Wines

MAÇANITA VINHOS

Douro

MAÇANITA VINHOS

Joana and António Maçanita had a dream, create a wine with unique style, shaped to the personality of the two winemakers.

The opportunity arises for the Douro region, where Joana performs most of her professional activity. Among the terraces and long lines of vineyards, she’s faced with very special grapes, impossible to remain indifferent, Joana called António and challenged him for their first trip. In 2011 the roots are posted for the project of brother and sister, and Douro was just the right spot.
Following the same guideline and quality of the work done in other projects, António and Joana, believe that, the work on the vineyards is very important to achieve the best quality for their wines. The vineyards are located in the Douro, Sub-Region of Cima Corgo near the village of Pinhão.

Maçanita Vinhos, carefully chosen their vineyards to fit the right profile, of concentration, richness and freshness. Brother and sister walked together the vineyards in every important operation that defines the quality and health of the grapes.

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Gundlach Bundschu

Sonoma Valley

Gundlach Bundschu

For six generations and over 150 years, their family has farmed the estate vineyard at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley appellations. Today, they focus on making small lots of ultra-premium wines from this distinctive and historic property.

Gundlach Bundschu

Primarius Wines

Oregon

Primarius Wines

Primarius wines embody sheer elegance where delicate flavors give way to full fruit expression; providing the most pleasurable drinking experience for wine lovers. Primarius wines represent the finest cool climate regions in Oregon and are a true reflection of the most famed varietal of the state, Pinot Noir. Latin for - distinguished - Primarius promises sophistication in every sip and exceeds expectations in quality, flavor and value.  

Primarius Wines

Primarius Wines is owned by Precept Wines, the largest owned family-owned wine company in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. Precept Wine is the fastest-growing wine company in one of the country’s most exciting wine regions: The Pacific Northwest.  They offer the best quality-to-price wines of any producer in the USA, with critical acclaim to match.  Comprised by a combination of owned vineyards, estates and passionate employees, Precept are uniquely poised as an industry leader and a trusted partner. 

Precept Wines

 

Wieninger

Vienna

“My dream of having a winery with wines of style and international character has come true. Today, Wieninger stands for top wines that are from Vienna - and are internationally known. And as a forerunner of high quality wines from Vienna, it means a lot to me to create wines that the Viennese can be proud of.” Fritz Wieninger

Having a consistent focus on quality led Fritz Wieninger to cultivate his vineyards according to bio-dynamic guidelines. The result: soils that are alive  with healthy vines, and high quality wines that reflect a close relationship to nature. The most important thing is not high yield, but the health, self-healing power and the quality of the vines and the wine. With bio-dynamic cultivation comes biodiversity, and the amount of micro-organisms and the humus content of the soil increases. Herbicides, pesticides, systemic sprays and artificial fertilizers are completely eliminated. Fritz uses sophisticated greening implementation in the vineyards to support the optimal thriving of fauna and flora.

Toro Albalá

Montilla-Moriles (Andalucia)

Toro Albalá

“This is a peculiar winery, a little eccentric and unusual, a family affair created in 1922 although their roots can be traced back to the 19th century. The core of the winery is located inside an old electricity plant in Aguilar de la Frontera, south of Cordoba, in the heart of the Montilla-Moriles appellation and directed by collector, inventor and entrepreneur Antonio Sanchez. They sell 650,000 liters of wine per year, of which 40% is exported and sold in 27 different countries. They are growing in the US, the UK, Australia, and also with increasing interest in Asia, “mainly for the sweet wines,” Antonio Sorgato, the export manager of the firm, tells me. “We are selling sweet wines, but Fino, it’s much more difficult.” This is not something unique to them, as the whole Montilla-Moriles is better known for its sweet, dark, unctuous Pedro Ximenez wines. All the wines they produce are of course fermented from Pedro Ximenez white grapes, but for the sweet wines the grapes are sun-dried, dehydrated into raisins, and the resulting wine is brown in color which gets darker as the wine ages and concentrates in barrel. The oldest examples are an opaque black with an amber rim as dense as motor oil. They have a most impressive collection of single vintage PX wines going back to the time of the Second World War.” (Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 2013)

Vinyes Domènech

Montsant

Vinyes Domènech

Vinyes Domènech was founded in 2002 by Joan Ignasi Domenech with his wife and two sons. The winery is situated in a little village of Capcanes. Domènech Vineyard is surrounded by mountains and forests located in a conservation area. Organic agriculture with neither herbicides nor pesticides is the focus for this family of winemakers. 

Vinyes Domènech

Bodegas y Vinedos Tamaral

Ribera del Duero

Bodegas y Vinedos Tamaral

When Bodegas y Vinedos Tamaral was founded in April 1997, it was a dream come true for the De Santiago family, who for four generations have tended vineyards and made wine. Soon afterwards, a winery was opened in the Pago de Tabalares under the watchful eye of the Museo de Vino and in the very heart of the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin. Very shortly after the harvest of that year, the wine-making process started and their very first wine was victorious in the young wine category of the 8th National wine-tasting competition, the ‘Premios Zarcillo’. It was also awarded other national aw well as international prizes including the ‘Premios Bacchus’, demonstrating how highly their wines were regarded. Their constant efforts towards improvement have led us to more awards; 67 international prizes to date, yet, undoubtedly the best reward for the whole team at Bedegas y Vinedos Tamaral is knowing that their customers have the chance to enjoy their intense full-bodied wines.

Tamaral

Blankiet Estate

Napa Valley (Yountville)

Blankiet Estate

Blankiet Estate is nestled high on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains above Yountville. The vineyard, named Paradise Hills, is planted on one of the most acclaimed viticultural areas of the Napa Valley. The Estate was created in 1996 by Claude & Katherine Blankiet with the single vision of producing wines in the tradition of the great Bordeaux First Growth.

“The goal to produce world-class wines at Blankiet Estate has been accomplished, combining the extraordinary power of the site with unbelievable elegance and definition.” - Robert Parker

 

Blankiet Estate

 

Au Sommet

Napa Valley (Atlas Peak)

Au Sommet

Atlas Peak in the Western Vaca Mountain Range in Napa Valley, was created by Heidi Barrett and John Swartz who knew that great mountain fruit would come from its volcanic soils.

The vineyard, part of the 45-acre property perched atop Atlas Peak, is one of the highest vineyard sites in Napa Valley, rising 2,100 feet above sea level. The eleven year old Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 7 and 337) and Petit Verdot (clone 400) vines are exposed to a unique microclimate and soil.

Unlike the Napa Valley floor, which is often covered in morning fog, the mountain vineyard is exposed to more sun during the growing season. Refreshing mountain breezes cool hot summer days, protecting the fruit from overheating. The nights are much cooler than other areas and can sometimes experience a 20-degree drop in temperature. These cool nights allow for slower maturation of the fruit, resulting in well-balanced, complex wine.

The shallow volcanic soils limit vine growth, producing small amounts of fruit with exceptional, intense varietal character.

Au Sommet

Gonet-Médeville

Champagne (Bisseuil)

The Médeville family has been in the heart of the Bordeaux region of Sauternes since the marriage of Numa, great-grandfather of Christian Médeville (Julie’s father) to Miss Marie Despujols. She brought to the Médevilles the beautiful family mansion in the centre of Preignac village (the house had been bought by one of her Despujols ancestors in 1710 from Mr Lamothe), as well as the surrounding historic vineyards of Gilette and Les Justices.

The Champagne house was founded in 2000, by Xavier Gonet and Julie Médeville. Julie is also the owner and winemaker for the historic Sauternes producer, Château Gilette. The Champagne vineyards ­­­are located in the communes located on the outskirts of Epernay, known for its chalky soils which produce wines of incredible purity.

 

The family owns both Grand Crus and Premiers Crus sites. The Grand Crus sites include Le Mesnil sur Oger, where Chardonnay is grown on the following lieu dits: Louvière, Champs d’Alouette, Boulangère. Pinot Noir is grown in Ambonnay, specifically on the lieu dits of Grandes Ruelles and Champs Muets. More Chardonnay is grown in Oger on the lieu dit of Tilleul. The Premier Cru sites include the town of Bisseuil, were Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown on the following lieu dits: Les Pentes, Pirouette, Dessulchene. The Pinot Meurier for the winery is grown on the lieu dit of La Clef in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and additional Chardonnay was grown on the lieu dit of Fosse Toret in Trépail.

Mas du Soleilla

Languedoc (La Clape)

Mas du Soleilla

Certified Organic

It is with passion and rigor that Peter Wildbolz creates his wines. He relentlessly strives to make wines of elegance, power and most importantly, of quality. This dedication to quality wines is manifested in the work done in the vineyard, such as hand-trimming, bud removal, leaf thinning (canopy management) and a grape harvest all done manually.

La Clape’s climate is dry and harsh, with sunshine and winds beating against the naked, heat absorbing rocks. Occasionally, la Clape resembles a tropical island. La Clape’s position as one of the sunniest places in France (over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually) is due to the 13 winds that blow over it. Among them, the Tramontane, Cers, Ponant, wind from Spain, Lebech or Gregaou all share the job of chasing away the clouds that could cover this lovely “island.” Occasionally, southern storms threaten to blow away the local windmills.

All this strengthens the vines: water quenches their thirst and cleans them at the same time, the wind dries and airs them, the sun feeds them whilst filling the grapes with sugar. It’s a hard climate which guarantees great quality wines. 

Mas du Soleilla

Vodopivec

Friuli (Trieste)

Vodopivec
The vineyard is framed by the Carso, the hard, solid rock found in this isolated area of Italy. The wine cellar was made by blasting through this Carso, and digging down deep into the earth. Vines are planted at 10,000 vines/ha, and are trained with Alberello trellasing, with minuscule yields of only 0.5kg per plant. Rain waters the grapevines, no other irrigation is required. The grapes which enter the wine-cellar are prepared by long, slow maceration, restoring little by little what Nature has created in time. What Nature has given to the vineyard,  the grapes now give to the wine.
 
The temperature in the cellar is naturally constant. No filters or refrigeration is needed, as the wine is born in the most natural fashion and finds in the amphora its container par excellence, the fundamental element of wine-making. The wine is best expressed through storage in underground terra cotta, placed at a constant temperature for a period of five to seven months. It will then spend two years in large barrels, so as not to rush the final product.
 
Today’s vineyard is heir to a farming family that has always been tied to the land. Their passion has its roots in the awareness of what it is. Today it produces one and only one wine, Vitovska, the wine of the Carso, with rich historical heritage. There is but one way and it has already been indicated, the choice of following it is the most obvious. A choice of life tied to Nature, of listening to the land and its rhythms. Nothing must be forced,  wisdom lies in knowing how to wait for the right time. This is the path of Nature, of respect for life. The wine is born in its microcosm and is the mirror of Nature. The Carso outside is discovered in the bottle.

Vodopivec

Caledonia Australis

Victoria

Caledonia Australis

Certified Organic

Inspired by a landscape that reminded him of his beloved Scotland, explorer and squatter Angus McMillan was so moved by his first view of eastern Victoria from Mount Macleod in 1839, that he “...named it at the moment Caledonia Australis”. Caledonia, an old name for Scotland, and Australis, meaning southern is the region now known as Gippsland. Today certain privileged vineyard sites around the Gippsland town of Leongatha are proving to have the terroir essential for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

Caledonia Australis was the vision of a group of wine enthusiasts in the early 1990s to create quality Burgundian style wines, assisted by our talented wine maker and Master of Wine, Martin Williams, who shares this vision. Their approach to winemaking is true to Burgundy style. They seek the natural expression of regionality to produce wines that faithfully reflect their vineyards strengths and uniqueness. They embrace the principles of minimal winemaking intervention, applying contemporary technology as appropriate to achieve similar or superior results to traditional techniques. The results are wines of classic style and outstanding quality.

Caledonia Australis

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Podere 414

Tuscany (Grossetto)

414 is the plot number attributed to the Podere property by the former reform land authority in the 1960s, during the division of the estate and the redistribution of the land to the families of the farmers. These families inherited totally wild and uncontaminated lands composed mainly of forests and pastures. They adopted an almost exclusively subsistence farming agricultural model. They maintained the territory practically unaltered, characterized by scant human interference, maintaining the original landscape, with minimal environmental impact, sheltered from economical activity. The area was so intact, that the European Community have named the Maremma Grossetana, together with Provence and the North of Scotland, as an oasis ideal for the preservation of nature on the entire continent of Europe (rural district).

It is in this context that the owners have operated since 1998 producing the Morellino “Podere 414”. The businesses vineyards consist of about 10 ha in property and 5 ha in management. The youth of the business means the winery was able to organise the vineyards using a qualitative production model, by introducing high density (about 6,700 vines per hectare). They studied varieties and biotypes retained especially for their suitability to the climatic conditions of the zone, adopting oenological solutions that adapted themselves to the different typologies of vines, until the winery were able to achieve their goal of producing a wine which fully respected the environment. The business is certified organic by AIAB and the winery is also ISO 9000 certified to guarantee quality in their process.

The decision for the winery to produce a single wine should be interpreted as an indication of reliability. Podere 414 is a true icon that embodies all the character of the Maremma, resulting in a wine generous in colour, aroma and body. The wine has an indisputably Mediterranean character, with focused and purity of fruit, carefully and craft fully combining power and elegance, vintage to vintage.

Podere 414

Perlage

Veneto (Soligo)

Perlage

Certified organic

Perlage’s story started in 1985, when the seven Nardi brothers, encouraged by their father Tiziano and mother Afra, decided to embark on a journey of discovery of converting the family’s vineyards to organic agriculture, starting with the Riva Moretta, in the heart of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore area.

This was a decisive and inspired choice which has led Perlage to its current position as a company known world-wide, which has successfully married tradition and innovation in its biodynamic and organic wines.

The Perlage brand is synonymous with elegant and good quality wines, with good business practices and the passion of its people.

It’s as respectful of its origins as it is of its future, following a path created by people, stories, the interweaving of vines and lives, buds and mature fruits, discoveries and rediscoveries, research and creativity. It’s the harmony of these elements that Perlage recreates in its wines, balancing the colour of purity, the aroma of tradition and the flavour of quality.

Perlage

Churton

Marlborough

Churton

Certified organic, practicing Biodynamic

Churton is focused on producing limited volumes of high quality, estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. They aim to produce sophisticated wines that have elegance and texture, complexity and layers of flavour, subtlety and length. They want their wines to be a true expression of their organic origin, producing “vins de terroir” not “vins de technique.” Their philosophy incorporates a traditional “old world” approach to viticulture with a North East facing hillside vineyard with close planting and low cropping vines, and with all work done by hand, including picking at harvest.

They apply the same “old world” approach to our winemaking which involves minimal intervention, lees contact in the Sauvignon Blanc, use of French oak for Pinot Noir and the use of a natural cork closure. Churton uses biodynamic practices in their vineyard operations and are currently in organic conversion with Biogro. They apply the principles of the biodynamic calendar to key viticultural and winemaking practices, and operations such as vine planting, fruit picking, filtering and bottling. They also follow the biodynamic calendar in their tasting schedules. The Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 1997 and the Pinot Noir in 2000. All wines are made from 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and in 2007, they planted Viognier, as well as New Zealand’s first plantings of Petit Manseng.

Sam & Mandy Weaver, vignerons

Silver Palm

North Coast

At Silver Palm, their passion is creating extraordinary wine. Silver Palm winemaker Matt Smith sources small lots of grapes from outstanding vineyards in California’s leading North Coast wine regions. Using cutting-edge and traditional artisan winemaking techniques, Matt meticulously fashions this superb fruit into delicious wines.

 

Herdade do Arrepiado Velho

Alentejo

Sousel, located around 40 kilometers from Portalegre, in Alto Alentejo, witnessed the rebirth of a placed abandoned for a long time. The property from the 19th century was built in accordance with the traditional architecture of the region, magnificently preserved full, of spaces of rare beauty. One feels the passion in every corner, in every detail, both in the house and the surrounding space. The Herdade do Arrepiado Velho was purchased in 2001 by the Antunes Family who right then began an ambitious project: to turn Arrepiado Velho into an asset and in a reference of excellence of Alentejo.

Sesti

Tuscany (Montalcino)

Sesti

The Sesti estate consists of 102 hectares (254 acres) of land, of which nine hectares are planted to vineyards. The rest is given to olive groves grazing or woodland. 
The vineyards are in the enviable position of being on the southern slopes of Montalcino, where some of the most prestigious Brunello comes from.

Sesti

 

Revana Family Vineyard

Napa Valley

Revana Family Vineyard

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Revana Family Vineyard is a vineyard and winery estate focused on producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1997, while visiting the Napa Valley, Dr. Revana discovered a small parcel of prime vineyard land just north of the town of St. Helena. He immediately sensed the property’s potential. The area was already known for producing some of the world’s most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon, and the property’s gravelly soils, sloped pitch, and excellent exposures seemed perfect for growing grapes. Studies of the soil composition confirmed that it was an ideal location for premium Bordeaux varieties. His next step was to build a team that could implement his vision.

Revana Family’s vineyard management philosophy is based on quality and sustainability. Attention to detail in the vineyard, low yields and the exclusive use of organic compounds for vine nutrients and pest control result in wines of great quality and a vineyard that will provide the highest quality grapes for many generations.

Planted in 1998, the Revana Family vineyard is comprised of nine separate blocks totaling nine acres. There are seven blocks planted with Cabernet Sauvignon clones, one block of Cabernet Franc and one block of Petit Verdot. Clone 337 and Clone 7 were selected for Cabernet Sauvignon. Clone 332 of Cabernet Franc and Clone 2 of Petit Verdot were specifically chosen to provide layers of complexity in the finished wine.

Revana Family Vineyard

 

Eos Estate Winery

Paso Robles

Eos Estate Winery

Eos was the name given to the goddess of the Dawn in greek mythology. The legend was that every morning Eos lifted the sun over the horizon to start a new day. Today, Eos represents honest, authentic, straightforward wines sources from premier vineyard sites in Paso Robles and throughout California.

Eos was initially built and owned by the Arciero family, who are still one of the largest wine-grape growers in the appellation. The winery opened in 1985, and was modeled after the monastery of Monte Cassino in Italy. In October 2010, the winery was acquired by the Foley Family Wines, a family run organization. 

Eos Estate Winery

 

Sattlerhof

Styria

Sattlerhof is located south of Gamlitz in a village called Sernau. The farm has been in the family since 1887 and today Sattlerhof is devoted totally to the culture of pleasure with wine playing a central role.

Willi Sattler has been responsible for the cultivation of wine since he was 22 years old. Sattlerhof wines have earned the respect of many wine-lovers and the international wine community. The combination of tradition and innovation plays a uniquely important role in quality at Sattlerhof. Tradition means a natural and intensive management of the vineyards, while incorporating the vintner’s vast knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of the terroir and the vines. 

Sattlerhof

Stonyridge Vineyard

Waiheke Island, North Island

Stonyridge Vineyard

Organic practices

Stonyridge Vineyard is a world-renowed Cabernet-blend winegrower, located on the beautiful island of Waiheke, near Auckland, New Zealand. Stonyridge was conceived and operated with the sole intention of making world-class Bordeaux-style red wine.

They are dedicated to producing the finest Cabernet blends in the world (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), combining traditional winemaking with meticulous organic viticulture.

Insecticides have never been used at Stonyridge and herbicides have not been used since 1988 when they purchased their first German tractor-mounted undervine weeder. Their vine-disease-protection program is limited to non-systemic fungicides (copper and sulfur). They are organic growers, but because of an allergy to bureaucracy they refuse to be certified by an agency. 

 

Bodegas Peique

Bierzo

Bodegas Peique

Peique Wine Cellars are made up of a small group of family associates (Peique Family), with whom they dedicate themselves to cultivating, producing and ageing quality red wines. They have always lived in the area surrounding the cellar and have owned the vineyards from long ago and have produced wine for three generations. 

The wine cellar and the vineyard are located in the heart of the viniculture area of Bierzo region, in the warm village of Valtuille de Abajo. 

Bodegas Peique

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Douro

             

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is located in the sub-region of Cima Corgo, in the Douro Demarcated Region - the birth place of some of the most well known wines in the world. Against rugged slopes, a river bathed arid and inhospitable banks. In times gone past, onto them rolled shimmering stones, which were discovered to be gold (ouro). Thus the name of the river was born: Douro (lit. River of Gold). It is here that vines have been born and wine has been made from as far back as Roman times. Since then, this local pursuit has been continued and expanded – the slopes were shaped into terraces – populations from the Roman castles were used and the growing of cereals and vines was encouraged in the slate earth, unsuitable for other crops.

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is one of the most beautiful Quintas (estates) in the Douro, and it is an example of the true nature of the valley. In this place the history lies in the terrain, in the aromas and in the knowledge of the men who have kept it alive generation upon generation. 

 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo     

   

Four Vines

Paso Robles

No restraint. No fear. That simple credo sums up the winemaking philosophy of Christian Tietje, Four Vines founder and rogue winemaker with an in-your-face passion for big reds.

 

He founded Four Vines in his garage-cum-surf shack with not much more than determination, a love of Zinfandel and a kick-ass idea:  he wanted to make four “killer zins” from the four top appellations for old vine Zinfandel grapes:  Napa, Sonoma, Amador and Paso Robles.  Four Vines exploded onto the scene with “Maverick,” “Sophisticate” and “Biker.”  Each wine reflects the unique flavors, structure and character imparted by terroir, a reflection of the soil, air, water and surroundings in which the grapes were grown, while also showing the bold, fruit-forward, food-friendly style that would become Christian’s trademark.  Sultry, velvety Syrahs came next and Christian moved to Paso Robles to build a winery and immerse himself in the wild western frontier of California-grown Rhone varietals.  In Paso, Chris went native.  He dove head first into the surf of nearby Cayucos (a local break is aptly named “Killers”) and into the juice of the big red grapes that thrived in the heat of this valley (in nearby Kiler Canyon he planted Tempranillo, Syrah, Mourvedre). 

Not to be left entirely out of the white wine conversation, Christian created an equally bold statement in white. Naked Chardonnay was the first no-oak chard introduced in California, inspired by Christian’s love of food and past work as an aspiring chef. Today Christian Tietje continues to push the limits of full-contact winemaking.The Port wine is a fortified red or white wine made by a traditional method, consisting in stopping the by adding grape brandy.

Four Vines

 

L’Oustal Blanc

Languedoc (La Livinière)

Organic Practices

 

"Claude Fonquerle and his oenolgist Philippe Cambie earned their stripes in Chateauneuf du Pape, and in 2002 began to vinify in Minervois. The wines – like their labels – are flamboyant, almost over-the-top, and utterly striking." - David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

The ambition pursued at L’Oustal Blanc is to make wines using indigenous varietals (carignan, cinsault, grenache, syrah) which remain oriented towards fruit, finesse, purity and complexity.  Although based on these varietals, the area of Châteauneuf du Pape may come to mind, it is this domain’s fascination with the wines of Burgundy which remains the driving force behind their philosophical approach.

Situated in Minervois’ finest subregion of "La Livinière", following a natural method of agriculture and winemaking is likely the winery’s most important ambition. The vineyards enjoy a maritime climate because of their proximity to the Mediterranean sea, and therein lie an ideal ecosystem. At “La Livinière”, there is no mildew, and no parasites of the animal kingdom (vine moth, leafhoppers, cochilis, etc…).  The only viticultural concern is powdery mildew, which with extreme vigilance in vegetative phase, can be perfectly controlled with careful sulfur treatments.  The winery follows organic principals and does not use any additives or "doctor" the wine in any way.  These are "natural wines."

 

L’Oustal Blanc


Le Cadeau Vineyard

Willamette Valley

Le Cadeau Vineyard

Josh Raynolds from Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, writes: ”Tom and Deb Mortimer bought this high-altitude vineyard on Parrett Mountain close to Newberg in 1996 and after almost two years of brush- and rock-clearing had a soil scientist/researcher tell him that he had four distinct terroirs, each of which was capable of producing a different expression of pinot noir. “Being a wine geek,” Mortimer told me, “I couldn’t resist the chance to have four different wines made.” Taking it a step further, he also decided to have each block made by a different winemaker; in past vintages his wines have been made by the likes of Harry Peterson-Nedry (of Chehalem), Josh Bergstrom, Sam Tannahill (A to Z) and Isabelle Dutartre (De Ponte and 1789). Mortimer gives the winemakers free rein so it isn’t easy to nail down a particular style here aside from noting that the wines have been of consistently high quality from the outset.

Le Cadeau Vineyard

E. Pira e Figli de Chiara Boschis

Piedmont (Barolo)

E. Pira e Figli de Chiara Boschis

Organic practices

“The vivacious Chiara Boschis has infectious energy and enthusiasm. Her wines display the same vibrancy and fantastic tension, refined by a feminine touch. In the last few years she has been reducing the amount of new wood used in the cellar, from 100% in the ‘90s and early 2000s to more moderate levels (approaching 50% for the Via Nuova Barolo in 2009), a welcome change in my view. The purchase of a fully south-facing 4ha parcel of vines in Monforte d’Alba called Conterni (1 ha each of dolcetto and barbera as well as 2 ha of nebbiolo for Barolo) will add to her limited production and provide the opportunity to produce another Barolo cru. The grapes from this parcel were formerly sold to Luciano Sandrone for his Barolo Le Vigne vineyard blend, so you can be sure that the vines were well tended to and yield top quality fruit.” John Szabo, MS

 

E. Pira e Figli de Chiara Boschis

Cantina del Pino

Piedmont (Barbaresco)

Cantina del Pino

Domizio Cavazzo was the director of the Royal Enological School in Alba from 1888 - 1913. When he arrived he surprised everyone by purchasing land and making his home in Barbaresco. The noble families expected he would reside near the more famous estates in Barolo. He purchased the Ovello vineyard and began making wine. For the first time the wine made from the nebbiolo vineyards surrounding the village was called Barbaresco. For the people of this area it was a huge compliment. Cavazzo was very charismatic and an outspoken supporter of the farmers in the Langhe.  My great grandfather purchased the vineyards after Sig. Cavazzo prematurely died and his family moved to Torino. The Vacca family has been here ever since.

 

Cantina del Pino

Gamba Vineyards and Winery

Sonoma County

Gamba Vineyards and Winery

Gamba Vineyards and Winery rests on gently rolling benchland  above the valley floor in the beautiful Russian River Valley Appellation of Sonoma County, California, nestled among over century old Zinfandel vines. The Estate Vineyard, planted in 1900, is dry farmed, and maintained with labor intensive, organic, traditional hand farming methods. Naturally low yields, together with desirable soils and microclimate, allow Gamba to produce old vine Zinfandel wines of exceptional flavor and intense varietal character.

Gamba Vineyards and Winery

Livio Felluga

Friuli (Collio)

Livio Felluga

Sustainable

This family-owned winery is one of the historic estates of Friuli, Italy, founded in the 1950s. The Felluga family has been making wine for five generations, with the mantra that “premium-quality wine is made first in the vineyard and then in the cellar”. Their vineyard management philosophy is one of sustainability - “low environmental impact integrated pest management” and most of the vineyards share a similar soil type of Marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin. The first year of production in the Friuli estate was in 1956, when Livio Felluga purchased a few hectares of vineyard at Rosazzo, now considered one of the finest wine zones in the region. Today, the Livio Felluga estate has 160 hillside hectares under vine, with an annual production averaging 750,000 bottles, exported all over the world. Livio, now 95 years old, still helps his children (Maurizio, Elda, Andrea and Filippo) continue the family winemaking tradition.

Vignemastre

Tuscany

The Vignemastre project started in 2005 when two winemakers, Filippo Artini and Dario Parenti from Le Uve, created a concept winery of their own.  This winery would have great value as a focus, while looking out for the environment and being true to the grape itself.  The wine would need to express the varietal aromas of the grapes from which it was made, with no use of oak barrels, as they often make wines look alike.  These factors limit the impact on consumer health, because of low sulfite levels in the wine, and on the environment, as no trees were cut down to make barrels.

Vignemastre

Kuehling-Gillot

Rheinhessen

Kuehling-Gillot

Certified Organic

The winery Kuehling-Gillot has been in viniculture since the 18th century. Today they not only own one of the best sites on the Rhine terrace, but they can also claim a true architectural gem: a garden similar to a park, with its renowned pavilion (which also decorates their labels) and reception halls and a vinothèque offering unequalled opportunities.

For generations women have been in charge at Kuehling-Gillot. This has also not changed in the 21st century. Since 2002, Carolin Spanier-Gillot, has been the manager of the winery. She graduated in wine-growing engineering, and was the co-founder of the association of young winegrowers “message in a bottle”, and involved in the women network “vinissima”. According to some she is a whirlwind among German woman winegrowers.

Kuehling-Gillot


 

Marcel Deiss

Alsace (Haut-Rhin)

Certified Biodynamic - Demeter

Domaine Marcel Deiss is located in the beautiful Bergheim, and was established in 1947 by the grandfather of the current owner, Jean-Michel Deiss. Marcel Deiss is one of the leading producers in Alsace, focused on terroir wines that have been organically farmed for over 20 years and biodynamic since 1998. Jean-Michel with oenologist Marie Helene Cristofaro carefully look over their vineyards by ploughing rather than using weed killer, utilizing natural compost, planting grass between the vines and harvesting by hand.

Marcel Deiss wines are unique in Alsace as they are not labeled by varietal but are labeled by the specific vineyard. This allows the unique characters of each vineyard to express itself in each wine. Deiss seeks to express each wine with three factors: the grape variety, the vintage and the terroir.

“Just about any French vineyard owner will talk terroir given the opportunity, but no one argues the case for terroir more passionately than Marcel Deiss.” Robert Parker

“Jean-Michel Deiss has been growing some of the finest wines in Alsace for more than a quarter century and with them – as well as with his passionately articulate discourse – capturing the imagination and affection of wine enthusiasts world-wide. But the bearded sage of Bergheim is never satisfied, and beginning in the late eighties, he began to completely re-think his wines and means of truly embracing his terroirs. The result was new acquisitions and plantings to achieve (beginning a decade ago) single-vineyard, field-blend bottling the likes of which had scarcely been seen in Alsace for the better part of a century, and to certain of which the governing authorities have recently been persuaded (perhaps as much by Deiss’ metaphysics of terroir as by the profundity of his vinous results) to grant the status “Grand Cru.” Wine Advocate, February 2008

Marcel Deiss

 

Loimer

Kamptal

Loimer

Certified organic (Lacon Institute), in conversion to Biodynamic

Although Fred Loimer has joined the ranks of Austrians best wine producers, he still is for many an undiscovered secret! Year after year, he impresses with his benchmark Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, which reflect high quality as well as the terroir and special microclimates of the Kamptal. When it comes to producing wine, the cool climate is certainly one of Fred Loimers biggest challenges. In Spring 1998 Loimer purchased the former cellar of Castle Haindorf, which is located on the outskirts of Langenlois and offers ideal climatic conditions for the aging and storing of high-quality wines. 

Loimer

 

Domaine des Martinellles

Rhône (Hermitage)

Domaine des Martinellles

A wine-producing estate that has been in the family for 3 generations and is now managed by Aimé and Pascal Fayolle. A little over 20 hectares are planted with Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint Joseph appellations in the Northern Cotes du Rhône.  Their vineyards lie across four different areas: Les Murets, Les Dionnières, La Beaume and Les Pierrelles. The vineyards are south-facing. Syrah is grown on the areas of stony brown sand and marsanne is grown on the areas of loam and red clay. The vineyards are mainly located on hillsides, which makes it difficult to use machinery, especially for the harvest which is still done by hand. 

In the 1970s, the winery buildings surrounded the family’s cellar.
In 1998, a new underground cellar and a vatting room were built.
A new extension is to be built soon, to house a pressing room and a storage room for palox boxes and bottles.

Domaine des Martinelles 

F.X. Pichler

Wachau

F.X. Pichler

"F.X. Pichler is the Chateau Latour, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Zind-Humbrecht, Sandrone and Helen Turley of the Wachau." Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, 2002.

This fifth-generation family winery started around 1928 when Franz Pichler started to rigorously select Gruner Veltliner clones by focusing on small-berried grapes.  These produced lower yields, yet afforded higher extracts and tighter aromas and flavours.  Pichler is proud of their single-vineyard sites because the authenticity of their wines is individually based on each site.  It is primarily the steep mountainous terraces from the 12th and 13th centuries, which produce mighty wine, exhibiting a delicate, dainty opulence. 

The Wachau is a cultural landscape that was officially documented by the admission of the 36-kilometer long riverside between Melk and Krems as a "Cultural World Heritage" by UNESCO.  The Wachau is the only region in Austria that identifies specific styles of wine by using the terms Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd.

F.X. Pichler

Ciù Ciù

Le Marche (Offida)

Certified organic

The Ciù Ciù estate started in 1970 as a very small, family owned winery with “quality” and “respect of the land” as its core philosophies.  Although the winery has grown considerably over the years, these philosophies remain the same.  The winery and vineyards are situated along the rolling hills of the countryside in Le Marche’s Offida region.  This area is considered the heart of Rosso Piceno Superiore, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Offida DOC wines regions.

A great deal of attention has been spent in the last decade to the pursuit of premium quality wines, and the wines continue to improve.  One main tenet that has been consistent at Ciu Ciu is that fine wine is made in the vineyard, not in the cellar.  You must start with quality grapes to make quality wine.

Lanciola

Tuscany (Chianti)

Lanciola

Azienda Agricola Lanciola is situated just outside of Florence on the rolling hills of Impruneta, near Pozzolatico, in the “Colli Fiorentini” production area.  It isimmersed in the tuscan countryside among olive-groves, cypress trees and vineyards. The estate totals 80 hectares, 40 hectares of which are planted to vine, with the remainder devoted to olive-groves.  The estate has enjoyed an illustrious past: in Medicean times, it belonged to the noble Ricci family.  These owners were responsible for setting up the estate’s early farming and winemaking activities. The goal of the present owners, the Guarnieri family, has been to been to maximize the use of the land.

The estate’s vineyards, formerly called “Terre dei Ricci”, now produce ‘‘Terricci”.  This wine is an IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) red table wine made principally from large berry Sangiovese Grosso and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  The estate also makes “Ricciobianco “, a Chardonnay based white wine, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Vinsanto, “‘Riccionero”, which is 100% Pinot Noir, and a top quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

In Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, the Azienda Agricola Lanciola owns 14 hectares, 10 of which are devoted to specialized vineyards with optimum south-west exposure, on particularly favorable soil, at an altitude of approximately 300 meters. In addition to Sangiovese, the vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Canaiolo and Colorino grapes.

Lanciola

Schiopetto

Friuli (Collio)

Schiopetto

Azienda Agricola Mario Schiopetto is one of the oldest wine estates in the Collio area. The Schiopetto family has been in the wine business for three generations, and started when Giorgio Schiopetto (Carlo’s grandfather) passed on to his son (Mario) his love of good wines.  This passion would eventually give him the title as founding father of modern wine Azienda Agricola Mario Schiopetto is one of the oldest wine estates in the Collio area. The Schiopetto family has been in the wine business for three generations, and started when Giorgio Schiopetto (Carlo’s grandfather) passed on to his son (Mario) his love of good wines.  This passion would eventually give him the title as founding father of modern wine making in Friuli.  Before turning to wine making, Mario traveled to Germany and France to explore the quality wines made in their famed wine cellars.  It was German technology, blended with French finesse that enabled him to realize his dream. Mario learned the art and refined methods of making excellent wines, but skill and know-how, even when applied with passion, are not always enough. They must be painstakingly adapted to a different environment and climate, more specifically a different region with a unique terrain, like the one in the Collio Goriziano area. Self-taught and gifted with exceptional intuition, Mario Schiopetto launched into the wine business in 1965, and Schiopetto was one of the first wineries in Friuli to ferment in stainless steel vats, keeping wines fresh and crisp.  Today, the estate is run by Mario’s three children: Maria Angela, Giorgio and Carlo, and owns more than 75 acres of vineyards surrounding the former residence of the Bishop of Gorizia, in Capriva del Friuli.

“A brilliant producer, Schiopetto is the reference point for just how flavorful, perfumed, and compelling dry whites from Friuli can be. Mario Schiopetto continues to satiate the olfactory sense and palate with his extraordinary offering. While not cheap, they are the most compelling tank-fermented and aged dry whites made in north-eastern Italy. Possessing abundant flavors that build incrementally in the mouth, they are dazzling wines that I can’t recommend highly enough.” Robert Parker

“Legendary pioneer of Collio, with a 20,000 cases production base. Excellent his Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc and Tocai DOC, as well has his ensemble wine known as Blanc des Rosis. The new IGT wines are elegant and generous, with wines from both the area of Collio and Colli Orientali.” - Hugh Johnson, Wine Atlas 2007****

2009 Winery of the Year  - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Schiopetto

Giorgio, Maria Angela and Carlo

PharoahMoans Winery

Paso Robles

PharoahMoans Winery

PharoahMoans is a joint venture between John Schwartz, owner of Amuse Bouche Winery in Napa Valley, and Chef Bryan Ogden, recipient of the James Beard Award for best restaurant 2003. With their combined 35 years in the wine and food industry, they have teamed up with renowned French winemaker-gone-Californian Stephan Asseo, owner of L’Aventure Winery on the Central Coast. Asseo has been praised by Robert Parker for "producing creative and adventurous wines that possess singular personalities as well as loads of potential for both near-term drinking and long-term aging." Their mutual objective was to create the best Syrah in California under the Paso Robles appellation. They have spared no expense, from farming to the bottle, to bring you a truly remarkable wine.

The name PharaohMoans pays tribute to the birthplace of wine - and plays with the term "pheromones", which of course is the hormonal influence behind a variety of sensory patterns, including consumption of very fine wines.

PharoahMoans vineyards are located in Paso Robles Wine Country, centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, distinct micro-climates, diverse soils and a long growing season, Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra premium wines.

PharoahMoans Winery

 

Amuse Bouche Winery

Napa Valley

Amuse Bouche Winery

Video

Collectible wine and collectible art come together to create Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot, a joint wine venture with Heidi Barrett and John Schwartz. This Pomerol-style Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend is made from some of the best grape sources in the Napa Valley. Amuse Bouche wine aspires to rival its greatest cross-Atlantic counterparts, such as Chateau Petrus and Chateau Le Pin.

As winemaker for several of the hottest cult wines in California, and referred to by TIME magazine as “The Wine Diva of Napa”, Heidi Barrett is always looking for new challenges. Heidi explains, “We have created Amuse Bouche wine, a limited edition, superb Pomerol style wine with the added value of limited edition art that is available to consumers through a variety of channels.” Since 1988 she has developed a stellar client list of super and ultra-premium wineries. She is currently winemaker for Jones Family, Barbour Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Showket Vineyards, Lamborn Family, and two newcomers Lynch and Revana Family Vineyards. Past clients include Screaming Eagle, Grace Family, Vineyard 29, Hartwell/Grace, and Oakford Vineyards. In addition to these clients, she does a limited amount of consulting work for Diamond Creek Winery and Niebaum-Coppola (Rubicon) where she works with their winemakers to further improve their wines.

Merging art with our wines was something of a philosophical decision. The former can be enjoyed indefinitely, enduring for many lifetimes. Wine collectors may revel in the subtleties of a vertical collection; but in the end, ‘fine wine is the only true art that must be destroyed in order to be fully appreciated.’ We strive to offer you the pleasures of both art forms.

Amuse Bouche

Podere Il Carnasciale

Tuscany (Mercatale Val D'arno)

“Il Caberlot” and its baby brother, “Carnasciale” are the only commercialized wines in the world that are made from a unique clone of Cabernet Franc discovered four decades ago, named “Caberlot”.

The romance of the Il Caberlot starts in the 1960’s when Remigo Bordini discovered a very unique clone growing in Veneto. The clone was a mysterious genetic mutation of Cabernet Franc but had characteristics of Merlot grapes, the Caberlot was born. Remigo joined forces with Bettina and Wolf Rogosky (Wolf passed away in 1996) to start planting this unique Caberlot in 1986, on less than an acre. The Rogosky’s were so excited about their new found varietal, that they decided as a sign of positive energy to plant a bottle of Sassicaia under the first Caberlot vine.

These wines are hand bottled in magnums and up until 2005 they were only available in small quantities in a few restaurants in Florence and Paris. With the limited production of only 1000 magnums for 13 vintages, the Il Caberlot has become one of Italy’s most sought after wines with cult status in Europe.

Peter Schilling, Bettina Rogosky and Bernard at VinItaly 2008

 

Dei

Tuscany (Montepulciano)

Dei

In 1964, Dei, Maria Caterina’s grandfather, bought the first vineyard on the estate, the beautifully positioned Bossona vineyard.  This vineyard is gorgeous for its perfectly southwestern exposition to the sun and well drained soil.  Her grandfather planted the estates first vines here, which today produce the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Bossona Riserva.

In 1973, Alibrando Dei bought Martiena, another piece of land of 20ha surrounding the estate’s marvelous villa built in the late 19th century, and restored during the 1930s by famous Italian architect Piacentini.  The Villa is a few minutes outside of the historic town  of Montepulciano, surrounded by a lush, green park planted to magnolias and old cypress trees.

For the first twenty years, Alibrando sold his grapes to local wineries.  In the 1980s, the family decided to try vinifying their own wine, in hopes of becoming wine  producers themselves.  In 1985, they rented an ancient wine cellar in Montepulciano, and without any technical assistance, bottled their first Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  In 1989, Galileo Dei, Maria Caterina’s father, started to build what is today’s wine cellar, a modestly sized, but practical and functional wine cellar located at the end of the villa’s driveway, surrounded by the vineyards. Today, the family has embarked on a large project to build a new winery, where the cellars will be deep underground, with tasting room and gallery-like windows on the main floor, overlooking an open and expansive outdoor amphitheatre.  

In 1991, Maria Caterina quit her career of singer and actress to dedicate her time to her family’s estate and vineyards.  She is now the face and brand ambassador of Azienda Dei, and has also recently released a full length album featuring cover songs of varying styles.


Azienda Dei

   

Accadia

Le Marche (Serra San Querico)

Organic vineyard practices

The company was founded in 1983 and in 1991 part of the land was converted into a vineyard. Having come into contact with an expert agronomist, the idea soon came to plant a white Verdicchio grape vine to make the classic and superior versions of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. At the same time the black grapes of Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Lacrima vines were also planted for the production of Rosso Piceno. This collaboration then led to the optimal organization of the vineyard and the cellars and later to the choice of the rootstock and the plant clones, the selection of the most suitable equipment for the management of the vineyard and for the pressing and storage of the wine.

Sottimano

Piedmont (Neive)

Sottimano

Organic practices

Video

“I can’t think of too many properties that have made such huge strides in quality as Sottimano has. Recent bottles of the 2001 and 2004 Barbaresco Pajore revealed an enormous leap in elegance and finesse. Fortunately, Sottimano’s entry-level wines are every bit as delicious as their Barbarescos, so readers won’t need to mortgage the house to drink great wines from this producer. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but these are truly exceptional wines at this level, or any level for that matter.” Antonio Galloni, August 2008, Wine Advocate.  

The Sottimano winery was founded in 1974 by Maggiore Sottimano in the Cottá area, a very highly reputed area for Nebbiolo grapes. Since then, Mr. Rino Sottimano the owner has developed the estate by buying other prestigious vineyards: Currá, Fausoni, Pajoré and, more recently, Basarin. Currently, the family cultivates an average of 13 hectares and the production is divided into five “crus” of Barbaresco: Currá, Cotta, Fausoni, Basarin and Pajoré,one Dolcetto “Bric del Salto”, one Barbera “Pairolero” and one dry Brachetto , called “Maté”. The company produces an average of 60,000 bottles.

Particular attention is given to the cultivation of the vineyards; in this way, through very low yields, it is possible to produce structured, full bodied wines, which can be aged for several years. Since 1990, the vines have undergone only natural processes ,with no use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or diserbants; the traditional diseases, that normally afflict the vineyards, are treated using eco-friendly products. The application of these products is kept to a minimum and they are used only if necessary. During the vinification, they don’t use selected yeasts and the wines are bottled without filtering or fining.

Sottimano

Deltetto

Piedmont (Canale)

Deltetto

Video

Since 1953 The Deltetto family has produced high quality wines in the areas of Langhe and Roero. The family business is located in Canale and was established by Carlo Deltetto, who began the activity, always respecting nature and the great wine tradition of Piedmont. Since 1977, after his studies on oenology, Carlo’s son, Antonio (together with his wife Graziella, their son Carlo, and their daughters Cristina and Claudia), has run the business, trying to respect his father’s aim.

The production is varied and complete, including the traditional red wines such as the Roero Braja, the Barolo Sistaglia, the Barbera “Rocche delle Marasche” and the Barbera Bramè. With regards to the white wines, the Arneis San Michele, the Arneis Daivej and the Favorita Sarvai are produced and have found their best habitat in the Roero area.

In the last few years The Deltetto family has had many a success, such as with the Passito Bric du Liun, a top quality wine obtained from Arneis grapes, and the production of bubbles through the classic method “champenoise”. This production began with the Extra Brut Millesimato and was then completed with the Brut and the Rosè, wines which combine two of the most famous vines, Nebbiolo and Pinot Nero. Thanks to acknowledgements for the D.O.C.G. 2005 harvest, these wines are now considered to be amongst the most important in Italy.

Deltetto

Left to right Claudia, Antonio, Carlo senior, Graziella,
Cristina and Carlo jr.

Château La Grolet

Bordeaux (Côtes de Bourg)

Château La Grolet

Certified Organic (ECOCERT) and Certified Biodynamic (Demeter)

Château La Grolet is one of two châteaux owned by the Hubert family. Jean-Luc Hubert and his wife Catherine have brought life back into this noble XVIII century house.  They are committed to natural viticulture and enhancing the biodiversity of their vineyard to protect the old vines. All vines are hand pruned and hand harvested to insure the grapes stay intact.

Organic Farming

Weed killers are banned and products used to treat the vines are limited to sulphur and bacillus thuringiensis. The vines are only fed with natural fertilizer, rock powder, organic compost and green fertilizer. The vineyards are controlled by the certifying agency AB ECOCERT.

Insects help to reduce the use of fungicides including copper widely used in Organic Agriculture. The strategy focuses on maintaining the biodiversity involving the auxiliary predators of vine parasites. Indirectly, the greater level of biodiversity, the lower the doses of treatment required.

Château La Grolet

Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert

J.M. Raffault

Loire (Chinon)

J.M. Raffault

The J.M. Raffault winery is located in Chinon in the central Loire valley, near Tours. The family has been in Chinon since 1693 and as of 1997 Jean-Maurice Raffault’s famous Chinon estate is now run by his son Rodolphe.

The estate is spread over 55 hectares and over 7 districts within the Controlled Appellation Chinon. For this reason, each “cuvée” corresponds to a particular soil. 

Each wine is vinified and aged separately. The maceration period ranges from 15 to 28 days. Rodolphe continues the tradition of aging the Chinons in neutral oak casks that are more than 10 years old. Today, their cellar houses 900 barrels and is the largest in the region. Maturation takes place over 18 months in three huge caves cut into the limestone cliffs, protected from light and at a constant temperature of 56 degrees and 85% humidity. Racking is done from barrel to barrel, in the traditional method, which helps to clarify the wines along with a later fining with egg whites. Wines are left unfiltered, so bottles may throw some sediment with time.

J.M. Raffault

Gatinois

Champagne (Aÿ)

Gatinois

Since the marriage of Nicolas Le Cacheur and Francoise Remy in 1696, three centuries have seen the famous Grand Cru vineyards of Aÿ passed through twelve generations of winegrowers.  Since 1980, husband and wife, Pierre and Marie Paule Cheval-Gatinois have run the winery with the same attention to detail as did their ancestors.  Their goal is to make what Champagne holds as most prestigious: the prized Grand Cru wines from Aÿ.

“A small producer with a high reputation, owner Pierre Cheval can trace back his family line to Nicolas le Cacheur, a vigneron in Aÿ in 1696.  Like many growers today, Gatinois sells part of this production to various houses, but increasingly makes more of his own Champagne.”  “Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wines” By Tom Stevenson

Gatinois has long had the reputation as being one of the top growers / producers in Aÿ, a Grand Cru village located in the Montagne de Reims.  Gatinois sits on 7.3 hectares of vines divided into 30 lieudits (named vineyard sites), with an average size of 26 acres.  The names of each of these parcels sign the history and authenticity of the sites:  Chaufour, Cheuzelle, la Croix Coucelles, le Han, Valnon, Vauregnier, Chatillon, Bonotte, etc.

All of the Gatinois holdings are Grand Cru, with 90% planted to Pinot Noir.  Among the Pinot Noir parcels is the now-rare, low-yielding Petit Pinot d’Aÿ clone on which Aÿ‘s reputation was built centuries ago.  The remaining vines are planted to Chardonnay, famous for its complexity and balance.

Bruno Giacosa

Piedmont (Neive)

Bruno Giacosa

 

The work of three generations of vinegrowers has resulted in the passion, knowledge and farsightedness of Bruno Giacosa. An old passion born among the best vineyards of the Langhe territory, in search of grapes to buy, some coming from vineyards successively acquired by Bruno Giacosa himself. The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langhe and Roero regions and vineyards cultivated with loving care. It continues with pure, meticulous vinification, with ageing in grand oak barrels and with unforgettable Reserves. But it also includes, naturally enough, the choice not to bottle those mediocre vintages deemed unworthy of vinification. Bruno’s art encompasses passion, love for Nebbiolo and clear judgement but, above all, the utmost respect for his product, its admirers and for the beautiful countryside where he and his family were born and raised.


The Azienda Agricola Falletto Winery comprises twenty hectares of vineyards within the Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra and Barbaresco areas. Nebbiolo and Delcetto vineyards are in the territories of the commune of La Morra, at its highest points some 500m above sea level, with western exposure.  They have been recently acquired by Bruno Giacosa and represent the start of a new viticultural and oenological experience.  The vine growing and wine making processes are followed through with care from beginning to end, culminating with vinification and ageing within thier cellars in Neive.

Bruno Giacosa

Ulithorne

McLaren Vale

Ulithorne

Sustainable practices

‘Ulithorne’ is an old, small family-owned vineyard situated in the premier wine region of McLaren Vale in South Australia. Its hilly, terraced and contoured vine rows overlook the sea, bordering the Onkaparinga River National Park. As custodians of this land, Sam Harrison and Rose Kentish aim to consistently produce exceptional quality wine from over 30 year old vines. Through sustainable vineyard practices, minimal irrigation, low yields, timely harvesting and TLC, Sam and Rose believe that they are providing a platform for the making of great wine.

A low incidence of pests and diseases means ‘Ulithorne’ is managed without any pesticides and only organically registered sulphur and copper sprays to prevent fungal disease. Ulithorne makes their own compost for organic fertilizer and intend to design an under-vine ‘weed slasher’ so full conversion to organics can be achieved. Irrigation is only applied mid summer as a supplement so the vines do not over-stress.  Yields range from 1-3 tonnes per acre depending on the block. Permanent cover crops are sown to increase organic bulk and reduce the need for cultivation. Tractors and vehicles are fueled by bio-diesel to reduce carbon emissions.

Ulithorne
Rose Kentish, winemaker & owner

Nigl

Kremstal

Nigl

Like many quality-minded winemakers, Martin Nigl’s philosophy is that "the wine grows in the vineyard."  He believes that with white wine in particular, the work accomplished in the vineyards is absolutely essential, since wine is unforgiving of the slightest error.  Consequently, Martin meticulously inspects his vineyards nearly every day in order to make crucial decisions about pruning, pest control, watering, thinning out grapes and vintage, all at the appropriate time.  Typical of Martin Nigl’s wines is their crystalline mineral character resulting from the soil of the primary rocks on which the vines grow.

  Weingut Nigl

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña (Señorío de P.Peciña)

La Rioja Alta

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña (Señorío de P.Peciña)

Sustainable practices

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña is located in the heart of the Upper Rioja, or Rioja Alta, in the Sonsierra Riojana.  This area is ideal for growing vines, squeezed between the summits of the Sierra Cantabria and the banks of the Ebro River.  These combined influences of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean make for a microclimate all of its own, producing unique grapes of a quality that are difficult to match.

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña started in 1992 and now has 50 Ha of its own vines, with an average age of 25 years.  In 1997,the winery began to sell fine aged wines in the categories of Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva and Reserva Vendimia.  The grapes are harvested manually and the vineyards are farmed in a sustainable fashion, without the use of any systemic fungicides or pesticides.  The clusters are carefully placed into small crates of approximately 15 kilos capacity so that the grapes do not suffer any pressure and the juice is not crushed out of the berries, which must come into the winery intact.  If the berries were to break and the must escape there could be unwanted fermentation and oxidation.  To avoid this, crates are placed on the gondola and quickly taken to the bodega.  Care is always taken to make the best wine possible.

Señorío de P.Peciña

Peju Family Estate Wines

Napa Valley

Organic

Peju, founded in 1982 by Tony and Herta Peju, is a family-owned boutique winery located in the Rutherford Appellation.  Peju wines are hand-crafted using fruit organically farmed from their Rutherford Estate Vineyard and their sustainably farmed Persephone Vineyard. Travelers to the Napa Valley will enjoy their magnificent 50-foot tasting room tower, pristine gardens and unique food and wine events and classes.

Peju Family Estates Wines

Fita Preta Vinhos

Alentejo

Fita Preta Vinhos

Jamie Drummond podcast with David Booth - Episode 25

Portuguese winemaker António Maçanita and English viticultural consultant, David Booth met for the first time in early 2004.  Over the next few months, a close friendship developed and when the opportunity came up to buy some pretty special grapes from some vineyards that David was managing, and António was able to rent some space in a local winery, the business rapidly took shape and Fita Preta Vinhos was founded.

Their distinctive, rich and complex wines that are the result of applying their specialist skills with huge personal attention to detail at every point in the production chain; from vineyard site selection, grape growing, harvesting, fermentation, maturing, label design, marketing and distribution.

Fita Preta Vinhos

 

Château Gilette

Bordeaux (Sauternes)

Château Gilette

Jamie Drummond podcast with Julie Gonet-Médeville - Episode 20

Château Gilette, is unique amongst Sauternes producers in that they age their wines for many years, sometimes decades, only in concrete vats before they are bottled.

Current owner and winemaker, Julie Gonet-Médeville, continues this tradition begun by her grandfather, René Médeville, more than 70 years ago. René couldn’t afford the expense of oak barrels during the 1930s, so he chose to age his wines in concrete vats. He discovered the wines matured more evenly than in wood, and developed more complex aromas and flavours than those he had formerly aged in oak. The vat permitted the wines to breathe so slowly that the winery was content to allow the wines to age there for up to 20 years before bottling. In fact, the youngest wine in this collection (1985) is just about to have its 23rd birthday!

“Gilette is one of the finest-made wines in Sauternes despite the fact that Gilette was not classified. The vineyard, situated several miles north of Yquem, is planted on sandy soil with a subsoil of rock and clay. However, what is bizarre and unbelievable in today’s harsh world of commercial realities is that Gilette’s proprietor, Christian Médeville, holds his sweet wines for over 20 years in concrete vats prior to bottling them. For example, he bottled the 1955 in 1984, 29 years after the vintage. The fact that his wines are excellent and have a honeyed maturity has caused some of France’s leading restauranteurs (like Pierre Troisgros) to beat a path to his door to purchase his old vintages of Sauternes.” (Robert Parker)

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Tuscany (Montalcino)

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The roots of the Colombini family in Tuscany go back to 1592, and their tradition of excellence in winemaking began in 1790 with the founding of the Fattoria dei Barbi.  It was in the 1960’s that Francesca Cinelli Colombini, also known as the “Lady of Brunello” made a name for herself as the stalwart leader of Barbi’s top wines.  When the next generation came into the spotlight, her son Stefano took over the family estate, while Francesca placed her daughter Donatella in charge of farming the neighbouring Azienda del Casato.  Her father Fausto later appointed Donatella to manage the Fattoria del Colle.

Donatella is a major force in the world of quality Italian wine and has spurred important advances in enotourism: she conceptualized “Cantine Aperte,” a nationwide day for winemakers to welcome visitors, and has even provided marketing tools to the elite producers throughout Italy.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

 

Fanti

Tuscany (Montalcino)

Fanti

The Fanti Estate has belonged to the Fanti Family since the beginning of the eighteenth century. It extends over about 300 hectares, of which 52 are specialized vineyards, 110 are olive orchards, with over 8,500 olive trees, 80 hectares used for seed plots and 70 as forests. In 2004, Fanti began building their modern and spacious gravity-flow cellar for winemaking, ageing and refinement.  Specifically designed to improve handling of the carefully selected grapes produced with extreme care in the vineyards, this system avoids unnecessary and aggressive pumping.  Fanti aims to offer truly characteristic, high quality wines, which are expressive of the soil and climate of the vineyards in which they are grown.

Fanti

Bernard at Fanti with wine order ready for Ontario


J.M. Sohler

Alsace (Bas-Rhin)

J.M. Sohler

Situated 30 km south west of Strasbourg, J.M. Sohler finds its home in Blienschwiller, a hamlet surrounded by high quality wine producers. To the north lies Nothalten, a city that formerly produced Sylvaner, but now noted for its Rieslings, especially Grand Cru Muenchberg. To the south lies Dambach-la-Ville, considered by many to be the best wine village in the Bas-Rhin.

Where winemaking has been a tradition for centuries, the two houses pictured on the label are the home and winery of the Sohler family. The caves, where all the wine is matured, date back to 1563. Matured in both 228 litre barrels as well as 5000 litre century-old French oak casks, J.M. Sohler’s wines originate exclusively from the vineyards’ own hand-picked harvest. J.M. Sohler currently bottles 25,000 – 30,000 bottles each year, which is approximately 40% of its total production. The remaining 60% is sold in bulk to larger négociants of the region. These include some of the most prominent and internationally recognized wineries from the Alsace, including F.E. Trimbach, Domaine Klipfel and J. Hauller & Fils.

DogRidge Wine Company

McLaren Vale

DogRidge Wine Company

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Sustainable practices

DogRidge supports vineyard biodiversity and employs modern sustainable viticultural practices that optimize vine health and sun exposure, creating fruit of extraordinary quality.

Named DogRidge for the winemaking family’s extreme love of Curly Coat Retrievers The Dog Ridge’s ecologically driven vineyards typify why the McLaren Vale is such a great winegrowing region. The balanced vines on the estate have consistently produced powerful wines with generous fruit driven spicy flavours and perfumed aromas.

DogRidge is located at the base of The Range overlooking the McLaren Vale wine region. This premium South Australian wine-growing region is known for its consistency and reliability. The DogRidge Vineyards employ modern viticultural practices, which optimise sun exposure and canopy health, resulting in ripe fruit of intense colour and quality. This desirable combination has led to the creation of wines that express outstanding depth of colour, aromatic elegance and richness of flavour.

DogRidge owns 140 acres (56 hectares) and operates established grapevines ranging in age from 2001 plantings to some of the oldest vines remaining in the region today. At the McLaren Flat vineyards, DogRidge boasts some 60+ year-old Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache that form the basis of their bottled product. The soils vary considerably over a small area giving them the opportunity to select small parcels of the best fruit for small batch fermentation.

DogRidge Wine Company

 

Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille

Burgundy (Auxey-Duresses)

Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille

Sustainable practices

Auxey-Duresses is a small village of 350 inhabitants, situated in Côte de Beaune, 10 km from Beaune, 2 km from Meursault. It is tucked in a valley between where the great red wines of Volnay and Pommard meet the great white wines of Meursault. The Prunier family has been making wine in Auxey-Duresses for over four generations. After establishing their own winery in 1968, Michel Prunier and his wife, Michèle started off with one inherited hectare and one rented hectare. Since the addition of their daughter Estelle to the team, the family now looks after a total of twelve hectares. Their land is divided amongst several Appellation Contrôlées in the Côte de Beaune: Meursault, Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune and Auxey-Duresses.

Although Michel Prunier’s winemaking style does follow traditional practices, modern viticultural techniques are employed in order to craft these great wines. Producing both red and white wines, the domaine uses principally organic viticultural techniques. Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille has been mentioned and acknowledged by many French and foreign guides such as Gault et Millau, Revue des Vins de France, Le Guide Dussert Gerbert, Le Guide Hachette, Vins et Santé, Guides des Vignobles et de la Gastronomie, as well as guides by Robert Parker and Hugh Johnson. The winery has received many gold & silver medals over the years for their outstanding wines.

Domaine Michel Prunier et Fille