Agricola Marrone has been producing outstanding wines in Piedmont for four generations.
The third and fourth generations are running the estate today and every care is taken to ensure the quality of the wines.
The grapes are hand picked into 18kg boxes and transported to the winery on sleds to avoid them being bounced about on the back of a trailer!
The whites are fermented at 16C ensuring freshness with complexity. Red fermentation is traditional but done with a delicate hand to ensure silky tannins.
The wines reflect perfectly their terroir but are, at the same time supremely drinkable lacking the aggressive tannins of so many wines from the region.
Albatreti is a 29ha property of which 5ha are under vine and 1.8ha dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino. Located at an altitude of 400-500m asl just outside the town of Montalcino in Southern Tuscany, this estate is cared for by hand by the owner Gaetano Salvioni. The skeletal soils (containing a high proportion of rock fragments), contribute to the linear and mineral character of the wines. The only grape variety planted is Sangiovese Grosso.
Founded in 1974, Avignonesi is the leading winery in the Montepulciano area of Tuscany. Its flagship wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is appreciated by critics and winelovers worldwide and the winery is also renowned worldwide for the unique dessert wines Vin Santo di Montepulciano and Occhio di Pernice.
Avignonesi was purchased in 2009 by Virginie Saverys, who has brought significant changes to the winery. She has worked tirelessly to convert the entire property to organic and biodynamic viticulture, with the clear goal of crafting distinct, genuine wines that fully express the singular characteristics of the Avignonesi terroir. In 2011, Avignonesi applied for organic certification and expects to receive it in 2016, with a slightly longer than usual conversion period because of recent vineyard purchases in Montepulciano.
Today, Avignonesi owns 200 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Montepulciano and Cortona appellations. All of its wines are produced with 100% estate grown grapes. Resident winemakers, Ashleigh Seymour and Matteo Giustiniani oversee production, and under Virginie’s guidance, Avignonesi has developed a production philosophy based on balance, elegance, brightness of fruit and a strong sense of place. Virginie’s appreciation for the malleability of Sangiovese has inspired her to produce a Vino Nobile that fully reveals the complexities of the appellation’s key grape; Avignonesi Vino Nobile is in fact 100% Sangiovese, making this wine a true winelover’s alternative to the more expensive neighboring Brunellos, both in terms of value and style.
Along with Vino Nobile and the critically acclaimed Vin Santo wines, Avignonesi is also known for “Desiderio Cortona DOC,” a Merlot-dominated blend with an iconic “white bull label”. Other notable wines include “Il Marzocco” Chardonnay Cortona DOC; Vino Nobile’s younger brother, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC; and the recently reintroduced “Grifi” Toscana IGT, a rich and suggestive blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ca dei Maghi is a small farm in the hills of Valpolicella making very small quantities of the most exquisite wines. Although started in the 1950's it is only since 2011 when Paolo Creazzi took over the reins that this estate has gone from being 'good' to outstanding. Each year he seeks to express classical Valpolicella at its very best while his natural inclination to experiment and try new things is shown in the small range of IGT wines produced.
Every growing and winemaking decision made is a deliberate step in the search for the finest wines possible, there is no work around or shortcut with these wines - everything is about making the best wines down to the finest detail. Already with his first release Paolo is winning major recognition and this is an estate that will surely go on to become one of the great names of Veneto winemaking.
Our own label Prosecco is made for us by a company with over 70 years of winemaking experience in Veneto. Made from 100% Glera grapes grown in the western part of the Vicenza province in hilly vineyards with some altitude and favourable exposure. Fine and fresh with bright apple and floral notes it's a great value Prosecco for Independent Wine Merchants.
Although this family estate was formed as recently as 1948, there are documents that show the Povero family have been growing vines and making wine since 1837. Today the estate is run by the grandchildren of founder Bartolomeo. Alessio and Margherita make the wines and take care of the cellar, Daniele works in the vineyards whilst Luca and Romano take care of the commercial side of things.
The wines here are made in a sustainable fashion, with no chemical fertilisers or herbicides used, electricity for the winery is produced using solar energy and water is drawn from the wineries own ancient well.
When we went looking for a great Pinot Grigio at a great price one of the producers we approached said 'I suppose you want the Moon on a stick too!'. And so the name was born, after a long hunt, we did finally find what we were looking for and are now really pleased to be selling the result. A brilliant value Pinot Grigio, from cool Veneto at an outstanding price!
Founded in 1995, CasalFarneto is a 35 acre estate whose key to success is to manage traditional winegrowing and winemaking techniques with modern facilities and an eco-sustainable approach towards nature and the surrounding area.
As an example, the winery has been entirely covered by a roof garden planted to vines allowing for a double experience: the pleasant visual continuity with the landscape and a constant underground temperature at 18-20°C where the barrels and tanks are located. Inside, in line with the low environmental impact of the vineyards, technology couples up with natural processing methods to ensure purity in the wines and in the eco-system. CasalFarneto’s effort to reduce impact on the air, vineyard, land and environment makes it gain the definition of a “technological farm” – a place where to envisage the future of winemaking starting from the tradition.
CasalFarneto’s wine production implements a low environmental impact policy, with specific treatments after chemical analysis, allowing for organic and less invasive fertilisation. Sustainability goes along the vinification process certifying its quality up to the bottling stage.
Cascina Vèngore was born in 2012 from the desire of the Povero family to recover some long since abandoned land and the dream of a young vigneron, Lucrezia Povero, to produce expressive wines from native varietals in harmony with nature and the land in which she was born and raised. It is a realm of biodiversity with 100% organic cultivation and a natural amphitheatre, 26 hectares in one single plot around a traditional Piedmontese farmhouse in the heart of Terre Alfieri (Piemonte), a small DOCG representing the ideal synthesis of Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato.
Lucrezia focuses on three indigenous varietals: Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Arneis, exploring their infinite potential and following traditional Piedmontese winemaking practices (steel, amphora, and large wood barrels) with minimal intervention.
The Fattoria di Calappiano, in Vinci, in the territory of Montalbano, represents one of the historicalarchitectural treasures of the Medici family of Florence. It was built around 1500 on commission of Grand Duke Francesco I de ‘Medici Prince of Palazzo Vecchio, with the aim of creating one of the first examples of Tuscan Farm with wine production and a hunting reserve to cheer guests during their stay.
Later the farm was sold to the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and in the nineteenth century Calappiano was nicknamed “Villa degli Inglesi” (English Villa), as it was bought by AH Savage Landor, nephew of the poet and scholar Walter Savage Landor, Shakespeare’s biographer , who was a painter, explorer, writer and an anthropologist. Inside the building you can still find paintings of faraway country peoples and many antiquarian finds, relics of his many trips to the East.
Today the Fattoria Calappiano is owned by the Sensi Family. It’s a place that contains history,tradition and passion for discovery and travelling.
These characteristics are very close to the company philosophy that, with a careful and respectful eye of the past and in love with art and beauty, looks forward to innovating and improving with a modern and international character. The Fattoria
di Calappiano of His Imperial Majesty is currently composed of about 200 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and woods and is protected by the authorities as a natural heritage site for the reproduction of the
local fauna. The Fattoria Calappiano is a laboratory of excellence where unique, territorial and innovative
Giuseppe Cortese are undoubtedly one of the best estates in Piedmont. In the recent Decanter Piedmont Vintage Report Stephen Brook gave this wine 95 points, unsurpassed by any other wine in Piedmont and top of the Barbaresco tasting! The Barbera d'Alba is the entry level and is a great introduction to the estate and the Rabajà is a wonderful expression of Nebbiolo. Quantities are limited and may have to be allocated.
La Delizia are today the largest wine producer in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
This cooperative winery has over 400 members and over 2000 hectares of vineyards.
The wines produced here are great quality and at the reasonable prices you expect from such economies of scale.
The Proseccos are easy drinking but not overly commercial in style and the range of still varietals express their characters perfectly with the Friulano being the pick of the bunch!
The winery Masseria Setteporte is located in a very unique place: on the south-western slope of the Sicilian vulcano Etna, in the town of Biancavilla, within the Etna D.O.C. area. Here, viticulture dates back to ancient times. The Portale family, owners of Masseria Setteporte, have passed their winemaking tradition down through generations.The farm was first modernised by Ferdinando Portale who turned the classic bushtrained vineyards into a vertical trellis system, which is more suitable for modern growing techniques. In 2002 Piero Portale decided to carry on his father’s project, taking the farm from its original 12 ha to 27 ha, 16.5 of which are already planted with vines.The vineyards are cultivated on terraces facing south, at an altitude between 650 and 800 metres above sea level. Due to the vulcanic soil, the high altitudes and the typical Mediterranean climate, the wines produced on the southern slope of Etna are unique in their elegance and have an inviting aroma profile as well as superb drinkability. Since 2002, agronomist Giovanni Marletta has been overseeing production at Setteporte.
A family estate producing terroir-driven varietals that embody all the nuances of the Colli Orientali del Friuli. The Martagona range perfectly represents the variety of flavour profiles that come from the different vineyards sites of this diverse region, from the ponca and gravel to the clay soil of the foothills. The Monviert range is made from only the finest grapes of carefully selected individual vines. The winery was first set up under the name Ronchi San Giuseppe shortly after the Second World War, though its roots go even further back, and the family winemaking tradition that started with grandfather Franco has been handed down from generation to generation. Guided by the age-old value of respect for the land, which has driven Monviert since day one, in 2013 an innovative biomass plant was installed, which turns waste such as vine prunings into a resource, satisfying 100% of their hot water demand.
Really juicy, expressive fruit is the hallmark of Fabio Mottura's wines.
This is Puglia's leading wine producer and their wines will have customers coming back again and again. the entry level wines are pure fruity and extremely drinkable whilst the top end Le Pitre are really quite special and very good value for the extra money.
Nals Magreid are a high quality cooperative producing wines from grapes grown only on the most suitable sites. The aim here is to bring only top quality grapes into the winery where they are turned into wine in a way that is both ecological and allows the finished wine to express it’s terroir accurately. There are two ranges of wines, Classic and Selection - all are single vineyard wines with Selection representing the best parcels from each vineyard that bears its name.
Denis Spagnol is the third generation of winemakers to craft the Glera grapes from the family vineyards in this corner of Valdobbiadene. He is continuing the work started by his grandfather Giovanni, called “Nani Rizzi” by everybody, and by his father Ergi who together use the charmat method to create this range of highly characterful Prosecco. The Jewel in the crown is the Cru Cartizze, considered the Grand Cru of Prosecco. The vineyards are at an altitude of 1000 feet on steep slopes and are traditionally hand harvested after the main Prosecco harvest has finished giving extra depth of flavour to the finished wines.
One of largest wineries in Sicily, Sibiliana Vini uses the latest in modern winemaking technology to produce this range of wines from indigenous Sicilian grapes. The three quality levels of Grillo and Nero d'Avola show the grapes in increasing levels of complexity culminating in the Sibiliano Organic wines. Perricone is one of Sicily's ancient grape varieties currently enjoying fresh populariy. It gives medium bodied wines with crisp acidity and lots of ripe cherry fruit.
Tenuta di Melo is part of the Rosso Cairo family's estate that also includes their biodynamic farm. The family have invested heavily in the Gavi region for the last ten years to achieve sustainable agriculture and enhance the local terroir.
The estate has a mix of agriculture, chesnut woodlands mingle with cereal fields, vineyards and pastures which enhance the overall health of the ecosystem. There are 15 hectares in total of relatively young vineyards grown on suitable sites with beneficial exposures. The wines here are Demeter certified.
The 13th Century Ormanni estate is located right in the heart of Chianti, between the towns of Poggibonsi and Castellina in Chianti. Proof of the incredible heritage of this Tuscan property can be found in Dante Alighieri’s “Divina Commedia”,where the Ormanni family is mentioned. For the last 200 years the estate has been owned by the Brini Batacchi family, and itis Paolo Brini Batacchi together with his daughter Paola who run the winery today.The Ormanni property covers an area of 242 ha of land, 68 of which are vineyards dedicated principally to the cultivation of Sangiovese.The Ormanni Chianti and Chianti Classico are sincere, soil driven wines, expressive of the Barberino Val d’Elsa commune, where Sangiovese takes on a brooding, austere character, though maintaining a generous, fruity core.
Terre dei Buth are specialists in producing Organic and Vegan Prosecco. The quality of these sparkling wines is outstanding, as is the packaging which reflects its ethos.
The range comprises both Spumante and Frizzante with the Frizzante benefitting from reduced duty rates and coming in at great value RRPs.
There are also a range of closures including traditional cork, string cap and crown cap. There truly is something for everyone!