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Domaine Clef de Saint Thomas Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France
The origin of Le Clef de Saint Thomas is actually in Provence, at the famous Château Calissanne. This historic and impressive property has been known for years as one of the very best in Provence. Their wines and also olive oil have a top status in France. In 2006 owner, Philippe Kessler realized his long sighed dream to buy vineyards in the world famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He manages to buy 4 different plots with the 3 main surfaces of the appellation represented. Here, the different grapes find the ideal soil to plant their feet and thus create wines that make Clef de Saint Thomas the exceptional domain it already is today. In less than 10 years they have worked themselves up to the absolute top of Châteauneuf Few are the wineries that manage to put the same finesse and elegance into their wine. Saint Thomas refers to the unbelieving apostle Thomas who could only believe if he saw it. The key is the opening of the gate to temptation and wealth, to the world of beauty and creation. In the traditional winegrowing area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Le Clef de Saint Thomas and Pierre Troupel stand out immediately because of their colorful presentation, but especially because of their unique style and character.
Domaine Paul Thomas
Sancerre - France
The vineyards of Paul Thomas are located in the tranquil village of Chavignol at the foot of the Côte des Monts Damnés. The privileged soils contain a lot of lime and are similar to the infamous "Oyster Bank" grounds in Chablis. (Terre Blanche) Chavignol is also known as one of the few real origin names of cheese. Namely the famous Crottin de Chavignol. (Local goat cheese) This can, if not different, combine like any other with the local Sancerre wines. Nowadays, son Raphaël Thomas runs the small family business. Normally he aspired to a career in physics but after his father suddenly died in 2000 he decided to continue the family tradition. He attaches great importance to a natural vinification and fermentation in old traditional wooden barrels and wants to make an optimal expression of Sancerre of each cuvée. Each cooper of grapes is harvested manually and carried from the steep slopes. Because of the different characteristics of his land, he can produce some beautiful Sancerre's with various characters. His wines show an ideal balance between intensity and structure and ensure that every wine lover has the necessary drinking pleasure.
Alsace - France
This young, ambitious wine project was set up under the expert guidance of Axel Wulfken, former Marketing Director and Product Manager of the Moët-Hennessy and Jacques Cattin, one of the most leading winemakers from Alsace and president of the renowned "Association Crémant d'Alsace". Over the years, his cremants and wines received various awards. The purpose of Grand C is to market a range of delicious, pure and modern Alsace wines, which meet a contemporary and representative style, and which liberate Alsace from its boring, old-fashioned image without loosing the tradition and typicity of the region. The presentation is also far from the classic, ugly Alsatian bottle and exudes an innovative, colorful atmosphere. Especially with its wines itself Grand C will give you more than pleasant surprise and instant wine fun on many occasions!
Game of Thrones - Dornish Wine
Côtes de Castillon & Saint-Emilion
Born in a family of fanatic winemakers and a big fan of the famous "Game of Thrones" series, Thibaut Bardet dreamed of being able to taste a wine from his favorite series. He thoroughly examined the wines from the series and took a close look at the described characteristics and properties. He went to work with his father. Many techniques and blends were reviewed, before they came to the final Dornish Wine with its specific flavors and aromas. For the Imp's Delight they even went a step further and only pure, traditional vinification techniques were used, without the addition of sulphite, to meet the image of the series as much as possible. Also the specific shape of the bottle, the label and the washing seal are reflected as authentically as possible and could thus come straight out of Game of Thrones. The Merlot grape plays the main role. The wines fall under the appellations "Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon" and the world-famous "Saint-Emilion". The years of experience of Vignobles Bardet guarantees top wines from these regions! One by one exceptional wines. "Only close friends can drink them ... So have a drink with us!"
Château Franc le Maine & Paradis Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - France
The story of the Bardet family starts in the 18th century when one of their ancestors with his boat took care of the transport of wines to the port. The vineyards located next to the Garonne (from Bergerac to Bordeaux) were thus able to transport and export their products. After some time some vineyards were bought and with the entry of the railways, transport over the river was soon superfluous. It allowed the family to concentrate more and more on wine-making. The original boat, however, was included in the family coat of arms and remains on all bottles until now. The current owner, Philippe Bardet, with the help of his sons, runs the various Châteaux with great dedication and great concern for the environment and ecosystems. Both on the field and in the basement no effort is spared to keep the ecological footprint as small as possible. It is not sprayed preventively or threated with chemical fertilizers, chance of superfluous oxidation is kept as small as possible, geothermal energy is used and some wines are bottled even without added sulphite. Châteaux Franc le Maine and Château Paradis were last bought. The latter domain used to belong to the family and is a 5-hectare paradise for vines along the banks of the Garonne. It has become the "home" of the family. The wine produced here is one of the absolute top wines of Bordeaux!
Pouilly Fumé - France
The history of this authentic wine estate dates back to the 19th century when Berthe Roumier owned 1.5 hectares of vineyard in Berthiers. Together with her husband, Ernest Seguin, they bought some more vineyards in Bouchot. For example, a variety of terroirs were obtained over the years, including the three most important: lime (fruit), the famous Kimmeridge soils (aromatic strength) and Silex (minerality). Through a combination, they are able to produce complex and refined Pouilly Fumé's that have become almost the trademark of the domain. The belief is that the wine is made in the vineyard. Protecting the local ecosystem is a top priority. They also work according to the "Lutte Raissonée" which guarantees the most natural possible approach to the wine process and avoids the loss of the natural character of the vineyard. The basement is also located on 3 levels to work with gravity as much as possible and to avoid the use of pumps. The current winemaker Philippe Seguin is a real perfectionist and skilled in New Zealand, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône before joining and now also succeeding his father. His accompanying philosophy is "Wealth in Diversity". Each of his wines is an unmissable example of this!
Barcolobo -Finca la Rinconada
Castilla y Leon - Spain
The Winery can be found on the La Rinconada estate, an extraordinary and picturesque natural landscape in the Castronuño region (Valladolid) where the river Duero flows in the form of a sickle to form the shape of the land on which the estate sits (hence the name – rinconada means cornered or cut-off in Spanish). This place boasts a long crop and livestock farming and hunting tradition within the privileged surroundings of the “Riberas de Castronuño – Vega del Duero” Nature Reserve, a habitat of exceptional value for such wildlife species as the purple heron, deer, wild boar, eaglets and countless other animals. This space of incredible natural beauty and value is home to both the vineyards and the winery
Niederösterreich - Austria
Gerhard J. Lobner, production manager of Landhaus Mayer, and the winegrowers jointly decide which steps to take in the vineyards. The vines are closely monitored from the pruning up to the optimal harvest time. "I cannot even begin to describe the potential of these areas", Gerhard J. Lobner enthusiastically says. Due to structural change, many of the prime vineyards are highly endangered of being abandoned. Landhaus Mayer wants to take countermeasures and develop promising prospects with the local winegrowers.
Monsieur et Mademoiselle
Vins de Pays - France
The range "Fifi and Marcel" was created by the inhabitants of the famous Château Fonbadet to offer some of the most classic grape varieties in France at an affordable price while keeping the quality in the foreground. The regions designated for this project are Côtes de Gascogne for white wines and Languedoc for red wines. An appropriate research of the soil and the climate of each place allows to create fruity and mineral white wines with a lot of freshness and for red wines of a beautiful concentration and at the same time seductive, sensual and tasty. The experience acquired over the years by this Château Bordelais now applies to these areas with high potential, where mass production was mainly done before. The importance is to restore these classic grape varieties in the quality they deserve. Moreover this French identity is emphasized by the frivolous character of the visuals on the bottles. Mr. and Miss, you will immediately feel the well-known feeling of "La belle vie à la française" putting you instantly in "holiday" mode.
Domaine Leyris Mazière - Bio Languedoc - France
Quirky winemaker with great ideas, resulting in the best wines from the region. His wonderful blends include grapevarieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Alicante. At Domaine Leyris Maziere, all tastes are catered for!
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Le Cimate - Montefalco
Umbria - Italy
“LE CIMATE” is situated in one of the most suggestive locations at the heart of Umbria - Montefalco. The 28 hectares of land were purchased by the Bartoloni family in 1993 from the Diocese of Spoleto. This site includes the property where the Curate of Casale resided. The family has specialized in agriculture since 1800 and owns a total of 184 hectares of land, of which 108 hectares are used for grain produce, 15 hectares for the hazelnut ,15 hectares for DOP olive groves and 23 hectares cultivate DOCG vines. Situated on a splendid hill top with a 360 degree panorama view of on one side the Monti Martani mountains and on the other side the city of Montefalco, the cantina ‘Le Cimate’, surrounded by it’s suggestive vines, has been constructed on the site of an existing building and takes the name of the actual location. Included in the land is an area where it is said that Saint Clare of the Cross (Santa Chiara della Croce), who lived around the turn of the 12th century, used to shepherd her sheep. In those times there was a water spring that is now long gone where she used to lead her flock to drink whilst she prayed. This area which covers approximately 5 hectares now harvests 4 different types of high quality white grape vines. Three generations of the Bartoloni family have contributed to the construction of the cantina; grandfather Paolo who has dedicated his life to agriculture and moreover has always specialised in vine growing (he was president of the local community cantina ‘Colli Spoletini’ for more than 20 years); his son Giovanni who had the courage to believe in the investment necessary to realise one of the most modern cellar in the area; and grandson Paolo who with his degree in agricultural studies will dedicate the rest of his life to wine production
Meerendal Wine Estate
Cape Town - South Africa
The rich history of Meerendal Wine Estate began in 1702 when Governer Willem Adriaan van der Stel, son of the Constantia founder Simon van der Stel, granted the fertile land, located only 30km north-east of Cape Town, to Jan Meerland. Meerland passed away at sea on route to Europe in 1714. His wife, Christina Stans took charge of the wine estate and ten years later had already cultivated over 60'000 vines. Traditional cultivation methods such as bush vines are still found at Meerendal to this day. Meerendal was one the first wine estates to cultivate Pinotage, the new South African grape, developed in 1925 by Professor Abraham Perold at the University of Stellenbosch. The unique location and soil quality at Meerendal is ideal to cultivate this noble grape variety. Carefully selected grapes, combined with traditional and modern cellar technology, forms the basis of the excellent quality of Meerendal wines. Virtually at sea level, the hills of Meerendal rise above the flat surrounding landscape and are often surrounded by mist. Together these hills and valleys provide an almost endless variety of slopes, soil types and micro climates that make it possible to grow a range of classic cultivars with equal success. The Durbanville region is amongst the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape Winelands and benefits from very little rain during the summer. The cool character is mainly caused by the southeast wind which blows over the vineyard on late afternoons during the summer months. The cool moist air slows the ripening of the fruit and concentrates flavour in the berries. "Our vision is to optimise what we are blessed with and continue to improve the quality of what we produce." - A message from Meerendal and its people
The Belief - Thembi - Fairtrade Western Cape - South Africa
The story of Thembi Tobie is not evident. Working as a black woman in a white man's world, learning everything herself in her spare time, learning to taste wine, studying wine books, visiting wine domains and attending training, we already know this self-made woman has serious capacities. Her vision goes well beyond selling a brand name. At the time of apartheid it was forbidden for black people to drink wine. That's why Thembi made this step into the wine business; to make a difference. She wants to be an example for other young blacks and a pioneer as a woman. She believed in her dreams and made them come true. Her goal is to produce top quality wines that are accessible and affordable for everyone. Her wines are guaranteed fair trade ... and delicious !