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France • Burgundy • @alinebeaune

Aline Beauné

Whilst 2018 may well be Aline Beauné’s first ever solo vintage, she’s no stranger to winemaking in the Cote Chalonnaise. For 15 years she has been heading up the winemaking for Château de la Crée (a domaine based in nearby Santenay) when a few years ago she decided it was time to do it all herself. So when the Buxy co-operative’s lease on 5ha of her families 12ha of Montagny vines came to an end she jumped at the chance. Her 5ha are found in the commune of Saint-Vallerin and are split between; 12.5% Aligoté, 25% Bourgogne Blanc, 50% Montagny Villages and 12.5% Montagny 1er cru Chazelle. Aline really is just at the beginning of her journey and with her skills and experience, exellent vines as her raw materials, and a modern vision and passion to build and develop her wines I think she’ll take them a long long way.

Est

2018

Size

6ha

Wines

4

Soil

Clay, Limestone, Marl

Prod

15,000 btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

Biodynamic Preperations

Ferm

Wild and cultured

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Aligoté

2021

Burgundy

Aligoté
Acidity, Cream soda, Creamy, Dragon-fruit, Fresh, Lemon,

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Blanc Magnum

2020

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Hazlenuts, Lemon, Long, Pear, Salty, Structured,

Aline Beauné

Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire

2021

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
,

Aline Beauné

Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire Magnum

2020

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
,

Aline Beauné

Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire

2020

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
,

Aline Beauné

Montagny Magnum

2021

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Acidity, Dry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Powerful, Stones,

Aline Beauné

Montagny Villages

2020

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Acidity, Dry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Powerful, Stones,

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Blanc Magnum

2021

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Hazlenuts, Lemon, Long, Pear, Salty, Structured,

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Blanc

2021

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Hazlenuts, Lemon, Long, Pear, Salty, Structured,

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Aligoté Magnum

2021

Burgundy

Aligoté
Acidity, Cream soda, Creamy, Dragon-fruit, Fresh, Lemon,

Spain • Bierzo • @altosdesanesteban

Altos de San Esteban

Located in the Bierzo Alto in the municipality of Torre de Bierzo (only recently permitted into the Bierzo DO), Altos de San Esteban is a relatively new project. An idea born out of four friends, one of whom inherited just 3ha of vines from his father. The higher vineyards and red clay heavy soil profiles of Bierzo Alto, whilst different from the more traditional Mencia vineyards, allows for much later grape maturation and retention of acidity and freshness. The 2019 harvest saw Fermin Uria join as winemaker, having worked for four years at the emblematic Bierzo winery, Dominio de Tares as well as a long stint in Ribera del Duero. Viticulture in the winery is all organic, with spontaneous fermentations, low and minimal intervention in the winery.

Est

we're not sure!

Size

3ha

Wines

1

Soil

Ferric Clay

Prod

5,000 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Altos de San Esteban

La Perra Gorda

2020

Bierzo

Mencia
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Fresh, Leaves, Savoury, Structured,

Italy • Emilia-Romagna • @ancaranivini

Ancarani

The Ancarani winery is a small estate run by the family of the same name, located in Santa Lucia, a hamlet of Faenza. In 1934, grandfather Pietro, known as Delmo, bought the first hectares of land, handing them down to future generations, with the task of protecting them, loving them and sharing their story. Claudio runs the winery today, putting his passion and dedication into every single aspect. The vineyards of the Ancarani winery are located near the fortress of Oriolo, in the hills of Faenza, Emilia-Romagna. Throughout the rows, strictly native vines are grown, such as Sangiovese, Burson, Centesimino and Famoso, amongst others, harvested and vinified using traditional techniques. Production in the vineyard is limited to the natural characteristics of the terroir, and the grape bunches are pruned and carefully selected to ensure a richer bouquet and healthier grapes. Sulphites are reduced to a minimum, and Ancarani follows a philosophy that strives to protect the values of biodiversity and sustainability, paying close attention to the correct functioning of the ecosystem. In the cellar, maceration is long in order to transfer all the components present in the grapes to each individual wine variety. Each harvest, Ancarani produces just under 40,000 bottles, spread over nine different labels, mostly white wines.

Est

1994

Size

20ha

Wines

4

Soil

Sand; Calcareous Clay

Prod

20,000 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low

Ancarani

Baglio Antico

2020

Emilia-Romagna

Sangiovese
Bright, Cherry, Chocolate, Powdery, Raspberry, Smooth,

Ancarani

Le Signore

2021

Emilia-Romagna

Famoso
Blossom, Grapefruit, Juicy, Oily, Peach, Soft,

France • Loire • @batardlangelier

Batard Langelier

Jeremie and his wife Claire are third generation winemakers responsible for around 24 hectares of vines (averaging 40 years old) in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appelation to the SE of Nantes. Found a mere 50km away from the Atalantic the true joy in their wines, and the reason I have taken 4 cuvees from the same one single grape (Melon de Bourgogne), is the variety of soils on which it grows and varying time it spends aging on its lees. 

Est

1910

Size

24ha

Wines

7

Soil

Metamorphic, Gneiss, Gabbro

Prod

30k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Batard Langelier

Polaris

2020

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
Apple, Bright, Fresh, Lime, Saline, Zesty,

Batard Langelier

Pensées Nocturnes

2020

Loire

Folle Blanche
Bone-dry, Green-apple, Lemon, Mineral, Tense, Vanilla,

Batard Langelier

Chateau Thébaud

2019

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
,

Batard Langelier

Oxymore

2018

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
High acidity, Honey, Intense, Lemon, Mineral, Pear,

Batard Langelier

Oxymore

2016

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
High acidity, Honey, Intense, Lemon, Mineral, Pear,

Batard Langelier

Metaphore

2021

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
Cake, Juicy, Mango, Mouthwatering, Passionfruit, Textured,

Batard Langelier

Didascalie

2021

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
Creamy, Dense, Lemon, Lime, Mineral, Stones,

Batard Langelier

Polaris

2021

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
Apple, Bright, Fresh, Lime, Saline, Zesty,

Spain • Montilla-Moriles • @bodegasrobles

Bodegas Robles

Bodegas Robles is a 32-hectare family owned Bodega that has been producing sherry style Montillas since 1927. In 1999, under 3rd generation siblings Francisco and Pilar, they became certified organic and turned their attention to several agro-environmental projects to improve soil quality, help retain moisture and using crop cover to encourage new flora and insects to the vineyards. They pride themselves on sustainability, eschewing the use of excessive packaging and ideally only want to sell their Fino & Sweet PX in BIB – hence the brilliant price!

Est

1927

Size

32ha

Wines

3

Soil

Chalk and Sandy Limestone

Prod

1.1m btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Robles

Miguel Galadi Oloroso 5L

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Apple, Classic, Raisins, Savoury, Silky, Walnut,

Robles

Miguel Galadi Oloroso

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Apple, Classic, Raisins, Savoury, Silky, Walnut,

Robles

5L Miguel Galadi Fino

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Capiscum, Fresh, Pineapple, Powerful, Smokey, White Flowers,

Robles

Miguel Galadi PX 5L

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Concentrated, Fig, Nuts, Raisins, Rich, Syrupy,

Robles

Miguel Galadi PX

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Concentrated, Fig, Nuts, Raisins, Rich, Syrupy,

Robles

Miguel Galadi Fino

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Capiscum, Fresh, Pineapple, Powerful, Smokey, White Flowers,

Spain • Majorca • @vinscanverdura

Ca'N Verdura

The origins of Ca’N Verdura date back six generations, working and cultivating the Binissalem vineyards between “possessions” (large agricultural farms) and wineries, which for centuries have surrounded the quintessential wine village of Majorca. Following this tradition, the project could only be understood in one way, making wines with a Majorcan character, with native varieties such as Mantonegro, Callet and Moll; in short, Binissalem wines.

Est

2012

Size

20ha

Wines

5

Soil

Call Vermell

Prod

37k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Ca'N Verdura

Supernova Negre

2022

Mallorca

Mantonegro
Cherry, Dry, Hedgerow, Plum, Raspberry, Savoury,

Ca'N Verdura

Vins Oblidats Negre

2021

Mallorca

Escursac
Blueberry, Elegant, Juicy, Red cherry, Soft, Violets,

Ca'N Verdura

Supernova Negre Magnum

2022

Mallorca

Mantonegro
Cherry, Dry, Hedgerow, Plum, Raspberry, Savoury,

Ca'N Verdura

Ca'n Verdura

2021

Mallorca

Mantonegro
Blackcurrants, Fresh, Plums, Savoury, Smoke, Soft,

Ca'N Verdura

Can Xicatlà

2021

Mallorca

Mantonegro Blanco
,

Ca'N Verdura

Supernova Blanc

2022

Mallorca

Moll
Apple, Creamy, Fresh, Pastry, Pear, Vanilla,

France • Languedoc • @cantalric

Cantalric

Cantalric, in the grand scheme of things, is a relatively new co-operative in the Languedoc. In 1976 three individual cellars united together to share their skills, technology and know how. Nowadays the organisation has around 250 growers with a total of 1500 hectares of land across 7 different appellations. Their vines stretch form the Alaric mountains in the Massif of Corbières to a corridor of valleys between Carcassonne and Narbonne. Their wines benefit from grapes grown in a variety of soils and climates offering concentrated, rich and varied styles, often highly original and atypical of their varietals.

Est

1976

Size

1500 ha

Wines

2

Soil

Sandy clay

Prod

200k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Cantalric

Sentiers du Sud Sauvignon

2022

Languedoc

Sauvignon Blanc
,

Cantalric

Sentiers du Sud Colombard

2022

Languedoc

Colombard
Apple, Fennel, Juicy, Melon, Soft, Zesty,

Italy • Sicily • @cantineamato

Cantine Amato

It was in the 1930s when Vincenzo Giardina Papa, who had emigrated to America when he was very young, decided to return to his homeland. His return to Sicily and the fact that he missed, more than anything else, the typical dishes of the island’s gastronomic tradition led him to open a small tavern in Piraino, in the province of Messina. This is the beginning of the story of the Amato winery: following in Vincenzo’s footsteps, his son-in-law Rosario Amato founded a winery in 1958 in Contrada S. Ignazio in Piraino. Here is where the company, in a larger, more modern and technological version, is still based today. The results obtained, which are the fruit of the passion and dedication with which Rosario devotes himself to his work, led him over the years to expand the winery by purchasing some wooden barrels and concrete tanks. In the 1980s, it was the turn of his son Salvatore, driven by the same dedication as his father and the same desire to improve the cellar, enriching it with avant-garde winemaking equipment. Today Salvatore is supported in the management of the company by his family, especially by his son Rosario, who continues the tradition as an oenologist, with a careful mind, new ideas and a lot of energy.

Est

1958

Size

80 ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay

Prod

80k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low

Cantine Amato

Vibrazioni Catarratto

2022

Sicily

Catarratto
Guava, Juicy, Peach, Ripe, Savoury, Vanilla,

Cantine Amato

Vibrazioni Nero d'Avola

2020

Sicily

Nero d'Avola
Black-cherry, Blackberry, Fresh, Juicy, Liquorice, Savoury,

Spain • Jumilla • @casadelaermita

Casa de la Ermita

Casa de la Ermita is a French “château” style house in the heart of baking hot Jumilla. With its vineyards situated at some 700 meters above sea level, the winery and its vines are found inside the “El Carche” National Park - a protected area of beauty. Founded in 1997 with their first vintage released in 1999 the winery strictly follows their philosophy to craft wine in the most natural way possible, respecting both the environment and their ancient Jumilla tradition of wine making. This winery was the first winery in Jumilla to produce organic wines.

Est

1997

Size

200ha

Wines

3

Soil

Dark Rock, Sand

Prod

680k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Casa de la Ermita

Seleccion Rey

2021

Jumilla

Cabernet Sauvignon
Concentrated, Damson, Juicy, Plums, Smooth, Violets,

Casa de la Ermita

Crianza

2018

Jumilla

Monastrell
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Powerful, Smooth, Spicy, Tomato,

Spain • Catalunya • @castelldorcava_vi

Castell d'Or

The Castell d’Or group was founded in 2005 and consists of nine different co-operative facilities covering seven of the twelve Catalan DOs. Their aim is to bring the 9 individual wineries, and the many co-operative members that make them up, the help and support they need to ensure they have access to quality modern wine making and advice. With a staff of 28, Castell d’Or controls a total of 2,800 hectares (6,919 acres) across every single vineyard. They have a team of winemakers at three facilities all with state of the art technology where the team of four or five, led by head winemaker Joan Rabada, work on the coupage and advise on things like treatments and harvests.

Est

2006

Size

2800 ha

Wines

3

Soil

Various

Prod

500k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Castell d'Or

Flama d'Or Blanco

2020

Catalunya

Xarel-lo
Crisp, Dry, Floral, High-acidity, Lemon, Peach,

Castell d'Or

Castell d'Or Tinto

2021

Cava

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Dry, Juicy, Plum, Ripe, Smoke,

Castell d'Or

Castell d'Or Blanco

2022

Cava

Macabeu
Floral, Fresh, Juicy, Lemon, Melon, Subtle,

Castell d'Or

Cossetania Brut Reserva

NV

Cava

Xarel-lo
Apple, Fresh, Lemon, Moorish, Soft, White-flowers,

France • Champagne • @champagne.dechannes

Christophe Dechannes

Champagne Christophe Dechannes is found in the town of Les Riceys in the heart of the Côte de Bar, the largest and the most southernly of the Champagne sub-regions. Their 9 hectares is made up of predominantly Pinot Noir vines (92%), but with a small special 0.5ha of Chardonnay which being so close to Chablis, benefits from the same Kimmeridgian soils. Vine age is between 20 and 60 years old. But make no mistake, they are a small Champagne House, making around just 30,000 bottles a year, across a total of 6 cuvées. Now under the third generation they are committed to working both traditionally and progressively, and are currently in the process of converting to HVE Level 3.

Est

1956

Size

9ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

4,500 btls

Agri

Sustainable

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Christophe Dechannes

Millesime

2014

Champagne

Pinot Noir
Brioche, Floral, Fresh, Golden Apple, Pear, Soft,

Spain • Priorat • @clos93doqpriorat

Clos 93

Clos 93 was the 93rd winery (Clos) to register with the Consejo Regulador de Priorat, created 10 years ago by brothers Rubén & Josep Sabaté, alongside their uncle Pepo, in whose house & garage they carefully craft the wines.

The grapes come from vines in the town of El Lloar, where they are just one of two wineries. With some 108 wineries now registered in Priorat, Clos 93 may not be the newest, but it is officially recognised as the smallest: producing just 12,500 bottles.

Est

2009

Size

7ha

Wines

5

Soil

Red Clay, Black Slate (Licorella)

Prod

14k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Clos 93

Vi de Vila El Lloar

2017

Priorat

Carignan
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Good Tannins, Pepper, Powerful, Structured,

Clos 93

L'Interrogant

2021

Priorat

Grenache
Balsamic, Blackcurrant, Juicy, Mouthwatering, Plum, Powerful,

Clos 93

L'Interrogant

2016

Priorat

Grenache
Balsamic, Blackcurrant, Juicy, Mouthwatering, Plum, Powerful,

Clos 93

Parentesis

2019

Priorat

Garnacha Blanca
Caramel, Honeyed, Layered, Long, Peach, Yellow Plum,

Clos 93

L’Exclamació

2020

Priorat

Syrah
Blackcurrant, Chocolate, Good Tannins, Intense, Raspberry, Savoury,

Clos 93

L’Exclamació Magnum

2018

Priorat

Syrah
Blackcurrant, Chocolate, Good Tannins, Intense, Raspberry, Savoury,

Clos 93

Parèntesis

2020

Priorat

Garnacha Blanca
Caramel, Honeyed, Layered, Long, Peach, Yellow Plum,

Spain • Catalayud • https://colasviticultores.es/

Colas Viticoltores

Colás Viticultores is a small artisan winery situated in the tiny village of Alhama de Aragón in the south-western corner of Aragón. The winery was founded as recently as 2010 by brothers César and Mario Colás, though they are actually the 5th generation of Colás wine growers. Having grown grapes for the local cooperative for over a hundred years they decided to go it alone and make their one and only wine: Roque Colás, a tribute to their great-great-grandfather the original Colas responsible for buying the land. The 14ha of vineyards, in which Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and (to a lesser extent) Merlot predominate, are located in a unique 800m high spot with dry, fresh winds and deep and varied soils. They continue to work organically, fermenting on wild yeasts with no filtration and gentle fining.

Est

2010

Size

14

Wines

2

Soil

Red Clay

Prod

7k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Colas Viticoltores

Torremocha Atlas

2019

Calatayud

Garnacha
Black cherry, Blackcurrant, Concentrated, Grippy, Powerful, Tomato,

Colas Viticoltores

Roque Colas

2018

Calatayud

Garnacha
Cherry, Concentrated, Dusty, Powerful, Raspberry, Smoke,

France • Bordeaux •  

Daniel Gevaert

I met Daniel about 6 years ago at a wine fair in London and have had his wine at the back of my mind even since: that is right until I went to visit him in 2020 and consequently shipped a small parcel them. His story is a fascinating one: in 2001, after having worked in industry, he took the odd decision to start rearing organic cattle. He acquired a heard of 40 or so Bazadaise cows - the Kobe beef of France - that he began to rear Biodynamically and just outside the small town of Bazas to the South East of Bordeaux. In 2010 he took over the only 2 ha of vines in the commune made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. He immediately began to work the vines Biodynamically and organically, making preparations and using the manure of his prized cows to fertilize the soil. The vines are covered with clover and wild flowers all year round. In 2011 he gained the status of Bordeaux Supérieur and 2012 he made his first harvest. His wines are certified organic and are soon to achieve Biodynamic certification.

Est

2009

Size

4ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

14k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Daniel Gevaert

Chateau Haut-Lacoste

2018

Bordeaux

Merlot
Cherry, Eucalyptus, Exotic, High acidity, Plum, Soft,

France • Beaujolais • @davidlargevigneron

David et Célia Large

David Large is a young vigneron based in Montmelas, in the southwest of the Beaujolais region. Here his family have been winegrowers since 1840. Initially, he started working for them, but then went off to the Rhône. There, working for the likes of Chapoutier and Guigal he discovered biodynamic farming. He returned to Beaujolais and over the last few years has built up his own wine domaine. He has 8 hectares of vines, mostly in Beaujolais Villages but also with some crus. He supplements this with some negociant grapes. Farming is organic. All Gamay fermentations are whole bunch, and he uses semi-carbonic maceration. David is into music, film and comics, and there is a popular culture element to his labels, which he does himself. But while the wines are packaged in a playful way, they are pretty serious.

Est

2012

Size

8ha

Wines

4

Soil

Clay, Granite

Prod

3,700 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

David et Célia Large

Poltergeist

2022

Beaujolais

Pinot Noir
Black Plum, Cherry, Dry, Intense, Juicy, Licquorice,

David et Célia Large

Jack Rabbit Slim's

2022

Beaujolais

Chardonnay
,

David et Célia Large

Les Grands Terriers

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Blackberry, Dense, Dry, Savoury, Sloe, Spice,

David et Célia Large

BTMBL

2022

Beaujolais

Gamay
Blueberry, Elegant, Juicy, Raspberry, Soft, Violets,

Italy • Veneto • @destefaniwinery

De Stefani

The De Stefani family began producing wine at the Colvendrame estate, between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Generations later, in the 1960's, they bought vines in the Piave Valley (Pra' Longo estate) and in Fossalta di Piave (Le Ronche estate) where they set up a new base and winery. Both enjoy exceptional micro-climates, due to the nearby Adriatic, the Dolomites Alps and the surrounding hills as well as a very particular “caranto” soil: a mix of Alpine white clay and minerals. Today Alessandro De Stefani produces organic wines under a very natural philosophy from old, high density, low yield vineyards. He pays homage to native varieties (like Marzemino and Raboso) and has an annual production of just 300.000 bottles from over 100 acres of vineyard. The winery only uses solar power and is 100% carbon neutral.

Est

1866

Size

60ha

Wines

7

Soil

Alluvial, Dolomite White Clay

Prod

117k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

De Stefani

Terre Nobili

2021

Veneto

Merlot
Bright, Cherry, Juicy, Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet-spice,

De Stefani

Blanc de Blanc Brut

NV

Veneto

Glera
Bright, Chalk, Dry, Elegant, Pear, Pineapple,

De Stefani

Stefen 1624

2016

Veneto

Marzemino
,

De Stefani

Olmera

2016

Veneto

Tocai Friulano
,

De Stefani

Olmera

2011

Veneto

Tocai Friulano
,

De Stefani

Soler

2019

Veneto

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Dried-fruit, Explosive, Plum, Rich, Structured,

De Stefani

Soler Magnum

2020

Veneto

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Dried-fruit, Explosive, Plum, Rich, Structured,

De Stefani

Soler

2020

Veneto

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Dried-fruit, Explosive, Plum, Rich, Structured,

De Stefani

Venezia

2021

Veneto

Merlot
Juicy, Plums, Smooth, Strawberry, Supple, Sweet-spice,

De Stefani

Venezia

2019

Veneto

Merlot
Juicy, Plums, Smooth, Strawberry, Supple, Sweet-spice,

De Stefani

DS Brut Millesimato

2022

Veneto

Glera
Delicate, Guava, Moorish, Pear, Smooth, White-flowers,

France • Savoie • @domaine_claude_quenard_et_fils

Domaine Claude Quenard & Fils

Certified Organic and biodynamic. The objective at Domaine Claud Quenard & Fils is to stimulate the natural defences of the vine by using as low intervention methods of farming as possible. From the use of plants, algae and mineral elements, as well as the minimal use of sulfur and copper in the vineyard, to working closely with the microbial life of their soils, they are leading the way for low intervention wines in the area, of which only a small handful of wineries practice. These styles of viticultural management naturally led them to the study and conversion to biodynamic farming, achieving demeter certification in 2016.

Est

1960

Size

18 ha

Wines

7

Soil

Argilo Calcaire

Prod

36k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeasts

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Claude Quenard & Fils

Bière au Mout de Rousanne

2021

Savoie

Beer Blonde
Apple, Bubbly, Creamy, Floral, Tart, Thirst-quenching,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Mondeuse Arbin

2018

Savoie

Mondeuse
Balsamic, Dusty, Juicy, Soft, Strawberry, Tomato,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Materia Rouge

2020

Savoie

Gamay
Cranberry, Dusty, Herbaceous, High-acidity, Juicy, Strawberry,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Sanssoufrir Rouge

2019

Savoie

Mondeuse
Animal, Fresh, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Mondeuse "Les Granges Claires"

2019

Savoie

Mondeuse
Blackcurrant, Bright, Fresh, High-acidity, Sloe, Violets,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Rosé

2021

Savoie

Gamay
Cherry, Creamy, Fresh, Grippy, Rhubarb, Strawberry,

Claude Quenard & Fils

1er Récoltant

2020

Savoie

Jacquere
Bitter, Elegant, Grapefruit, Peach, Smoky, Tea,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Sanssoufrir Blanc

2020

Savoie

Jacquere
Apple, Creamy, Juicy, Savoury, White-nuts, Yellow-plum,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Chignin

2022

Savoie

Jacquere
Apple, Flinty, Gooseberry, High-acidity, Iodine, Meneral,

Claude Quenard & Fils

Chignin-Bergeron

2018

Savoie

Roussanne
Creamy, High-acidity, Nutty, Quince, White-nut, Yellow-Apple,

France • Languedoc • costerousse.com

Domaine Coste-Rousse

The vines are situated around Magalas, in the heart of the Côtes de Thongue, with an average altitude of 110 meters on different exposures and soils. The Taix family produce 4 white wiens and 7 red wines from 11 different varieties. Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay are planted on sandy marls, while the Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are planted on sandstone. A new state-of-the-art cellar, built on the terraces overlooking Malaga, has been design to create optimum conditions for winemaking, including temperature controls, an adapted fermentation room and a barrel cellar, with a focus on gravity and circulation of air throughout. All the wines are vinified in cement under controlled temperatures, with the reds being aged in barrel for 12-18 months depending on the vintage, and the whites aged in vats with regular stirring on the lees.

Est

1970

Size

55 ha

Wines

3

Soil

Villafranchian clay-limestone

Prod

29k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Coste Rousse

Thalia Rouge

2021

Languedoc

Cinsault
Blackberry, Bright, Concentrated, Raspberry, Soft-tannins, Violets,

Coste Rousse

Thalia Orange

2022

Languedoc

Viognier
Acidity, Bright, Honeysuckle, Saline, Satsuma, White peach,

Coste Rousse

Thalia Blanc

2022

Languedoc

Chardonnay
Apple, Aromatic, Creamy, Textured, Waxy lemon, White peach,

France • Burgundy • friche_novae

Domaine des Roches Novae

On our travels to Beaujolais and Burgundy in July 2023, we came across Lionel Margotin and his small winery in Macon. A family run business, Lionel used to sell his fruit to local co-ops, but in 2019 decided to use some of his extra fruit to start making his own wine, and Domaine des Roches Novae was born. He started off with Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Aligote, but planted a 0.15ha plot of Sauvignac in the second year, as well as a small planting of some pretty rare Macon Syrah.  His top wine, La Belouze, comes from 100 year old vines of Chardonnay, planted on rich, red clay, south-west facing soils.

Est

2019

Size

11ha

Wines

3

Soil

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeasts

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Domaine des Roches Novae

Syrah IGP "Carpe Diem"

2020

Burgundy

Syrah
Black rasperry, Bright, Cranberry, Graphite, Layered, Pepper,

Domaine des Roches Novae

Bourgogne "La Rouvraie"

2020

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
,

Domaine des Roches Novae

Mâcon-Igé "Les Condemines"

2021

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Dry, High-acidity, Lemon, Lime, Pear, Round,

France • Gascony • @domainehautmarin

Domaine Haut-Marin

Domaine Haut-Marin was founded in 1920 by Swiss explorer turned winemaker Jean Francois Morel, who initially farmed 10 hectares. Through the years, it has remained in the family and has organically grown to almost 300 hectares today! Current generation siblings Elizabeth and Philippe now take care of the large estate. Demoiselle de Gascogne has become the signature of the estate and showcases three of the most widely planted grapes in the Cotes de Gascogne appelation: Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng. Elizabeth has recently received HVE Level 3 certification, which demonstrated high levels of sustainable practices in the vineyard. Chemicals are used very sparingly and the wine is vegan.

Est

1920

Size

300ha

Wines

1

Soil

Clay, limestone

Prod

670k btls

Agri

Traditional Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Haut-Marin

Demoiselle de Gascogne

2022

Gascony

Colombard
Aromatic, Bright, Lychee, Peach, Pineapple, Tart,

France • Bordeaux • @chateauducranne_

Domaine Vincent Lacoste

Now in its 7th generation Vignobles Lacoste is the story of a Bordeaux family through the ages. It was in 1856 that the family first bought vines and land on the highest bank of the Garonne 30mins SW of Bordeaux. Now, their 43ha of vineyards consists of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and the rest white varieties, predominantly Semillon. After generations of commercial growth, economic challenges and the technological revolution, it was in 2005 that Vincent (6th generation), decided a change was needed to move to organic viticulture. After years of chemical dependence and poor soil quality leading to a homogenised style of wine they achieved organic certification. No they make wines with gentle-extraction adding nothing but a little S02 at bottling if any. Fun, modern and approachable, the lables are an homage to the Nono the gardener at the Chateau for over 50 years.

Est

1856

Size

43ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay, Gravel

Prod

30k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic Preparation

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Vincent Lacoste

Dompter la Bête 5L

2021

Bordeaux

Merlot
Black-cherry, Blackcurrant, Bright, Fresh, Fruity, Violets,

Vincent Lacoste

Dompter la Bête

2021

Bordeaux

Merlot
Black-cherry, Blackcurrant, Bright, Fresh, Fruity, Violets,

England • Hampshire • @extonparkvineyard

Exton Park

Exton Park has 55 acres of vines set over stunning Hampshire landscape. Led by winemaker Corinne Seely, Exton Park is a specialist producer of English Sparkling from traditional Champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Corinne’s winemaking approach marries art and science, drawing on experience gained in Bordeaux at the prestigious grand cru classé Domaine de Chevalier before becoming consultant winemaker around the world. She spent time in Australia, the Languedoc and the Douro before finally discovering England. She joined Exton Park in 2011 where she has been instrumental in developing the philosophy, creating imaginative and unexpected wines that flourish out of an English climate.

Est

2003

Size

60ha

Wines

2

Soil

Chalk, Calcareous

Prod

23k btls

Agri

Traditional Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Traditional

Exton Park

RB32 Brut Reserve Magnum

NV

Hampshire

Pinot Noir
Chalky, Layered, Lemon citrus, Passionfruit, Vanilla, White pepper,

Exton Park

RB45 Blanc de Blancs

NV

Hampshire

Chardonnay
Chalky, Green apple, Layered, Orange blossom, Tropical, Vanilla,

France • Beaujolais • @maisonbperraud

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

The estate is situated in Vauxrenard and was founded in 1987. Since then it has grown from 1.5 hectare to 8.5 hectares.  The wines are vinified and bottled without the addition of sulphur or additives and are neither filtered or fined. Bruno, a 6th generation wine grower, was joined in 1989 by Isabelle. In 1999, Bruno became very ill due to the use of insecticides and began the move towards organic farming. The Moulin-a-Vent is now certified Demeter, and the winery is certified Vin Methode Natural - certified organic vines, hand-picked and produced using indigenous yeasts.

Est

1987

Size

8ha

Wines

5

Soil

Iron Rich

Prod

17,000 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Morgon, Côte de Py

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Black cherry, Chocolate, Dusty, Juicy, Peppery, Plum,

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Cote de la Moliere

2021

Beaujolais

Gamay
Juicy, Peppery, Plum, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Smooth,

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Moulin à Vent

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Ginger, Juicy, Lush, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Smooth,

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Saint Amour

2020

Beaujolais

Gamay
Blackcurrant, Creamy, Licqourice, Melon, Smooth, Spice,

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Le Petit Poquelin

2022

Beaujolais

Gamay
Black cherry, Bright, High-acidity, Jam, Juicy, Raspberry,

Italy • Friuli • @isola_augusta

Isola Augusta

It was only in 1959 that Isola Augusta's founder, Renzo Bassini, first saw potential in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia clay soils and vineyards in which sits the modern day winery. Replanting old vines and renovating the outhouses they were quick to modernise, replacing many of the chemical interventions with physical processes and even pioneering the use of cold fermentation in the region.

Est

1959

Size

66 ha

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Silt, Sand

Prod

46k btls

Agri

Sustainable

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

No

Sulphur

Conventional

Isola Augusta

Pinot Nero

2022

Friuli

Pinot Nero
Blueberry, Fragrant, Long, Pretty, Strawberry, Vanilla,

Isola Augusta

Vino Vivo

2020

Friuli

Pinot Grigio
,

Isola Augusta

Schiopettino

2021

Friuli

Schiopettino
Cherry, Cloves, Juicy, Smokey, Soft, Strawberry,

Isola Augusta

Verduzzo Friulano

2022

Friuli

Verduzzo Friulano
Apricot, Bright, Honey, Pastry, Peach, Savoury,

Isola Augusta

Schioppettino

2022

Friuli

Schiopettino
Cherry, Cloves, Juicy, Smokey, Soft, Strawberry,

Isola Augusta

Friulano

2022

Friuli Latisana

Friulano
Broad, Creamy, Melon, Peach, Soft, Vanilla,

Isola Augusta

Friulano

2019

Friuli

Friulano
Broad, Creamy, Melon, Peach, Soft, Vanilla,

France • Beaujolais • @epicurieuxbojo

L'Epicurieux

Growing up around the vineyards of SW France in 2006 Sébastien set off to work on offshore oilrigs. It was in 2011, when back in France, that he met and fell for Charlotte Congretel whose family-owned vines in Régnie. They soon had a son and returning for good to dry land Sébastien committed to their 2.5-hectare project L'Epicurieux, in 2015. 2016 saw them complete their first whole vintage. Training under the much-revered Julien Sunier, he subsequently acquired parcels in Morgon (next to Guy Breton's old vines) and Régnie. Farming is organic, fermentation is on wild yeasts and now winemaking takes place without the addition of any sulphur. Whilst the Domaine is yet young Sébastien is moving towards biodynamic certification and has recently acquired the new French natural wine certification "Vin Methode Nature". All wines are vinified the same way to really express the difference in the soils.

Est

2015

Size

4.5 ha

Wines

4

Soil

Pink Granite, White Marls

Prod

18k btls

Agri

Vin Methode Nature

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No

L'Epicurieux

Brouilly, Whole Lotta Love

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Durty, Ferrous, High-acidity, Layered, Raspberry, Redcurrant,

L'Epicurieux

Morgon, Hey Joe

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Blackcurrant, Floral, Forest fruits, Grippy, Roses, Structured,

L'Epicurieux

Régnié, Chacha

2019

Beaujolais

Gamay
Acidity, Animal, Cherry, Cranberry, Fiery, Savoury,

Spain • Emporda • @cellerlavinyeta

La Vinyeta

La Vinyeta is a collection of small vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Empordá, in an area called Mollet de Peralada. A young, family owned business it began some 15 years ago when Josep Serra purchased two old Carignan and Grenache vineyards – aged 55 and 80 years old – and kept on planting. The winery now stands at a reasonable 30 hectares. It was a few years later in 2006 that the winery was built and the first vintages of were made from over 10 varieties. In 2009 La Vinyeta became one of the first vineyards to adopt Integrated farming in the region which it has continued to develop and evolve over time.

Est

2002

Size

70ha

Wines

7

Soil

Schist, Quartz

Prod

126k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

La Vinyeta

Heusss*

2021

Emporda

Grenache
Cranberry, Crunchy, Earth, Fresh, High acidity, Raspberry,

La Vinyeta

Puntiapart Magnum

2018

Emporda

Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackcurrant, Dark, Dry, Peppery, Smoke, Strawberry,

La Vinyeta

Puntiapart

2016

Emporda

Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackcurrant, Dark, Dry, Peppery, Smoke, Strawberry,

La Vinyeta

Llavorrs

2020

Emporda

Carignan
Cherry, Chocolate, Concentrated, Dry, Powerful, Redcurrant,

La Vinyeta

Heus* Tinto

2021

Emporda

Carignan
Bramble, Cherry, Chocolate, Good Tannins, Juicy,

La Vinyeta

Heus* Blanco

2020

Emporda

Macabeo
Aromatic, Bitter, Dusty, Guava, Juicy, Passion-fruit,

France • Rhone • @vinslabadens

Labadens

Thomas and Fanny met in Toulouse, where they were both studying agronomy and oenology. This was the start of a strong friendship and aside from wine, a shared passion for trecking and surfing. The idea of making wines together started in 2010. Fanny was visiting Rhone Valley with her family in the summer and Thomas had planned visits to winegrowers in Ventoux and Vacqueyras that he was already following for consultancy. They fell in love with the area and Labadens was born. They have always believed in the potential for Ventoux and Vacqueyras. They have all the ingredients to produce very serious wines – clay-limestone soils, a continental climate and outstanding fruit. Through Tom’s love of Clairette, they have since added whites to the list. Thomas has always supported this variety even if it requires far more work in the cellar and is a very late ripening fruit. Quite naturally, the wine has been named after Thomas! The goal since day one has remained the same - producing balanced, high quality wines, using no chemicals in both the vineyard and the winery.

Est

2010

Size

3 ha

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

5.3k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

No

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Labadens

Vacqueras Rouge, Marius

2020

Rhone

Grenache
Blackberry, Blackcurrent, Garrigue, Medium-acidity, Pepper, Plum,

Labadens

Crozes Hermitage, Panisse

2021

Rhone

Syrah
Blackberry, Concentrated, Plum, Powerful, Rich, Smoke,

Labadens

Vacqueras Blanc, Thomas

2019

Rhone

Clairette
Apple, Grape, Nutty, Powerful, Smokey, Vanilla,

Labadens

Vacqueras Blanc, Thomas

2018

Rhone

Clairette
Cammomile, Lemon, Rich, Smoky, Textured, White Peach,

Labadens

Escartefigue Rouge

2021

Rhone

Alicante
Blackcurrent, Blueberry, Light, Peppery, Red cherry, Soft,

Labadens

Escartefigue

2022

Rhone

Viognier
Aromatic, Gooseberry, Grass, Juicy, Peach, Spicy,

France • Loire • @nadiabeaune

Les Reves Oublies

On my Tour de France this January, upon leaving Bordeaux on my way to the Northern Rhone, I realised I had no winemakers to visit and break up the 500km trip. So, I found the number of Gilles Bonnefoy’s (Vins de la Madonne - a much respected winery in the Eastern Loire) and never having spoken, phone him up to ask him for any hot tips. It so happened that he had just started renting some of his old, organic Gamay vines to a young up-and-coming winemaker called Nadia Beaune who, he says, is making a very tasty wine. So come 7PM I arrive at the house/garage/winery and whilst Nadia wasn’t there, I tasted for hours with her incredibly kind boyfriend (and winemaker) Maxime. Together they have taken it upon themselves to treat the fruit of these exceptional, high quality old vines with the maximum respect and minimal intervention. They started in 2018 by making a single juicy, concentrated Gamay Pet Nat and with a number of other cuvées lined up, it won't be long before I have more.

Est

2018

Size

4ha

Wines

2

Soil

Granite, Sand

Prod

1,400 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Les Reves Oublies

Cuvee Léo

2022

Loire

Gamay
Black cherry, Elegant, Jam, Juicy, Raspberry, Textured,

Les Reves Oublies

Volare

2019

Loire

Gamay
Blueberry, Juicy, Liqourice, Nutmeg, Raspberry, Strawberry,

Les Reves Oublies

No Toxic

2022

Loire

Gamay
Clack cherry, Concentrated, Electric, Juicy, Strawberry, Sweet-spice,

Spain • Rioja • @bodegaslolicasado

Loli Casado

Bodegas Loli Casado is a small family owned and family run winery in Rioja Alavesa that is as traditional and nostalgic as they come. They have 25 hectares of their own vines 425-500 metres above sea level of varying ages; 9 hectares over 70 years old, 12 between 30 and 45 and 4 hectares of newly planted vines younger than 10 years old. The current Bodega was founded by Luis in 1970 and in 2000, upon his retirement, was taken over by Loli and her husband. Whilst modernising and adapting their traditional Bodega to modern times, using a mix of French and American fine oak, they have continued to produce around 150,000 bottles a year across two very highly regarded Rioja lines, Juan de Alzate and Polus.

Est

1970

Size

25ha

Wines

3

Soil

Calcareous Clay

Prod

100k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Loli Casado

El Abrigado

2019

Rioja

Graciano
Cherry, Complex, Damson, Dry, Mineral, Plum,

Loli Casado

Jaun de Alzate Crianza Magnum

2020

Rioja

Tempranillo
Cherry, Classic, Cloves, Forest-fruits, Leather, Savoury,

Loli Casado

Jaun de Alzate Crianza

2020

Rioja

Tempranillo
Cherry, Classic, Cloves, Forest-fruits, Leather, Savoury,

Loli Casado

Jaun de Alzate Semicrianza

2021

Rioja

Tempranillo
Blackberry, Cherry, Dusty, Fresh, Savoury, Vanilla,

Spain • Valencia • @bodegaslospinos

Los Pinos

Bodegas los Pinos owns 60 hectares of vineyards in Fontanares, in the Alhorines valley, 700 meters above sea level and about 100km south of Valencia. The winery, which dates back to the 17th century, mainly works with young (up to 25 year old) Monsatrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Viognier vines. Having gained their organic certification in the early 90’s (the first winery in Valencia to do so) they went through a long period of renovation and modernization. In 2007 the new owners starting to experiment in making wines using local grapes and using zero added sulphur. 

Est

1863

Size

62ha

Wines

4

Soil

Gravel, iron rich soil on sandy loam

Prod

50k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Los Pinos

DX Roble

2019

Valencia

Monastrell
Blackcurrant, Classic, Dry, Jammy, Strawberry, Vanilla,

France • Bordeaux • @maisonadvinam

Maison Advinam

Anne Buiatti has been based in the Graves town of St. Morillon since 2019. Here she has 2 hectares of vines (along with another two in the Roussillon (Calce) across which she makes four different cuvées. Before settling in Bordeaux in recent years her and her husband Grégoire looked after a magnificent plot of Syrah on shale which they were able to buy before their move. Her vines in Bordeaux, as in Roussillon, are managed using a very handoff approach and without the use of any chemicals. They use composts, herbal teas, silica to invigorate and revitalise the soils gaining Demeter certification. Here she continues to develop the biodiversity; introducing ewes for pasture in the vineyards, beehives, orchards and vegetables. All grapes are harvested by hand and vinified back at the cellar in St Morillon. Whilst she hardly intervenes in the winemaking - fermenting with wild yeasts, neither fining nor filtering and adding no SO2 – her goal is to make controlled, precise wines without any deviation and variation.

Est

2018

Size

2 ha

Wines

3

Soil

Silex, Gravel, Clay, Limestone

Prod

6.5k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Maison Advinam

Donna

2019

Bordeaux

Syrah
Blackcurrant, Chocolare, Concentrated, Raspberry, Rich, Savoury,

Maison Advinam

Bouffonne

2020

Bordeaux

Merlot
Black-cherry, Concentrated, Juicy, Mineral, Mulberry, Smoky,

Maison Advinam

Allumée Orange

NV

Bordeaux

Semillon
Beeswax, Grapefruit, Lemon Verbena, Orange, Rapeseed, Textured,

Spain • Rias Baixas • Website

Mar de Envero

Mar de Enero is the new project of winemaker Miguel Angel Moreira Manyo to mates. Having passed through, lived and worked in many regions in NW Spain such as Bierzo and Tierra de León, together with the likes of Raul Pérez he decided to return to his native Galicia to create his own vision. Here in After, he where he finds the uniqueness of this Atlantic land together with its native varieties to develop his own project. He works only with native varieties, and aside from the well known Albarino , some local red grapes such as Caino , Souson which rarely make it to these shores. He is interested and has developed a number of wines with extended lees aging, using French oak and malolactic fermentation to make truly impressive and atypical Galician whites.

Est

2007

Size

13ha

Wines

1

Soil

Granite, Sand

Prod

50k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Mar de Envero

Terra Norte

2022

Rias Baixas

Albarino
Acidity, Bright, Cloves, Lemon, Peach, Textured,

Italy • Tuscany • @marinarominwines

Marina Romin

Sisters Paola and Donatella Palazzi, founded the company in 1973 and began to build a reality that soon became a reference point for some of the wines and organic viticulture. Due to a lack of generational turnover, they reluctantly decided to sell the winery in 2017. In 2017, Marina and Ivanhoe Romin, starting with the search for a sweet home in the country that was close to their relatives and had a vineyard that was “the size of a family often on the road,” met the “Sisters” and were fascinated by their foresight and life’s work. Within 18 months, the two families complete the handover aimed at ensuring continuity in the quality of certain products, including Vin Santo, and in 2019, the historic winery restarted with a new impetus. The estate has only indigenous grape varieties (including some very rare ones), has been organically farmed for almost 50 years, vinifies everything in concrete tanks, and produces a Vin Santo del Chianti that is out of the ordinary.The property, with its total 24 hectares (9 hectares of vineyards, 8 of olive groves) requires considerable effort to revive so for Marina it has become a full-time job and a new life mission.

Est

1973

Size

9 ha

Wines

3

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

14.5k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Marina Romin

Boccanera

2021

Tuscany

Sangiovese
,

Marina Romin

Pomerio

2020

Tuscany

Sangiovese
,

Marina Romin

Aura

2022

Tuscany

Vermentino
Grapefruit, Lemon, Rich, Salty, Spicy, Textured,

France • Luberon • @mas_des_infermieres

Mas des Infermières

Acclaimed director Ridley Scott and his family arrived at the Domaine in 1992. Situated in the Luberon rnear to the citadel in Oppède-le-Vieux and close to the equally enchanting villages of Lacoste, Ménerbes and Bonnieux. In 2009, encouraged by the quality of the soils and the climates of vineyards, they decided to vinify and bottle their first cuvées, with the help of a local cooperative. In the years that followed the project, a desire grew to create true quality wines. They built a modern and superbly equipped cellar to vinify and mature the various cuvées in AOP LUBERON. The labels are all designed and drawn by Ridley Scott himself and message of "Health, Happiness and Elegance of Provence" and take inspiration from one of the very first owners of the domaine, . One of the most important environmental commitments concerns the health of the region's bee population. This is why the Mas, of about thirty hectares, is certified "Bee Friendly" and HVE.

Est

2020

Size

20 ha

Wines

4

Soil

Clay, Sandy soil

Prod

46k btls

Agri

Certified Bee Friendly

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected Yeasts

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Mas des Infermières

Chevalier Rouge

2020

Luberon

Syrah
Black Olive, Blackcurrant, Creamy, Fiery, Prunes, Vanilla,

Mas des Infermières

Source Rouge

2020

Luberon

Syrah
Acidity, Blackcurrant, Dusty, Floral, Intense, Raspberry,

Mas des Infermières

Source Rosé Magnum

2022

Luberon

Syrah
Acidity, Candy, Citrus, Silky, Smooth, Strawberry,

Mas des Infermières

Source Rosé

2022

Luberon

Syrah
Acidity, Candy, Citrus, Silky, Smooth, Strawberry,

Mas des Infermières

Source Rosé Magnum

2021

Luberon

Grenache
Acidity, Candy, Citrus, Silky, Smooth, Strawberry,

Mas des Infermières

Source White

2022

Luberon

Grenache
Acidity, Bright, Lemon, Melon, Textured, White apple,

Spain • Rueda • @bodegasmenade

Menade

Bodegas Menade may have been founded as recently as 2005, but Alejandra, Marco and Richard are the 6th generation of the Rueda based Sanz wine family. Whilst their father continues to run the world renowned Bodegas Vinos Sanz, his three children decided to take another route. In looking right back to their traditional winemaking roots and in fully respecting nature allowing it to speak for itself, Menade was born. Using a mix of natural traditional winemaking and state of the art technology they are able to bring the wines of the past, into the future. And with it various biodiversity projects; an Insect Hotel (increasing insects amongst the vines by 30%), Mobile Trees (different species wheeled into vineyards to see the effects on crops) and an adjoining farm to encourage biodiversity and plant cover.

Est

2005

Size

100 ha

Wines

4

Soil

Stone, Clay, Limestone

Prod

139k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Menade

Clandestino

2016

Rueda

Tempranillo
Blackcurrant, Dried-fruit, Dusty, Mineral, Plum, Structured,

Menade

Sauvignon Dulce

2022

Rueda

6
Bright, Floral, High acidity, Passionfruit, Peach, Yellow-flowers,

Menade

Sobrenatural

2015

Rueda

Verdejo
Apple, Caramel, Floral, Oily, Pear, Saline,

Menade

Verdejo

2022

Rueda

Verdejo
Aromatic, Concentrated, Herbs, Passionfruit, Satsuma, Textured,

France • Cotes Catelanes • @domainemodat

Modat

Domaine Modat is a modest 25 hectares of vines found in the commune of Cassagnes in the Agly Valley, 30km due west of Perpignan and 200-300m above sea level. Upon founding the estate in 2007, Philippe Modat has worked the vines organically (achieved certification in 2014) and biodynamically (not yet certified) and having moved back to working as a lawyer he has left it in the safe hands of his dynamic and hard working sons (all by the way under the age of 30). The vineyards themselves are composed predominantly of well drained Gneiss, in which are grown indigenous red and white Roussillon varieties - including 115-year-old Carignan. In the last 10 years they have built a modern carbon neutral winery and embraced biodynamic viticulture, working with restrained extraction, fermentation on wild yeasts and as little sulphur as possible.

Est

2007

Size

25ha

Wines

6

Soil

Gneiss

Prod

64k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Modat

Le Petit Mod'Amour Rosé

2022

Cotes Catalanes

Grenache
Cherry, Concentrated, Grapefruit, High-acidity, Textured, Vanilla,

Modat

Le Plus Joli

2018

Cotes Catalanes

Syrah
,

Modat

Le Petit Mod’Amour Rouge

2021

Cotes Catalanes

Carignan
Coffee, Concentrated, Forest-fruits, Juicy, Plum, Silky,

Modat

Comme Avant

2016

Cotes Catalanes

Carignan
Blackcurrant, Chocolate, Concentrated, Mulberry, Rich, Savoury,

Modat

Les Lucioles

2021

Cotes Catalanes

Roussane
Apple, Apricot, Fennel, Fleshy, Powerful, Silky,

Modat

Les Lucioles Magnum

2019

Cotes Catalanes

Roussane
Apple, Apricot, Fennel, Fleshy, Powerful, Silky,

Modat

De-ci De-la

2018

Cotes Catalanes

Grenache (W)
Apple, Creamy, Pastry, Pear, Silky, Vanilla,

Modat

Le Petit Mod'Amour Blanc

2022

Cotes Catalanes

Muscat
Apricot, Floral, Luscious, Peach, Textured, Yoghurt,

Italy • Veneto • @mongarda.valdobbiadeneprosecco

Mongarda

Mongarda only started back in 1978 when Bruno, having picked up bits and bobs on winemaking from his grandfather, decided to give it a go and bought a single vineyard with his wife Marinella; it was called Mongarda. Now the 10 hectare estate, spread around the village of Col San Martino and in the heart of the Valdobbiadene-Conegliano Prosecco Superiore zone, is run by their son Martino who has maintained their ethos of natural, simple, low intervention winemaking. The majority of the vineyards are on steep slopes with old vines (the Mongarda vineyard dates from the 1950's) and poor, lime conglomerate rocky soils where they pick and ferment ancient permitted Prosecco varieties, Perera, Verdiso, Bianchetta, and Boschera together with Glera.

Est

1978

Size

12ha

Wines

3

Soil

Marcuola (Clay/Lime)

Prod

34k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Mongarda

Brut Millesimato

2022

Veneto

Glera
Chalky, Dry, Floral, Grapefruit, Pear, White-flowers,

Mongarda

Col Fondo Magnum

2021

Veneto

Glera
Chalky, Fresh, Lemon, Pear, Refreshing, White-flowers,

Mongarda

Col Fondo

2021

Veneto

Glera
Chalky, Fresh, Lemon, Pear, Refreshing, White-flowers,

France • Alsace • @maisonmoritzprado

Moritz-Prado

Maison Mortiz-Prado has to be one of the newest and most exciting Alsace wineries to launch in the recent years. Winemaker Ghislain Moritz studied and cut his teeth for five years in Mercurey before moving to Portugal and then the Carpathian mountains in Romania to work for the then relatively unknown Avincis winery. It was in 2009 that he met Angela, a Columbian studying in Paris, and together they returned to Romania to successfully grow the Avincis offering. With the knowledge and a passion to start their own project they bought 5 ha of vines in Albé (the only mountainous vineyards of Alsace) and in 2018 returned to France with a young family. They work the 450m high vineyards by hand, where they grows Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir organically. And only one vintage in, with the unique Schist soil, altitude and a creative use of skin contact, burgundy barrels and amphorae, they are already creating exceptionally fresh, powerful and elegant wines. Watch this space. Very closely.

Est

2008

Size

5

Wines

8

Soil

Schist

Prod

26k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

n/a

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Moritz-Prado

Sonnenbach Pinot Noir

2019

Alsace

Pinot Noir
Cherry, Concentrated, Earthy, Red pepper, Spice, Strawberry,

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Les Pinots

2021

Alsace

Pinot Gris
Fresh, Green Apple, Lime, Mineral, Tense, White Flowers,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres Pet Nat

2021

Alsace

Pinot Blanc
Energetic, Fresh, Mango, Mineral, Satsuma, Wet-stones,

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Pinot Noir

2022

Alsace

Pinot Noir
Candied, Cherry, Concentrated, Crunchy, Redcurrant, Violets,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres Pinot Noir

2018

Alsace

Pinot Noir
Cherry, Earthy, Mineral, Strawberry, Tense, Violets,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres

2020

Alsace

Sylvanner
Apricot, Broad, Ginger, Mineral, Peach, Textured,

Moritz-Prado

Terrasses de Steinacker

2018

Alsace

Pinot Gris
Long, Peach, Pepper, Powerful, Rich, Satsuma,

Moritz-Prado

Coteaux du Schieferberg

2019

Alsace

Riesling
Apple, Lemon, Luscious, Rich, Sherbert, Tense,

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Riesling

2021

Alsace

Riesling
Apple, Electric, High acidity, Lean, Lime, Petrol,

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Cremant Rosé

NV

Alsace

Pinot Noir
Bright, Cherry, Cola, Cranberry, Energetic, Textured,

England • Sussex • @oastbrook

Oastbrook

Oastbrook is situated on what was an old Guinness hop farm and the name comes from the brook that runs past the old Oasthouse where the hops used to be dried. The vineyards are in the Rother Valley on a gentle slope not far from Bodiam castle on soils of clay, sand and silt mix over a sandstone ridge. The valley benefits from hot and dry summers allowing the full ripening of Oastbrook's grapes which allows earlier ripening and allows us leave the grapes to hang on the vines longer than many other locations.

Everything for America and Nick starts with soil health which guarantees them fresh healthy grapes. They practice minimal intervention and focus on preventative care. and living on site, every day they can see walking through the vines what they need. The vineyard is incredibly biodiverse. They have varied cover crops, but clover predominates and that is the favourite food of our bees who are tended to by America who produces and sells her honey on site at Oastbrook. Most of our wines are single grape varietals and we look to allow the grape characteristics from the terroir and the specific vintage to express themselves fully in the wines.

In 2016 they travelled to France and brought back Burgundian Chardonnay clones and Alsatian Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc with the specific aim of making white wines. The Alsatian clones with their richness pair very well with the higher acidity that we find in the UK. The Chardonnay is the antithesis of the heavily oaked new world style with its crisp chalky acidity and pure expression of fruit.

Nick and America planted Pinot Meunier for sparkling wine but on a whim decided to make a white wine with it, the result speaks for itself.

Est

2018

Size

8 ha

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Silt, Sand, Chalk

Prod

40k btls

Agri

Low intervention

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low

Oastbrook

Chardonnay

2022

East Sussex

Chardonnay
Chalky, Dessicated coconut, High acidity, Honeydew melon, Oak, Peach,

Oastbrook

Cuvee Brut

2014

East Sussex

Chardonnay
Floral, Fresh, Golden Apple, Granola, Pear, Toasty,

Spain • Tarragona • @oriol_perezdetudela

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Oriol was born in Valls, a small town inland of Tarragona well known for its Calçots (Catalan leeks) and it's Castells (human tower). Growing up he used to help his uncle in the vineyards and cellars he managed for the local co-operative. Oriol ended up working in Telecomms but realised his work meant little to him. So he quit and started helping his uncle, and soon, having met a chemical engineer from Torres produced BIB “El Vi a Punt” together. Here he caught Rene Barbier’s attention and both having roots in Tarragona, started to produce wine together. Escabeces is the name of a small town in Tarragona where 99% of this rare Cartoixa Vermell (just a few vineyards) is planted.

Est

2006

Size

3ha

Wines

3

Soil

Calcareous Clay

Prod

4,800 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Escabeces Blanques Primes

2020

Tarragona

Macabeo
Bright, Dried-fruit, Grapefruit, Mineral, Peach, Tense,

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Texturas de Jiloca

2020

Tarragona

Macabeo
Guava, Pear, Quince, Ripe, Vanilla, Yellow-apple,

Oriol Perez de Tudela

El Padrós

2019

Tarragona

Macabeo
Acidity, Bright, Kumquat, Saline, Satsuma, Vanilla,

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Escabeces

2021

Tarragona

Cartoixa Vermell
Broad, Dried-fruit, Grapefruit, Mineral, Peach, Textured,

Spain • Jumilla • @parajesdelvalle

Parajes del Valle

Parajes del Valle is a bright, new, exciting winery, established as recently as 2018. From Day One their wines have been in the young but experienced hands of Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker who counts Vegas Sicilia as a previous employer. Her modern views to winemaking are transforming the wines of the area. The certified organic Monastrell grapes all come from old vines (15-40 years) split across four plots (Fountain of the Partridges, La Cañada de Albatana and the Termino de Arriba in the north of Jumilla). They are maintained by the age-old “Terraje" system, meaning that the vineyards are rented out to the farmers, who give back 7% of the production in turn for taking good care of the vines. Almost all 80–90-year-old vines in Jumilla are maintained like this but are increasingly at risk of dying out as landowners want to change the system to the more productive and cost-effective system of irrigated vineyards. Parajes del Valle is adamant to protect the “Terraje” system, even paying a higher price for the grapes in guarantee the highest quality.

Est

2018

Size

65 ha

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

107k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Parajes del Valle

Monastrell Ecologico

2022

Jumilla

Monastrell
Bright, Cherry, Concentrated, Green spice, Redcurrant, Spicy,

Parajes del Valle

Macabeo Maceracion

2022

Manchuela

Macabeo
Fresh, Grippy, Melon, Savoury, Tangerine, White nut,

Parajes del Valle

Terraje

2018

Jumilla

Monastrell
Bright, Cranberry, Electric, Fine tannins, Leather, Redcurrant,

Parajes del Valle

Bobal Ecologico Rosado

2022

Manchuela

Bobal
Cherry, Fresh, Fruit-skin, High-acidity, Raspberry, Ripe,

Parajes del Valle

Macabeo Ecologico

2022

Manchuela

Macabeo
Apple, Bright, Fresh, High-acidity, Pear, White flowers,

Parajes del Valle

Monastrell Ecologico Magnum

2022

Jumilla

Monastrell
Bright, Cherry, Concentrated, Green spice, Redcurrant, Spicy,

Parajes del Valle

Monastrell Ecologico Magnum

2021

Jumilla

Monastrell
Bright, Cherry, Concentrated, Green spice, Redcurrant, Spicy,

Spain • Ribeiro • Website

Pateiro

Iván Vázquez Pateiro's story is very similar to that of many winemakers of his generation. Coming from a long long line of winegrowers he would watch and help his grandparents and parents tend their vines to sell to the local co-operative. Originally from Ribadavia, Iván worked - and actually still continues to work - for many wineries, beofre moving some 20km further north up the river Avia to the town of Beade. Here, with his business partner, he bought a few acres of vines to start thei own project, El Patito Feo and Saramusa! He uses only indigenous varitires (Caiño, Souson and Treixadura) where he makes a 100% Treixadura - something that few other winemakers in the region are doing. But nostalgia aside he beleives it is not about making the same wines your parents make, but rather to improve and advance them. 2018 is ony Iván's second vintage to date but already he is starting to make some incredibly expressive and aromative wines.

Est

2018

Size

6ha

Wines

3

Soil

Granite

Prod

19k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Godello

2022

Ribeiro

Godello
Almond, Apple, Concentrated, High acidity, Oily, Pear,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Godello

2021

Ribeiro

Godello
Almond, Apple, Concentrated, High acidity, Oily, Pear,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Barrica

2022

Ribeiro

Caiño Longo
Cherry, Cocoa, Concentrated, Cranberry, Fresh, Savoury,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Barrica

2021

Ribeiro

Caiño Longo
Cherry, Cocoa, Concentrated, Cranberry, Fresh, Savoury,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Treixadura

2020

Ribeiro

Treixadura
Aromatic, Basil, Creamy, Lemon, Mineral, Pineapple,

Pateiro

Saramusa

2022

Ribeiro

Treixadura
Apple, Aromatic, Herbs, Juicy, Kiwi, Silky,

France • Jura • Website

Philippe Chatillon

Philippe Chatillon was estate manager at the much celebrated Arbois winey of Domaine de La Pinte for close to 18 years. And after a good stint managing another's, in 2013, he decided he wanted to create his own, finding and buying a hillside plot of Savagnin in Passenans with which to work. Soon he added plots of Melon a Queue Rouge, Pinot Noir, Tousseau and Chardonnay before exchanging his original Savagnin plot for another worked only biodynamically. He works his steep marl rich vineyard by hand, without the use of any chemical fertilizer what so-ever. The soils are aided by biodynamic preparations and in the cellar he uses old oak, spontaneous fermentations and bottles without fining, filtration and with no added sulphur. If that's not enough in the cellar he works in bio-harmony, using sounds vibrations from his harp to aid in the wines balance.

Est

2013

Size

3.5ha

Wines

4

Soil

Chalk on Grey Lias Marl

Prod

2,400 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Philippe Chatillon

Cotes du Jura, La Grande Chaude (II)

2020

Jura

Pinot Noir
Cranberry, Fresh, Pepper, Savoury, Silky, Strawberry,

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Le Sage Vagnin

2020

Jura

Savagnin
Butter, High acidity, Juicy, Pineapple, Powerful, Yellow Plum,

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Le Sage Vagnin

2018

Jura

Savagnin
Butter, High acidity, Juicy, Pineapple, Powerful, Yellow Plum,

Philippe Chatillon

Côtes du Jura, En marche

2019

Jura

Melon à queue rouge
Apricot, Powerful, Roasted-nuts, Salty, Spicy, Yellow-Apple,

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Les Nouvelles

2017

Jura

Savagnin
Bright, Chamomile, Fresh, Lemon, Oxidative, Pineapple,

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Les Nouvelles

2014

Jura

Savagnin
,

Philippe Chatillon

Cotes du Jura, Chardonnay

2018

Jura

Chardonnay
,

Spain • Rioja • @vinedosruizjimenez

Ruiz Jimenez

Vinedos Ruiz Jimenez the result of a dream come true when in 1998, Francisco Ruiz, decided to build his own winery to use the grapes he was growing, instead of selling them. All the vineyards are organically farmed in the small village of Aldeanueva de Ebro in Rioja. The idea was to offer the best quality, most terroir expressive wines that the land has to offer using only organic and sustainable parameters. This was quite a rare idea in Rioja back in 1998 but he knew that organic and biodynamic was the only way to give quality and terroir to the wines. Today they are the only organic and Demeter certified winery in Rioja.

Est

1998

Size

65 ha

Wines

9

Soil

Sandy, Iron rich clay

Prod

120k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Ruiz Jimenez

Ingenium Pet Nat Tinto

2022

Rioja

Garnacha
Blackberry, Energetic, Liqourice, Red Cherry, Strawberry, Textured,

Ruiz Jimenez

Ingenium Blanco

2021

Rioja

Maturana Blanca
Apple, Creamy, Mint, Perfumed, Rich, Yellow Plum,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Brut Natura Gran Anada

2018

Rioja

Viura
Brioche, Complex, Honey, Peach, Quince, Raisin,

Ruiz Jimenez

Ingenium Orange

2022

Rioja

Garnacha Blanca
Apricot, Chamomile, Floral, Orange, Perfumed, Soft,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Garnacha

2019

Rioja

Garnacha
Basil, Blueberry, Damson, Intense, Perfumed, Savoury,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Joven

2022

Rioja

Garnacha
Black Cherry, Cranberry, High acidity, Leather, Soft, Vanilla,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Rosado

2020

Rioja

Garnacha
Creamy, High acidity, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Salt, Toffee,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Blanco

2022

Rioja

Tempranillo Blanco
Green spice, Greengauge, High acidity, Melon, Rich, Smooth,

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Blanco

2020

Rioja

Tempranillo Blanco
Green spice, Greengauge, High acidity, Melon, Rich, Smooth,

Spain • Tarragona • @vinsiolisuner

Suñer

The Suñer family business was originally founded back in 1936 to produce high-quality olive oil from the banks of the river Ebre. A few years later the family began to produce bulk wines from old vine Macabeo and under Fernando Suñer increased vineyards and improved equipment. It was not until 1999 that third generation Manuel Suñer took the family it in a new direction. He renovated an old cellar located in the basement of the family house and created a small range of their own wines, that they now farm exclusively organically. Together he works with his daughter Mª Alba (winemaker) and son Josep (marketing and sales). They continue to make olive oil, organic bottled wine as well as bulk wine.

Est

1936

Size

we're not sure!

Wines

1

Soil

Sand, Stone

Prod

10k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Suñer

Macabeo

2021

Tarragona

Macabeo
Dusty, Juicy, Melon, Textured, Yellow-Apple, Yellow-flowers,

Italy • Ravenna • @uainbag

UAIN

A brand new project (est. 2021) from Andrea, Andrea and Maria who run an Italian import and national distribution company near Milan. With such an array of great winemakers at their fingertips and a desire to shake up the traditional format of single use glass bottles they set up UAIN, pouching wines from their fantastic winemakers into plastic pouches that last weeks. Each winemaker works organically (certified and practicing), with spontaneous fermentations only, minimal sulphur (c. 40mg/l) and no filtration. Last up to 30 days once opened.

Est

2020

Size

n/a

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Sand

Prod

20k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Uain

Piemonte Barbera

2020

Piedmont DOC

Barbera
Blackberry, Cherry, Fresh, Red currents, Salty, Smooth,

Uain

Ravenna Sangiovese

2022

Emilia-Romagna

Sangiovese
Cherry, Fresh, Game, Juicy, Salty, Strawberry,

Uain

Ravenna Sangiovese

2020

Ravenna IGP

Sangiovese
Cherry, Fresh, Game, Juicy, Salty, Strawberry,

Uain

Ravenna Trebbiano

2022

Emilia-Romagna

Trebbiano
Apricot, Fresh, Pastry, Pear, Salty, Textured,

Uain

Ravenna Trebbiano

2020

Ravenna IGP

Trebbiano
Fresh, Pastry, Pear, Pineapple, Salty, Textured,

Spain • Castilla-La Mancha • @uvadevida

Uva de Vida

Uva de Vida (“The Grape of Life”), est. 2012 , is the vision of wife and husband team Carmen Lopez Delgado and Luiz Ruiz Martin. Based in Santa Olalla, 50km west of Toledo, Carmen makes half a dozen wines from their 9hct property centered on Graciano, an uncommon variety in the region. Following strict natural and biodynamic processes, both in the vines and the winery, Carmen doesn’t filter, clarify or add sulfites at any point saying they “they are toxic and, for wine, they are an atomic bomb”. Through invigorating the life of the soil, the use of sonar energy and no intervention in the wine they are creating structured, elegant, fresh nd pure wines. The winery is a member of the tiny prestigious biodynamic association “La Renaissance des Appellations”, chaired by Nicolas Joly.

Est

2012

Size

we're not sure!

Wines

4

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

16k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Uva de Vida

Esencia Oxidativa

NV

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Amarena, Dried fruit, Nutty, Oxidative, Salty, Strawberry,

Uva de Vida

Latitud 40 Roble

2014

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Bacon, Cherry, Good Tannins, Juicy, Raspberry,

Uva de Vida

Biografico Roble

2016

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Blackberry, Blueberry, Cola, Concentrated, Dark, Feiry,

Uva de Vida

Sol del 19

2019

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Cherry, Floral, Smoky, Spice,

Uva de Vida

Biografico Tinto

2021

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Black-olive, Crunchy, Energetic, Forest-fruits, Fresh, Mulberry,

Uva de Vida

Biografico

2020

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Black-olive, Crunchy, Energetic, Forest-fruits, Fresh, Mulberry,

Uva de Vida

Luna

2022

Castilla–La Mancha

Tempranillo
Energetic, Juicy, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Tart cranberry,

Uva de Vida

Biografico Rosado

2020

Castilla–La Mancha

Tempranillo
Bacon, Concentrated, Juicy, Redcurrant, Savoury, Strawberry,

Spain • Penedes • @valldolina

Valldolina

In the heart of the Alt Penedes, at an altitude of some 400m, is the small and remote town of Olesa de Bonesvalls. Here, in the Can Tutusaus estate (est. 1348), you'll find the tiny winery of Valldolina and its 11 organic hectares of vineyards. But for the vines the estate is a forest of pine and oak trees, brooms, fennel, rosemary, thyme, lavender and many other Mediterranean plants typical of the protected and diverse ecosystem of the Penedes Garraf. A family winery, the son Raimon is the winemaker and is young, passionate and excitable. In 1998 they chose to farm fully organically fully benefitting from the year-round sunshine, wild biodiversity of the Garraf and a fresh wind from the Ordal mountains.

Est

1987

Size

10ha

Wines

2

Soil

Calcareous Clay

Prod

5,600 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Valldolina

BIVAC

2021

Penedes

Xarel-lo
Apple, Dry, Lean, Light, Lime, Stones,

Spain • Gredos • @rubendiazvit

Vinadores de Gredos

Ruben Diaz is born and bred in Cebreros, Avila, one of the principal villages at the forefront of the Gredos wine reawakening. And he, like his much more celebrated and better known peer Dani Landi, is one of the emblematic winemakers of the area. He believes that Garnacha is a part of his DNA. It was back in 1999 when the rights to their land were about to be sold that Ruben went to check out the vines. He's never been involved but studied, learnt from others and fell in love with Gredos Garnacha. He is interested in keeping wine keeping as it has been done for 100's of years , with minimal intervention to truly express the exact state of the soil, the winemaker, the vineyard and the weather to the glass. He doesn't use a single non-organic solution. "I'm happy with my work, and they say that it always shows in the results".

Est

2017

Size

12ha

Wines

8

Soil

Granite, Sand, Slate

Prod

13.8k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Vinadores de Gredos

La Bota de Dore

2019

Gredos

Chasselas Dore
Fine, Floral, Olives, Pear, Quince, Salty,

Vinadores de Gredos

Otro Peldaño

2020

Gredos

Garnacha
Elegant, High acidity, Juicy, Plum, Red Cherry, Red Earth,

Vinadores de Gredos

Fiorel-la

2021

Gredos

Chasselas Dore
Floral, Ginger, Juicy, Mineral, Peach, Yellow Flower,

Vinadores de Gredos

Fiorel-la

2020

Gredos

Chasselas Dore
Floral, Ginger, Juicy, Mineral, Peach, Yellow Flower,

Vinadores de Gredos

Paso de Cebra

2019

Gredos

Albillo
Almond, Aromatic, Floral, Pear, Textured, White-flowers,

Vinadores de Gredos

Cuesta del Tejar

2018

Gredos

Garnacha
Blackberry, Capiscum, Dusty, Good Tannins, Mineral, Violets,

Vinadores de Gredos

Sorpresa Garnacha Crianza

NV

Gredos

Garnacha
Earthy, Fig, Leather, Long, Nutty, Plum,

Vinadores de Gredos

Escalera

2019

Gredos

Garnacha
Bright, Cherry, Cranberry, Fennel, High acidity, Mineral,

Vinadores de Gredos

Surprise Chasselas

NV

Gredos

Chasellas
Apple, High-acidity, Long, Oxidative, Pear, Walnut,

Vinadores de Gredos

Surprise Chasselas

2017

Gredos

Chasellas
Apple, High-acidity, Long, Oxidative, Pear, Walnut,

Vinadores de Gredos

Dore

2022

Gredos

Chasellas
Dusty, Floral, Grapefruit, Lemon, Smoke, Textured,

Spain • Conca de Barbera • @vinsdepedra

Vins de Pedra

Vins de Pedra is the personal project of Marta Pedra, who just happens to be the wife of Josep Serra from the winery La Vinyeta. Though winemaking runs in her blood - her great-grandfather was a much revered oenologist from Tarragona - it lay dormant for several generations until it finally awoke in her. So, having always grown up around vines Marta took it upon herself to go and study oenology working in several small wineries in the region before realising her own dream. Her tiny winery lies between maritime and continental climates, with calcareous soils and in and amongst many micro-climates. Her wines are revered, almost as much for her Godfather's label design which changes every year, as for what's inside.

Est

2002

Size

70ha

Wines

4

Soil

Calcareous Clay

Prod

15k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Vins de Pedra

Trempat

2021

Conca de Barbera

Trepat
Bright, Cherry, Fragrant, Raspberry, Savoury, Violets,

Vins de Pedra

La Musa

2020

Conca de Barbera

Cabernet Sauvignon
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Concentrated, Explosive, Pepper, Savoury,

Vins de Pedra

Negre de Folls

2022

Conca de Barbera

Garnacha
Bright, Cherry, Concentrated, Leaves, Redcurrant, Savoury,

Vins de Pedra

Blanc de Folls

2021

Conca de Barbera

Macabeo
Floral, Grapefruit, Juicy, Pineapple, Silky, Vanilla,

France • Languedoc • @vignobles3chateaux

Vins des 3 Chateaux

Vignobles de 3 Chateaux, situated at the very foot of the emblematic Pic-Saint Loup is found in the heart of the Pic St.-Loup Appellation. Located around 150 meters above sea level, on a clay and limestone terroir, it is influenced by both Mediterranean and continental climates. Temperatures are lower, rainfall is more abundant and the wind coming off the mountain drives the clouds away, helping maintain aridity and naturally improving the health of the vineyards. Diurnal range is at it’s peak allowing the development of supple tannins of a rare finesse. Michel Marty, Managing Director and oenologist, has been the head of the team for decades.

Est

2012

Size

we're not sure!

Wines

2

Soil

Gravel, Limestone, Clay

Prod

110k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Vins des 3 Chateaux

La Stele

2019

Languedoc

Syrah
Balanced, Luscious, Peach, Raspberry, Smooth, Vanilla,

Vins des 3 Chateaux

La Stele

2021

Languedoc

Syrah
Balanced, Luscious, Peach, Raspberry, Smooth, Vanilla,

Vins des 3 Chateaux

Question d'Equilibre Magnum

2019

Languedoc

Cinsault
Apple, Delicate, Fleshy, Red-berries, Smooth, White Flowers,

Italy • Piemonte • cantamessa_vini

Vitivinicola Cantamessa

The company, which has been owned by the Cantamessa family since 1870, is still personally led by Cantamessa Aldo who, together with his son Luca and his wife Giuliana, has as primary objective the production of grapes and their vinification through methodologies and cultivation techniques aimed at producing wines made with love, competence and authenticity.

The entire Cantamessa winery, from the vineyard to the cellar, was converted according to the principles of organic cultivation in 2017. Starting from the 2020 vintage, in fact, all the products of the Cantamessa winery are certified Organic. The top wines of Azienda Vitivinicola Cantamessa express the true essence of the Monferrato territory and its rich quality of vines.

Est

1870

Size

25 ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

13k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Cantamessa

Chardonnay

2022

Piemonte

Chardonnay
Fresh, Juicy, Lemon, Mineral, Peach, White Flower,

Cantamessa

Per Lei

2022

Piemonte

Chardonnay
Cherry, Grapefruit, Juicy, Mineral, Smooth, White Flower,

Italy • La Marche • @vittorinidinicosperanza

Vittorini di Nico Speranza

Nico Speranza left a corporate job in Milan aged 30 to go and make wine in the countryside, one of many these days, he says. Set amongst the steep hills of Monsampietro Morico in the heart of Le Marche, Domenico Speranza, Nico's grandfather, set up the winery that Nico now runs. His goal is to make, "conscientious wine, the most natural way possible without ulterior motives and without shortcuts". And that's not a bad translation either, he is a proper poet. His cuvées are inspired by a Piedmont poets and Nick Cave alike. His production is a few thousand, and each year his wines change, using plantings of local Le Marche varieties; Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Pecorino, as well as Incrocio Bruni (Verdicchio-Sauvignon) and some Petit Verdot. Using alternative energy sources (geothermal and solar) he tries to reduce the wineries impact on the environment.

Est

2008

Size

3ha

Wines

3

Soil

Clay, Limestone, Silt, Sand

Prod

8k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Vittorini

Marche Rosso

2018

Le Marche

Montepulciano
Aromatic, Blackcurrant, Concentrated, Damson, Pepper, Smokey,

Vittorini

Marche Rosso

2019

Le Marche

Montepulciano
Aromatic, Blackcurrant, Concentrated, Damson, Pepper, Smokey,

Vittorini

Marche Bianco Edizione

2019

Le Marche

Sangiovese
Butter, Honeyed, Long, Pineapple, Rich, Yellow Plum,

Vittorini

Crocifisso Magnum

2019

Le Marche

Sangiovese
Almond, Apple, Complex, Creamy, Olive, Textured,

Vittorini

Crocifisso

2021

Le Marche

Sangiovese
Almond, Apple, Complex, Creamy, Olive, Textured,

England • London • @wednesdaysdomaine

Wednesday's Domaine

Alcohol free options have exploded in recent years with alcohol free beers and spirits leading the way, showing us all that you can still have a lovely experience and mouthfuls of flavour without the alcohol or the fuzzy head the next day. Well, now it’s the turn of wine - Wednesday's Domaine

Est

2021

Size

n/a

Wines

2

Soil

Sandy clay, limestone

Prod

n/a

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Selected Yeasts

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

Low

Wednesday's Domaine

Sanguine

NV

La Mancha

Tempranillo
Cherry, Juicy, Plum, Raspberry, Red earth, Silky,

Wednesday's Domaine

Piquant

NV

La Mancha

Airen
Apple, Fresh, Lemon, Lime, Pear, Zesty,

Spain • Basque Country • https://zapiain.eus/en/

Zapiain

The Basque country is home to over 100 different varieties of Apples, with cider making dating back to the 11th and 12th century. It is known to have been used by Basque whalers and fishermen on their long-distance trips to Greenland and Newfoundland in preference to water.

The first record of the relationship of the Zapiain family with the production of cider is a document dated June 3, 1542. It’s a manuscript for the sale of an 87-foot plot of apple trees located in Astigarraga, granted by Ana de Abedaño (widow of Bernardino de Murguía) in favour of Joanes de Zapiain. This document is in the archives of the Casa de Murguía (Valde-Espina Marquises).

Quality management and food safety are two other fundamental pillars of their cidery. Not surprisingly, Zapiain has promoted the improvement of the sector in recent decades, actively contributing to the establishment of the Gorenak quality certificate and subsequently to the implementation of the Euskal Sagardoa designation of origin.

Having fallen out of popularity in the 20th century, Basque cider is certainly back in the spotlight and Zapiain are leading the way. They are steeped in history as is evident by their barrel-room, but are also very forward-thinking and innovative. They’ve recently been experimenting rather successfully with an aged ice-cider!

Est

1961

Size

n/a

Wines

1

Soil

Clay

Prod

10k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Yes

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Zapiain

Sagardo Ekologikoa Cider

NV

Basque Country

Geza Mina
Apple, Chamomile, Dry, Fresh, Quince, Salty,

Spain • Getariako Txakolina • @zudugarai

Zudugarai

The winery was founded in 1989, the same year that the DO of Getaria txakolina was founded. The Errasti family has been growing grapes and making wine from these vineyards for over 40 years working with the local varieties of Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza. The vineyards and winery are near the coast line among rolling hills at about 90 meters above sea level. The sunniest and windiest slopes are planted with vines so the grapes can ripen and remain dry and avoid fungal and rot issues. All work in the vineyards is done by hand. Fermentation takes place naturally in stainless steel tanks before the wine is bottled while young to retain some of its natural effervescence.

Est

1989

Size

15 ha

Wines

3

Soil

Clay

Prod

160k btls

Agri

Sustainable

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

No

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Zudugarai

Antxiola

2021

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri
Fresh, Grape, Grapefruit, Saline, Spritzy, White Flowers,

Zudugarai

Antxiola

2020

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri
Fresh, Grape, Grapefruit, Saline, Spritzy, White Flowers,

Zudugarai

Antxiola Brut

2020

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri
Brioche, Floral, Fresh, Golden Apple, Pear, Soft,

Zudugarai

Antxiola Rosado

2021

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Beltza
Black cherry, Dry, Smokey, Strawberry, Tea, Zesty,

Zudugarai

Antxiola

2022

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri
Fresh, Grape, Grapefruit, Saline, Spritzy, White Flowers,