Domaine Olga Raffault - France
Located between the Loire and the Vienne, the vineyards of Olga Raffault are situated. Olga was running the family domain together with her husband when her husband died suddenly in the fantastic 1947 vintage. With the help of Ernest Zeinninger, a German soldier who was taken prisoner of war at the end of the war but who was released under the protection of the Raffault family, a top wine was finally realized that year. Having never understood the war, he later bonded with the domain and the Raffault family, resulting in a close friendship that would last. Later her son took over the domain and today it is granddaughter Sylvie Raffault who, with her husband and son, honors the legacy of Olga. The necessary modernizations and new techniques were implemented, but the style and character that Olga had in mind were retained. The wine and vineyards are fully organically labeled and are made and maintained with the greatest care and respect for the environment and climate.
Meerendal Wine Estate - South Africa
Additional wines in assortment:
- 2021 Meerendal Wine Estate Durbanville Bigfeet Africa - Top Sauvignon
- 2021 Meerendal Wine Estate Durbanville Bigfeet Africa - Elegant & balanced Shiraz/Merlot
The origin of Meerendal dates back to 1714. It is therefore one of the pioneers in the wine field in South Africa. Blessed with one of the best terroirs, it enjoys a Mediterranean climate with welcome relief from the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Boland Mountains. Thys Smit is winemaker and cellar master and was finalist for the 2019 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year Award. He takes the domain to (even) a higher level and makes every wine an unmissable pearl for every true wine lover. Today it is one of the absolute top domains in South Africa. She summarizes her conviction and goal as follows: 'Making superior wines, representing the region, with a willingness to work with nature rather than against her.' The view from the domain is extraordinarily beautiful! Meerendal is therefore not only limited to wine, but also houses a luxury hotel and a top restaurant and is also fully committed to offering South African artists a stage. In short, if you want to get to know South Africa better, Meerendal is an unavoidable must in your journey of discovery!
Soumah - Australie
Located in the renowned Yarra Valley, Victoria's oldest wine region and the coolest in all of Australia, Soumah Winery ranks among the absolute summit of what Australia has to offer. The winery was founded in 1997 by Brett Butcher. This great admirer of Northern Italian wines from Piedmont, Trentino and Alto Adige as well as French Burgundy and Northern Rhone wines, discovered Yarra as the ideal location to provide an Australian answer to what he considered to be the very best wines in the world. In the cool climate of Yarra, grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Brachetto and Pinot Grigio find a second home. Even Syrah, deliberately not vinified here as Shiraz, and Viognier produce wines here that easily rival their European counterparts. Quality begins in the vineyard with the philosophy of quality over quantity consistently applied in all areas. This results in extraordinary cool-climate wines, each able to convince even the most ardent classic wine drinker and are a perfect representation of what each grape variety and its terroir has to offer. Soumah is especially renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but has also achieved the highest scores and awards with all its other wines.
Tar & Roses - Australia
Tar & Roses' original winemaking team had its first experience in Priorat (Spain) and later in Italy. There, Don Lewis and Narelle King learned how to deal in the best way with 'old world' grapes and how to reflect this on their native Australia. In addition to Shiraz and Pinot Grigio, they also make wine from other classic grapes such as Riesling, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and even Glera (Prosecco) with the aim of introducing 'New World' drinkers to these grapes. Don Lewis, who sadly passed away in 2017, became one of Australia's most respected winemakers. His interpretation of these classics with an Australian character united the old style of winemaking with the new one. At Tar & Roses, Narelle King now only continues their work with the same philosophy in mind. The grapes come from the best regions of Central Victoria, such as Heathcote (Shiraz) and King Valley (Pinot Grigio), ensuring wines that combine a decidedly tasty character with finesse and complexity. In addition, due to their specific location and altitude, they guarantee wines that are a worthy reflection of Australia's most cool and privileged wine regions.
Pyren Vineyards - Australie
In 1999, brothers Brian and Kevin Joy founded Pyren Vineyards. The Warrenmang Valley was chosen as the location. The perfectly oriented vineyards with grapes such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc are surrounded by forests and other agriculture. In 2003, son, Leighton Joy, achieved his first years as a winemaker and in 2012 he took full charge of the winemaking process. He is a talented young winemaker who has since put Pyren on the international map. As if Joy wasn't enough (What's in a name?) Leighton's nephew, Andy, later joined the team and has been in charge of the overall management ever since. The flagship of the estate is the "Union", a blend of all the best grapes from the best vineyards, where Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot meet in an impressive, seductive and harmonious interplay.
Yarran - Australia
Lorraine and John (late) Brewer purchased the property in 1978 with another local family and set out to re-develop an old fruit farm into a vineyard which the winery and cellar door now call home; in the Riverina, Yenda, NSW. Initially the vineyards were developed to supply larger local wineries, it would be another 20 years of grape growing before Yarran Wines was hatched with the first release of Shiraz in 1998. At the time (and still to this day) we have played the role as small/boutique player in a region of influential and hugely successful wineries in the region. Paving a path to showcase our region’s diversity and varietal expression has meant many years of vineyard and winery development. This next era will see our final stages of organic certification completed, a bigger push into unique regional varieties and hopefully some great vintages under the Yarran brand. Growing fruit, making wine and sharing it with our customers all on one site brings with it many challenges and long days, in the end we love our role and will keep slowly making our way.
Pinon - FranceDamien and Ingrid Pinon are both one team as well as winemakers as in daily life. Among them, the domain was completely modernized and given a contemporary style. The vineyards are 100% Chenin Blanc planted for both foam and still wines and have been organically farmed for over 10 years. This includes avoiding chemical fertilizers and sprays, plowing natural vegetation between the rows to promote the balance of the local flora and fauna, etc. However, this organic method has never been endorsed with a certified label. Since 2020, work has also been done on this and an official certificate is pending. One of the great assets of Vouvray is the rather unique subsoil of a specific type of limestone and millennia-old remains of crustaceans called Tuffeau. This geological layer dates back to Turoon, so named because this geological timeline is most visible near the city of Tours. It guarantees one of the best expressions of Chenin anywhere in the world. The beautiful cellar of the domain, where the wines ferment and mature, was completely hewn from this lime layer.
Catalina Sounds - New Zealand
Catalina Sounds was founded in 2005 by Matt Ward and Fraser Brown. Their ambition is simple and clear: to make Marlborough's best wines. Matt is the winemaker and got his knowledge in New Zealand's most renowned estates (Mahi Wines, Seresin Estate and Wither Hills) as well as making wines in Meursault, Oregon and the Palatinate in Germany. Fraser knows better than anyone the needs and requirements of the vineyard itself that are needed to get the very best out of the grapes. Together they form a team where each excels in perfection in his field. For them, balance is the basis of any wine that should be a natural reflection of its specific terroir. For a young wine estate like Catalina Sounds, the achievements are already impressive. Where they now have the best vineyards in Marlborough, there was nothing 15 years ago. The name of the domain is a tribute to the famous flying boats (or seaplanes) named Catalina.
Crowded House - New ZealandWith Crowded House and Totara, Matt Ward and Fraser Brown (Catalina Sounds) launched 2 other brands that guarantee typical New Zealand and quality wines. Crowded House refers to the early years in Wairou Valley when Matt and Fraser pioneered a valley where grapes were not yet available. Meanwhile, they are far from alone here and others also discovered the enormous quality that this place has to offer. It is as they say themselves: “In the beginning, when we arrived here, we were still alone and brave, or maybe even stupid, but now we are with many others and we can really call it our home here… Our densely populated house.
Totara - New ZealandTotara, also by Matt Ward and Fraser Brown (Catalina Sounds), refers to a majestic native conifer that played an important role in the daily life of the Maori and the Pakeha, including making boats in one piece. Just like with Catalina Sounds, they only go for the very best of what Wairou has to offer. Cool Climate vineyards that have become more important than ever due to contemporary problems such as global warming. Especially now that many of the original wine regions are increasingly faced with the enormous problems that a few degrees of warming entail. Respect for natural balance and sustainability are therefore not empty words here. The wines therefore carry a label for “Sustainable winegrowing”.
Vigneti Zanatta - SardegnaAdditional wines in assortment:
- 2020 Vigneti Zanatta Fieli Carignano del Sulcis IGT
- 2017 Vigneti Zanatta Tarara Riserva Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
- 2020 Vigneti Zanatta Renarossa Monica di Sardegna DOC
Vigneti Zanatta is a young company founded in 2003 with the combination of two pieces of land known for their tradition on the production of the following wines: Sardinia and Veneto. The wines are produced from local grapes in the Gallura area in Sardinia. It is the very nature of the extremely sandysoil with little water or organic matter that gives the wines such as Vermentino di Gallura DOCG and Cannonau di Sardegna DOC their aromatic, spicy flavour by which they are known and can be immediately identified.
Coral Duero - SpainCoral Duero was founded in 2003 by Jesus Fernandez. He was a 'visionary' who had earned his stripes in the maritime world. By buying Coral Duero and also some of the oldest vineyards in Toro, he pushed the limits with the ultimate ambition of 'Making the best wine of Toro!' Most grapes grow on their original vines and were spared from the phylloxera. Coral refers to its maritime past and Duero is a tribute to the river of the same name that flows as a lifeline through the inhospitable landscape of Toro. The first awards came fairly quickly and Robert Parker also honored the 'Rompesedas' with 93 points. Meanwhile, Jesus passed the torch to a young team of talented managers and winemakers. They build on his dream and make Coral Duero one of the ultimate taste experiences of the Toro appellation.
Domaine Passy le Clou - FranceDomaine Patrice was founded in 1950 by the father of Gérard and Christian Patrice. The land with grain was switched to grape-growing and the accommodations to wine-growing in general. It was mainly Gérard who took care of the growing wine section. The available land in Petit Chablis, Chablis and Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy was initially worked for the Cave Coopérative, but in the early 2000s all installations were purchased to enable the transition to the production of high-quality Chablis wines. In the first years, the wines were still sold to Negociants, but since 2017 Domaine Passy Le Clou became a fact and the wines are marketed under their own name and management. From its first year on, the domain has garnered rave reviews from many wine fanatics, won the necessary prizes and immediately settled among the better producers of the appellation. They stand for sustainable viticulture with great respect for nature and in 2019 obtained the certificate: “Haute Valeur Environnementale”. The future therefore smiles broadly and radiantly at Passy Le Clou.
Pandora - SpainThis extremely modern and innovative bodega from Rueda excels at combining old classic wine processes with the latest technological innovations in the wine field. They have different fermentation vats, in stainless steel, wood and cement. There is also an extensive variation in size and shape. This makes it possible to monitor and improve the quality at every moment of the production process and to achieve a separate and optimal vinification for each variety and vineyard. They even have an ampelographic vineyard with up to 20 different grape varieties from all over the world that allows them to experiment and innovate. In addition, they have a variety of vineyards and terroirs that are among the best in Rueda. The wines are aged on their lees to increase quality and storage power. By using egg-shaped cement yeast vats, the micro-oxygen uptake is increased, which in turn makes the wines more lively and interesting. In other words Bodegas Pandora represents, just like in Greek mythology, all the acquired virtues of the gods such as beauty, strength, knowledge, dexterity, persuasiveness… And last of all, curiosity. If you want to enjoy yourself, don't let this Pandora box pass you by.
Florie - FranceFlorie is a brand from the winery 'Les Vignerons du Roy René' which is founded in 1922, was named after one of the most beloved kings of France. King René lived close to the common people and was known as a generous and good man who like to share his time with the average man, participated in parties and tournaments and thus when one of the few kings conquered a place in the heart of the Provencal people. The cave uses the strictest standards of the region and all vineyards must obtain a certificate from the Chamber of Agriculture that guarantees respectful and environmentally friendly viticulture (culture raisonnée). For example, they often apply stricter standards than many individual winegrowers, and several of their wines are voted the best in the region year after year. The vineyards are also subdivided according to location, soil and quality and thus guarantee that a maximum level per wine can also be achieved in the bottle and that each bottle can be traced up to the vineyard. They also link a more than fair price to their different wines which absolutely cannot be said of some so-called "big" names in Provence and some film stars settled there.
Lamborghini - ItalyIn the 1960s, Ferruccio Lamborghini, later better known as a world-famous car manufacturer, purchased the beautiful domain, which is situated south of Lake Trasimeno. As he traveled through the region, he fell in love with the beautiful hilly landscape and after his career as a tractor builder and wagon constructor, he decided to return to his roots and devote himself fully to viticulture as the son of farmers. The vineyards are in Umbria but only a few km from Cortona, the most southern appellation of Tuscany. In the 1990s, daughter, Patrizia took over the domain and further strengthened her father's ambition by modernising and enlisting the help of one of Italy's most talented and renowned winemakers, Riccardo Cotarella, nicknamed "The Wizard". He makes top wines from local grapes such as Sangiovese and Montepulciano like no other and mixes them with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. International wine critics such as James Suckling and Robert Parker love it anyway and give these blends absolute top scores in their wine ratings. Another small and fun anecdote that Ferruccio Lamborghini completely draws: When Ferruccio, being a farmer and specialised in building tractors and other agricultural vehicles, but full of admiration for beautiful sports cars like Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari himself pointed out that the bodywork of his cars was not calculated on the power of his engines, Enzo Ferrari replied that he might have known how to drive a tractor but missed any knowledge of sports cars! ... The rest is history.
Antoine de la Farge - FranceAntoine's grandfather, Gerard Clément, was one of the most respected winemakers in the region and one of the founders of the 'Menetou-Salon' appellation. He is still present on the domain and for Antoine he was and still is his great inspiration and example. He started his career in a wine shop and later became a wine buyer for one of France's largest wine merchants. Here he was given the opportunity to expand his knowledge enormously and gain international experience (ex. in Australia). After 12 years of experience, he returned to the domain in 2012 to put all that experience into practice. As a winemaker, Antoine feels like a conductor who transforms the soil into music. Every wine must be a natural reflection of its soil and requires sustainable agriculture to achieve this. The winegrower is the cement between the grape variety and the final wine. He does not want to manipulate the wine, but only to accompany it gently. That is why all grapes are picked by hand, only gravity is used and no yeasts are added to get the fermentation going. His wines therefore constantly win prizes.
Brennfleck - GermanyAdditional wines in assortment: 2015 Brennfleck Sonnenberg Silvaner Beerenauslese & 2019 Brennfleck Sulzfelder Cyriakusberg Sauvignon Blanc
Franken is a region of peace, culture and relaxation. Taking things just a bit slower. The heart of the wine region is located in the triangle around Wûrzburg. You can also find the traditional 'German' grapes here, but it is especially "Sylvaner" that is king of the region here! With a lot of effort and passion, Suzanne and Hugo Brennfleck make several wonderful wines that were internationally awarded on several occasions. On a terroir like this quality is the only option. They therefore work with the greatest respect for nature and with an experience in wine that has been for over 400 years. Here, wine is a way of life, as they stated: "We want you to taste our love for wine! Wine is so much of our life in history: Historical, cultural, architectural, traditional, social,... Wine is very diverse and that distinguishes itself from many other beverages. With a sip of wine you will discover the region, the landscape, the vintage and the signature of the wine maker. His variety inspires and opens up unprecedented possibilities! " It says a lot about the dedication of the Brennfleck family and their wines. Here, you will find the best "Sylvaners" in the world.Find Wines Discover the winery
Sendero Royal - SpainAdditional wine in assortment: 2018 Sendero Royal Tinto Joven Garnacha
Sendero Royal is located in Aldeanueva de Ebro, a small village in Rioja Baja. Convinced of the exceptional quality of the domain and its vineyards, Gonzalo Ruiz Pastor decided to take over production and no longer sell his grapes to other winegrowers or bodegas. A modern cellar and winery were built and a tasty and contemporary range of wines was created with the help of neighbor and oenologist Rodriguez. They fully meet contemporary needs and quality standards. No old-fashioned wines that have been overkilled by wood, but beautifully substantiated and balanced wines that, without renouncing the individuality and typicality of Rioja, also hold their own internationally. Its vineyards are also slightly higher in altitude than average in Rioja Baja and are among the best in the region.Find Wines Discover the winery
Cornaro - ItalyAdditional wine in assortment: Cornaro Extra dry Spumante Caterina
In the heart of the province of Treviso, at the foot of the hills of Asolo and Montello, in the area of Prosecco, Cantina Montelliana established a cooperative of growers. They use traditional methods and modern equipment, and produce the highest available technologies and with the utmost care. They are also using more traditional methods, which are reliable, and experiences that are closely connected with the history and culture of this area. With an attentive look at the past and through the use of the best winemaking technologies that the market offers Cantina Montelliana processes carefully and supervises the land and the vines with a respectful approach, so excellent wine is obtained. The wine is produced with selected grapes that are chosen because of their high quality. The grapes in the vineyards of this particular country grow between the hills and the plains, which have unique and unrivalled organoleptic characteristics, thanks to the favourable balance between the climate and the soil in this area. The vineyards of Cantina Montelliana are located on the hills of Montello and Asolo on either side of the river Piave: more than 600 hectares of vineyards, characterized by particular soil and climate, ideal for growing high quality grapes.Find Wines Discover the winery
Clos Romane - FranceAdditional wine in assortment: 2019 Clos Romane Côtes du Rhône Rosé
It is in the heart of the Provence Region, where Nadine and Stephane modestly decided to start making their own wine. Their first vintage was a fact in 2011. Only a few years later, their vineyard now covers an area of 30 hectares, overviewing the great plain of the Rhone Valley.Find Wines Discover the winery
Claroscuro Uco Valley - ArgentinaAdditional wines in assortment: 2018 Claroscuro Uco Valley - Bodega de Arte - Tintas-de-Uco Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Claroscuro is a tendency in the art world wanting to emphasize the extremes of colors and light impressions. In both photography and painting, dark effects are represented even darker than these actually are and lighter effects are even lighter. Thus the midtones disappear and the extremes are amplified. The story of Claroscuro starts in 2012 when Gustavo and Paula Cucchiara passed here and immediately fell in love with the beautiful Finca San Francisco with its equally beautiful views and majestic surroundings. At over 1100m height and with the impressive Andes as background, Uco Valley is a unique location for growing grapes. Since they keep art as important value and consider wine making as such, they want to promote art through their wines and have their wines tasted through art. Each bottle receives a personal work of art from Argentinian artists and is thus a representative with a unique identity. The vineyard is subdivided into different terroirs which make it possible to create different characters with different grapes Each bottle has a painting with similar characteristics and make more than just a nice bottle of wine from each cuvée.Find Wines Discover the winery