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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

Montagny 1er Cru Chazelle

2019

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Long, Peach, Rich, Smooth, Tangerine, Vanilla,

Aline Beauné

Santenay 1er Cru Gravières

2019

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
,

Aline Beauné

Montagny 1er Cru Chazelle Magnum

2019

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Long, Peach, Rich, Smooth, Tangerine, Vanilla,

Aline Beauné

Bourgogne Blanc

2019

Burgundy

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

Aline Beaune

Montagny 1er Cru Chazelle

2018

Burgundy

Chardonnay
Concentrated, Herbs, Lemon, Pear, Powerful, Smokey,

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

2019

Bierzo

Mencia
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Fresh, Leaves, Savoury, Soft,

France • Burgundy • Website

Anne Bavard-Brooks

With their cellar door opening right into the heart of Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Anne Bavard-Brooks really is a small winery. Having taken over the vines from Anne's parents, Anne and her partner John (a former travel operator form The States ) have been working their three small plots organically and with biodynamic treatments since 2005: they were certified in 2012. The vines range principally from 35 to as old as 60 years old (in their newly acquired Corvée des Vignes plot for that goes into their Puligny). With an overall production of a few 1000 bottles, the cuvees vary from between 2-4: their Puligny-Montrachet Vielles Vignes which they regard as their jewel, but equal (in my eyes) are those under the new Burgundy AOC, Bourgogne Cote d'Or, from a mix of two prime sites: La Combe and Les Equinces.

Est

2003

Size

4ha

Wines

1

Soil

Clay on Chassagne Limestone

Prod

4,300 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

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

4

Soil

Metamorphic, Gneiss, Gabbro

Prod

30k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Batard Langelier

Pensées Nocturnes

2019

Loire

Melon de Bourgogne
Bone-dry, Green-apple, Lemon, Mineral, Tense, Vanilla,

Batard Langelier

Metaphore

2019

Loire

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

Batard Langelier

Oxymore

2018

Loire

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

Batard Langelier

Didascalie

2018

Loire

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

Batard Langelier

Oxymore

2016

Loire

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

Batard Langelier

Metaphore

2017

Loire

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

Batard Langelier

Polaris

2020

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

we're not sure!

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

5L Miguel Galadi PX

NV

Montilla-Moriles

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

Robles

5L Miguel Galadi Fino

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Capiscum, Fresh, Pineapple, Powerful, Smokey, White-flowers,

Robles

Miguel Galadi Oloroso

NV

Montilla-Moriles

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

Robles

Miguel Galadi PX

NV

Montilla-Moriles

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

Robles

Miguel Galadi Fino 5L

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Capiscum, Fresh, Pineapple, Powerful, Smokey, White-flowers,

Robles

Miguel Galadi Fino

NV

Montilla-Moriles

Pedro Ximenez
Capiscum, Fresh, Pineapple, Powerful, Smokey, White-flowers,

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

1

Soil

Various

Prod

200k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Cantalric

Sentiers du Sud Colombard Screwcap

2019

Languedoc

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

Italy • Piemont • @azienda_vinicola_ceste

Cantina Ceste

Franco Ceste, having finished his own academic studies, went back home to join his father Pierguido and learn to look after the family winery. The Ceste family winery, found in the municipality of Govone in the province of Cuneo, has been around for generations but it wasn’t really until the mid 90’s that the winery started looking upwards and outwards. During the Barolo boom they quickly and efficiently started to export their wines as well experimenting with their styles, practices and wines by introducing new non-indigenous grapes varieties, experimenting with grafting and late harvests. Picking just a touch later than some, the wines of the Ceste company are characterized by the right sugar and alcohol content and a good fixed acidity.

Est

1965

Size

we're not sure!

Wines

1

Soil

Calcareous

Prod

4,500 btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

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

2020

Jumilla

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

Casa de la Ermita

Crianza

2018

Jumilla

Monastrell
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Fennel, Good Tannins, Savoury, Spicy,

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 Tinto

2020

Catalunya

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Dry, Fresh, Pomegranate, Savoury, Tobacco,

Castell d'Or

Flama d'Or Blanco

2020

Catalunya

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

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

Perle Blanche

NV

Champagne

Chardonnay
Apple, Floral, Fresh, Pear, Smoke, Soft,

Christophe Dechannes

Millesime

2013

Champagne

Pinot Noir
,

Spain • Priorat • @clos93doqpriorat

Clos 93

Clos 93, so called because it was the 93rd winery (or Clos) to register with the Consejo Regulador de Priorat, was created only 10 years ago by two brothers and their uncle; Rubén Sabaté (winemaker), Josep Sabaté and Pepo García, in whose house and garage they make the wines. The grapes themselves 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, whilst Clos 93 may not be the newest winery, but it is officially recognised as Priorat’s smallest winery, 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

Parèntesis

2017

Priorat

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

Clos 93

Vi de Vila El Lloar

2017

Priorat

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

Clos 93

L'Interrogant

2019

Priorat

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

Clos 93

L'Interrogant Magnum

2018

Priorat

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

Clos 93

Vi de Vila El Lloar

2016

Priorat

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

Clos 93

Parentesis

2019

Priorat

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

Spain • Catalayud • Website

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

1

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,

Colas Viticoltores

Roque Colas

2015

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

Bo'vin

2018

Bordeaux

Merlot
Blackcurrant, Forest-fruits, Good Tannins, Savoury, Soft, Vanilla,

Daniel Gevaert

Chateau Haut-Lacoste

2018

Bordeaux

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

France • Beaujolais • @davidlargevigneron

David 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

2

Soil

Clay, Granite

Prod

3,700 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

David Large

DMC-12

2020

Beaujolais

Gamay
, Blueberry, Juicy, Mineral, Strawberry, Sweet-spice,

David Large

Les Grands Terriers

2019

Beaujolais

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

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

Venezia

2018

Veneto

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

De Stefani

Soler

2019

Veneto

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

De Stefani

Blanc de Blanc Brut

NV

Veneto

Glera
Bright, Citrus, Dry, Elegant, Pear, White Flowers,

De Stefani

Plavis

2009

Veneto

Merlot
,

De Stefani

Olmera

2016

Veneto

Tocai Friulano
,

De Stefani

Olmera

2013

Veneto

Tocai Friulano
,

De Stefani

Olmera

2011

Veneto

Tocai Friulano
,

De Stefani

DS Brut Millesimato

2020

Veneto

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

France • Rhone • Website

Degaches Freres

Degaches Freres, whilst now in their third generation as grape growers, have only recently (since 2009) started to produce their very own wines. One of only 60 bottlers in the region, their modest 4ha of Syrah, Viognier and Marsanne can be found at the Southern tip of the Cote-Rotie. With soils rich in granite and schist and vines as old as 30 years (those from their Maisons Blanches plot), they look to balance power, spice, fruit and elegance. They work cleanly in the vineyards adopting agriculture raisonnée a system of farming that limits treatments on the vines in a shift towards organic farming.

Est

2009

Size

4.5ha

Wines

2

Soil

Schist

Prod

5,100 btls

Agri

Culture Raisonee

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Degaches Freres

Condrieu

2018

Cote-Rotie

Viogner
Apricot, Electric, Nutty, Pear, Rich, White-flowers,

Degaches Freres

Cote Rosie Maisons Blanches

2016

Cote-Rotie

Syrah
Blackberry, Blueberry, Earthy, Layered, Pepper, Smokey,

France • Languedoc • @fontdesormes

Font des Ormes

Domaine de La Font des Ormes is on the outskirts of the village of Caux, in the Pézenas appellation in the middle of the Languedoc wine production area. The domain of La Font des Ormes is located on a unique terroir made from a mixture of basalt and extremely rare limestone. Here, associated with biodynamic viticulture, this terroir allows the cultivation and production of exceptional wines. Under the watchful eye of owner Guy and his head of culture Mireille, and in a constant concern to preserve and restore biodiversity, the Domaine de La Font des Ormes changes with the seasons.

Est

2000

Size

small!

Wines

1

Soil

Basalt, Limestone

Prod

4,000 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Conventional

Italy • Piemont • @ghiomo_farmer

Ghiomo

Azienda Ghiomo, established in the early C19th, takes its name from the Ghiomo farmhouse - formerly a monastery - in Guarene, in the heart of the Roero just 3 kms from Alba. Here the 10 hectare, 40,000 bottle-a-year winery is run and managed by viticulturist Giuseppino. The vineyards lie at the foot of the Roero hills and enjoy similar characteristics, terroir and altitude to those of La Morra, in the heart of Barolo.  The soils are rich in grey marl, clay, and a little sand, which enables Giuseppino to make expressive wines with great texture and precision. Here, across his 5 vineyards: Croera, Fussot, Granda, Lavai, Rivet he grows only the three key native Piemonte varieties; Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Arneis. In 1999 he turned a corner in his winemaking and decided to stop trying to make the wines he wanted but instead the wines which best expressed the land he has.

Est

1994

Size

18ha

Wines

4

Soil

Marl

Prod

27.5k btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Ghiomo

Sansteau

2016

Piemonte

Nebbiolo
Bramble, Concentrated, Good Tannins, Leaves, Redcurrant, Soft,

France • Beaujolais • @maisonbperraud

Isabelle et Bruno

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

2

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

Saint Amour

2020

Beaujolais

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

Isabelle et Bruno Perraud

Moulin à Vent

2019

Beaujolais

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

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

Wines

5

Soil

Clay, Silt, Sand

Prod

46k btls

Agri

Sustainable

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Isola Augusta

Schiopettino

2019

Friuli

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

Isola Augusta

Verduzzo Friulano

2019

Friuli

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

Isola Augusta

Sauvignon Blanc

2017

Friuli

Sauvignon
Grassy, Lemon, Mineral, Passionfruit, Pepper, Ripe,

Isola Augusta

Pinot Nero

2019

Friuli

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

Isola Augusta

Friulano

2019

Friuli

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

Isola Augusta

Verduzzo Friulano

2018

Friuli

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

France • Burgundy •  

Jane et Sylvain

Jane et Sylvain is a tiny winery based in and around the prestigious Cote-de-Nuits village of Gevrey-Chambertin. The charming owners (no prizes for guessing their names) took on the tiny domaine in 1993 having acquired 1.9 hectares of Jane’s family land. The winery “Jane et Sylvain” was officially created in 1999 and since 2003 has been certified organic. They make both village and 1er Cru wines, always using native yeasts and old barriques, while varying the extraction and maceration according to what each vintage brings with the resulting wine an expression of beauty and purity. Presently the domaine covers just over 4.3 hectares.

Est

1999

Size

4.3

Wines

2

Soil

Clay, Limestone

Prod

6,000 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Jane et Sylvain

Bourgogne Rouge

2017

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
Bright, Cherry, Chocolate, Elegant, Raspberry, Tense,

Jane et Sylvain

Gevrey-Chambertin

2016

Burgundy

Pinot Noir
Bright, Cherry, Earthy, Mineral, Raspberry, Violets,

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

4.5ha

Wines

4

Soil

Pink Granite, White Marls

Prod

18,000 btls

Agri

Vin Methode Nature

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

L'Epicurieux

Brouilly, Whole Lotta Love

2019

Beaujolais

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

L'Epicurieux

Régnié, Chacha

2019

Beaujolais

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

L'Epicurieux

Morgon, Hey Joe

2019

Beaujolais

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

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

Puntiapart Magnum

2016

Emporda

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

La Vinyeta

Llavorrs

2018

Emporda

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

La Vinyeta

Puntiapart

2016

Emporda

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

La Vinyeta

Heus* Tinto

2020

Emporda

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

La Vinyeta

Heus* Tinto

2019

Emporda

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

La Vinyeta

Heus* Blanco

2019

Emporda

Macabeo
Aromatic, Fleshy, Kiwi, Melon, Mineral, Peardrop,

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

3ha

Wines

3

Soil

Grenache, Syrah, Clairette

Prod

5,300 btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Labadens

Escartefigue

2020

Rhone

Viognier
Aromatic, Gooseberry, Grass, Juicy, Pear, Spicy,

Labadens

Thomas

2018

Rhone

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

Labadens

Marius

2019

Rhone

Grenache
Black Cherry, Blackcurrant, Cacao, Concentrated, Perfumed, Rustic,

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

No Toxic

2019

Loire

Gamay
Cherry, Concentrated, Energetic, Fresh, Leaves, Plum,

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

2

Soil

Calcareous Clay

Prod

100k btls

Agri

Conventional Winemaking

Bio

no

Ferm

Selected

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Conventional

Loli Casado

Juan de Alzate Semicrianza

2019

Rioja

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

Loli Casado

Juan de Alzate Crianza

2018

Rioja

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

Loli Casado

Juan de Alzate Crianza

2017

Rioja

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

Loli Casado

Juan de Alzate Semicrianza

2018

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

0% (Sin Sulfitos)

2017

Valencia

Monastrell
Concentrated, Dusty, Forest-fruits, Fresh, Raspberry, Smoke,

Los Pinos

DX Roble

2017

Valencia

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

Los Pinos

Brote Blanco

2019

Valencia

Verdil
Apple, Delicate, Floral, Fresh, Pear, Yellow-flowers,

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

2019

Rias Baixas

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

Mar de Envero

Terra Norte

2020

Rias Baixas

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

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

we're not sure!

Wines

6

Soil

Stone, Clay, Limestone

Prod

139k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Menade

Sauvignon Dulce

2018

Rueda

Sauvignon Blanc
Bright, Floral, High acidity, Passionfruit, Peach, Yellow-flowers,

Menade

Sobrenatural

2015

Rueda

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

Menade

Sauvignon Dulce

2019

Rueda

Sauvignon Blanc
Bright, Floral, High acidity, Passionfruit, Peach, Yellow-flowers,

Menade

Clandestino

2016

Rueda

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

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

Comme Avant

2016

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Les Lucioles

2019

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Les Lucioles

2018

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Le Petit Mod'Amour Blanc

2019

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Le Petit Mod'Amour Blanc

2018

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Le Petit Mod’Amour Rouge

2018

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

De-ci De-la

2019

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

De-ci De-la

2018

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Le Petit Mod'Amour Rosé

2019

Cotes Catalanes

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

Modat

Le Petit Mod’Amour Rouge

2019

Cotes Catalanes

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

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

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Dosaggio Zero

2016

Veneto

Glera
Cloves, Delicate, Fresh, Lemon, Long, Orange,

Mongarda

Brut Millesimato

2019

Veneto

Glera
Cloves, Delicate, Fresh, Lemon, Long, Orange,

Mongarda

Col Fondo

2020

Veneto

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

Mongarda

Col Fondo Magnum

2018

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

Nous Sommes Libres Pinot Noir

2018

Alsace

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

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Cremant Rosé

NV

Alsace

Pinot Noir
Cake, Cranberry, Elegant, Savoury, Strawberry, Textured,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres Pet Nat

2020

Alsace

Pinot Blanc
Melon, Pineapple, Refreshing, Tangy, Textured, White Flowers,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres

2019

Alsace

Sylvanner
Ginger, High-acidity, Pineapple, Satsuma, Spicy, Textured,

Moritz-Prado

Nous Sommes Libres

2018

Alsace

Sylvanner
Ginger, High-acidity, Pineapple, Satsuma, Spicy, 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

Coteaux du Schieferberg

2018

Alsace

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

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Pinot Noir

2019

Alsace

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

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Pinot Gris

2019

Alsace

Pinot Gris
Acidity, Apple, Pear, Soft, Spice, Textured,

Moritz-Prado

Terroir de Roche Riesling

2019

Alsace

Riesling
Apple, Floral, High acidity, Pear, Soft, White-flowers,

France • Loire • @domainenicolassuteau

Nicolas Suteau

It was in 2007 that Nicolas took over the generations-old family farm along with some 7hectares of vines and 60+ calves. Working the vines for 9 years just as his parents had, but it was in 2016 that he decided to make his first vintage without the addition of sulphur; and so the cuvées Arthur and Lancelot were born. In September 2017 he started on the long road to convert the vines to certified organic viticulture as well as eliminating sulphur during the winemaking process whatsoever. His vines are split between 5ha Melon de Bourgogne, 0.7 Folle Blanche, 0.5 Pinot Noir and 0.5ha od a local variety Egiodola on a variety of expressive Westerly Loire soils: Amphibolite, Leptynite and Gneiss and micashiste.

Est

2007

Size

6.7ha

Wines

2

Soil

Schist, Gneiss, Amphibolite

Prod

23k btls

Agri

Organic Conversion

Bio

Biodynamic Preparation

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

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

El Padrós

2019

Tarragona

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

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Cami de la Font Brisat

2017

Tarragona

Macabeo
Dry, Earthy, Grapefruit, Long, Marmelade, Satsuma,

Oriol Perez de Tudela

Escabeces

2019

Tarragona

Cartoixa Vermell
Earth, Grapefruit, Grippy, Juicy, Peach, Soft,

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

65ha

Wines

2

Soil

Monastrell

Prod

107k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Parajes del Valle

Monastrell Ecologico

2020

Jumilla

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

Parajes del Valle

Terraje

2018

Jumilla

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

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

Saramusa

2019

Ribeiro

Treixadura
Apple, Aromatic, Herbs, Juicy, Pear, Silky,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Treixadura

2020

Ribeiro

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

Pateiro

Saramusa

2020

Ribeiro

Treixadura
Apple, Aromatic, Herbs, Juicy, Pear, Silky,

Pateiro

El Patito Feo Barrica

2020

Ribeiro

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

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. It was then, in 2013, that 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 with of Melon a Queue Rouge, Pinot Noir, Tousseau and Chardonnay and, exchanging his original Savagnin plot for another worked only biodynamically, he is on his way! He works his 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 or filtration. Furthermore he works in bio-harmony, using sounds vibrations from harps 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)

2018

Jura

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

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Le Sage Vagnin

2018

Jura

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

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Les Nouvelles

2017

Jura

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

Philippe Chatillon

Cotes du Jura, La Grande Chaude

2018

Jura

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

Philippe Chatillon

Arbois, Les Nouvelles

2016

Jura

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

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

65ha

Wines

5

Soil

Tempranillo, Garnacha, Maturana Blanca

Prod

12k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

Certified Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Joven

2020

Rioja

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

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Garnacha

2019

Rioja

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

Ruiz Jimenez

Osoti Rosado

2020

Rioja

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

Ruiz Jimenez

Ingenium Blanco

2020

Rioja

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

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

2020

Tarragona

Macabeo
Fresh, Juicy, Melon, Pear, Textured, White-flowers,

Suñer

Macabeu

2019

Tarragona

Macabeo
Fresh, Juicy, Melon, Pear, Textured, White-flowers,

Suñer

Abrequina Olive Oil

NV

Tarragona

Olive
Olive,

Suñer

Vermouth

NV

Tarragona

Various
Aromatic, Blueberry, Classic, Cola, Rich, Tonka bean,

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

Biografico Roble

2016

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
,

Uva de Vida

Biografico Rosado

2020

Castilla–La Mancha

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

Uva de Vida

Biografico Damaged

2018

Castilla–La Mancha

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

Uva de Vida

Esencia Oxidativa

2018

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
,

Uva de Vida

Zumo de Uva

2018

Castilla–La Mancha

Graciano
Blackberry, Concentrated, Fresh, Juicy, Plum, Violets,

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

2018

Penedes

Xarel-lo
Banana, Dry, Fresh, Lime, Mineral, Stones,

Valldolina

BIVAC

2019

Penedes

Xarel-lo
Banana, Dry, Fresh, Lime, Mineral, 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

Cuesta del Tejar

2018

Gredos

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

Vinadores de Gredos

El Modesto

2011

Gredos

Garnacha
Blackcurrant, Good Tannins, Powerful, Prunes, Structured, 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

Escalera

2018

Gredos

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

Vinadores de Gredos

Dore &

2020

Gredos

Chasellas
Herbs, Honeyed, Kumquat, Mineral, Pineapple, Salty,

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

2020

Conca de Barbera

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

Vins de Pedra

Trempat

2019

Conca de Barbera

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

Vins de Pedra

Negre de Folls

2020

Conca de Barbera

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

Vins de Pedra

Blanc de Folls

2018

Conca de Barbera

Macabeo
Dusty, Exotic, Grapefruit, Mineral, Pineapple, Stones,

Vins de Pedra

La Musa

2017

Conca de Barbera

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

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

Spain • Montsant • @vinyesdomenech

Vinyes Domenech

Vinyes Domenech was founded in 2002 by the Domènech family, with the goal of preserving and improving the natural heritage of the estate by creating a wine-making project that embodies the landscape and biodiversity of the environment, maintaining its unique ecosystem. In 2015, as a result of dedicated work, Teixar was recognized as “Vi de Finca” (Gran Cru, Single Vineyard Wine) by Incavi and D.O. Montsant. This recognition is granted to single-estate wines of international prestige that comply with demanding protocols of quality and traceability.

Grapes all come from a single vineyard, Teixar. Organic and Biodynamic viticulture on 80 year old vines, with a limited production of 400 grams per plant. Hand harvested on a number of occasions to ensure optimal ripeness, days or even weeks apart. Low pressure hydraulic pressing for minimal extraction. Fermentation occurs naturally on wild yeast at around 25 to 30 degrees with macerattion on their skins lasting a maximum of a week.  Then aged 12-14 months in foudre of 1,500-3,000L with low sulphur at bottling.

Est

2002

Size

3ha

Wines

1

Soil

Garnacha

Prod

3,500 btls

Agri

Organic Farming

Bio

Biodynamic

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Vinyes Domenech

Teixar

2016

Montsant

Garnacha
Aromatic, Blackcurrant, Cherry, Eucalyptus, High acidity, Powerful,

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 Bianco Edizione

2017

Le Marche

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

Vittorini

Marche Bianco Edizione

2015

Le Marche

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

Vittorini

Marche Rosso

2017

Le Marche

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

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

Zapiain

Est

1961

Size

13

Wines

1

Soil

Geza Mina

Prod

10k btls

Agri

Certified Organic

Bio

No

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

Vegan

Sulphur

No Sulphur

Zapiain

Sagardo Ekologikoa Cider

NV

Basque Country

Geza Mina
, Apples, Dry, Earthy, Fleshy,

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

15ha

Wines

2

Soil

Clay

Prod

160k btls

Agri

Sustainable

Bio

no

Ferm

Wild Yeast

Vegan

no

Sulphur

Low Sulphur

Zudugarai

Antxiola

2020

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri
Fresh, Grape, Grapefruit, Saline, Spritzy, White-flowers,

Zudugarai

Antxiola Rosado

2020

Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Beltza
Cherry, Dry, Juicy, Raspberry, Savoury, Stones,