There’s plenty of promise, but evidently a fair way yet to go. n
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What Argentina really needs is a positive image similar to that currently enjoyed by Australia and New Zealand in the UK market. ‘Brand Australia’ has worked really well: is there any hope for creating a ‘Brand Argentina’? I suspect that this will be held back by the fact that Argentina really is an unknown quantity in the UK. Not many Brits visit, Argentina, and it is seldom in our consciousness. The danger is that without Argentinean wines being sold on the basis of their ‘Argentinean-ness’, they’ll just be yet more international branded wines fighting it out at the £3.99 and £4.99 price brackets. I hope and believe that Argentina has more to offer than international Chardonnay and Cabernet. In particular the likes of Malbec, Torrontes, Bonarda, Sangiovese, Barbera and Tempranillo offer the opportunity to produce tasty wines with some uniquely Argentinean character.

Clark Wine Center was built in 2003 by Hong Kong-based Yats International Leisure Philippines to become the largest wine shop in Philippines supplying Asia’s wine lovers with fine vintage wines at attractive prices. Today, this wine shop in Clark Philippines offers over 2000 selections of fine wines from all major wine regions in the world. As a leading wine supplier in Philippines, Pampanga’s Clark Wine Center offers an incomparable breadth of vintages, wines from back vintages spanning over 50 years. Clark Wine Center is located in Pampanga Clark Freeport Zone adjacent to Angeles City, just 25 minutes from Subic and 45 minutes from Manila.

Wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Alsace, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Argentina etc. are well represented in this Clark Wine Shop.

This is one of the frequently visited places for wine lovers from Manila and Angeles City to buy international wines in Pampanga.

Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila

Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple: after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave. From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City. From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.

Clark Wine Center

Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building

Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,

Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023

0922-870-5173 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)

YATS Wine Cellars

Manila Sales Office

3003C East Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center,

Exchange Rd Ortigas Metro Manila, Philippines 1605

(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 ask for Rea or Chay

Best place to buy wine in Clark Pampanga outside Manila near Subic and Angeles City Philippines is Clark Wine Center.

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While in Clark, it might be a good idea to enjoy an evening of wine-and-dine in the fine dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar that features an award winning 2700-line wine list. It is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate of Clark Freeport Zone. For more information, visit

YATS Leisure Philippines is a developer and operator of clubs, resorts and high-class restaurants and wine shops in Clark Angeles Philippines

Looking for famous tourists spots, places to visit and see, relax and unwind in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines? You may want to check out these sites also:

Yats Restaurant is the best restaurant for special dinner, best restaurant for dinner with friends near Manila, also the best place to celebrate special events.

Famous Restaurant in Pampanga, a place to dine with friends in Clark, cozy restaurant with a nice ambience, a nice function place for special occassions
Where to go in Clark? Hotel Clark Philippines is a De Luxe Hotel in Clark and Subic, a risk free place to stay, cozy and nice ambience, a nice function place for special occassion

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