Located in the heart of the Pays des Brouilly, renowned for the quality of its vineyards, two farms join forces to present a full range of Beaujolais wines.
Jean-François PEGAZ, now owner of the Domaine Baron de l'Ecluse (previously belonging to his Aunt Chantal PEGAZ), located in Odenas and Anthelme and Agnès PEGAZ, from Domaine des Gaillards, located in Charentay.c
Céline and Nicolas, from Alsace, but Beaujolais by heart! After their diploma in oenology and a few trips around the world, they decided to create their domain. Seduced by the region, its charm, its wines and the artisanal and human dimension of its farms, they settled in 2011 in Chénas. They work their wines in a natural way, manual harvesting, without adding yeast and without filtration.
Frédéric Sornin makes this Beaujolais in conjunction with his 13 year old son Victor. The grapes come from vines that are 50-60 years old in the vicinity of Morgon. The vines are farmed naturally, they graze sheep in the vineyards, the grapes are hand harvested and wild fermented, and only a tiny bit of sulfur is added at bottling.
Starting in 1990 with a few acres of vineyards, Manuel Olivier now has 11 hectares in the Hautes-Cotes de Nuits, Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. He also sources grapes from long term contract growers, but his total production remains under 7000 cases.
His style is approachable, subtle wines with delicate fruit - obtained by his obsessive attention to detail - handpicking, low temperature maceration, and use of natural yeast.
Christophe Ferrari currently operates 26 hectares of vines in Irancy and Chablis. Concerned about the quality of his wines , he has managed to keep the traditional methods of winemaking. Though his sons continue to become more involved in the cellar and vineyard his vision of pure expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are in good hands.
The Domaine of L&C Poitout is made up of some 18 hectares, combing those inherited by Catherine (Chablis and Lignorelles) with Louis’s father’s, Michel Poitout (Maligny and Villy) and their Domaine purchased in Fleys. Unique plots, primarily from North to the Eastern ends of the region, nestled in and around some of the Grand Cru’s, they have exceptional terroir, capable of making truly personal wines of real substance. The most natural viticulture is adopted, parcel by parcel to preserve the uniqueness and personality of each plot.
Clos Columbu on the Island of Corsica was first planted in 1973 by Paul Suzzoni and his father, Ettine Suzzoni took over in 1986, and now starting with the 2016 vintage 4th generation Paul shepards the 40th vintage of this historic producer. The organic growing they practice on the domaine, as well as their conversion to biodynamics, encourages them to seek quality while respecting the natural rhythms of nature as much as possible.
Herve Sauvaire's ancestors received this Languedoc domaine as wedding gift in the 1600s making it the oldest winery in the region with some of the oldest vineyards of Carignan around. The wines are excellent examples of the variety from a region not known for its typicality.
Thierry Landry has worked his family’s vines in the Loire Valley since his father’s retirement in 1995. He farms the land organically. His vineyards, aged between 8 and 43 years, are planted to 4500 vines per hectare, with tight spacing to make the plants work extra hard. Yields are kept relatively low, varying depending on the age of the vines. Once everything is manually harvested, the grapes make their way to his ancient chai. His press dates from the 17th century, a real artifact of winemaking history, and he only uses indigenous yeasts to ferment the wines.
A family estate in the Loire which is the fruit of a long tradition of winegrowers, which dates back to 1685. It extends all around the hamlet of Loges, a classified village. Of the 12 hectares of vines, 11 are devoted to the production of Pouilly-Fumé, and one hectare to the production of Pouilly sur Loire. Guy Baudin was a peer of Didier Dagueneau, but chooses not to barrel age this wine, allowing for optimal freshness and immediate drinkability.
Coming from a family that has worked to maintain and grow its presence in Loire, Jean-Pascal's great grandfather worked as a vigneron in 1875, when the family's holdings were at 11ha. Passed down to his grandfather and then to his father, the Domaine suffered a potential setback, when Jean-Pascal's father passed away when Pascal was ten. Pascal's mother was able to keep the Domaine running. Having worked the Domaine after school since he was eight-years-old, Pascal finally took over at the age of 18. He strives to make bone-dry Muscadet wines and pushes his fermentations to the end, to yield wines with zero residual sugar that are dry and crisp with high acidity.
Cellier de la Baraterie is the domain of Julien Viana, a talented young farmer and winemaker from the heart of the Savoie wine region .Julien cultivates ten hectares on the Combe de Savoie not just in Cruet, but also in the villages of St. Jean de la Porte and Arbin. Five hectares are dedicated to his wines, and five are cultivated for other winemakers, all organic. His production covers the classic grapes and appellations of the region: Jacquère, Altesse and Malvoisie for the white wines, with Mondeuse and Gamay for the reds.
Imago Mundi, “Image of the World,” produces exceptional Napa Valley wines that deliver a captivating experience for wine drinkers around the world.
50 years ago, Yves Ruffin chose to convert his three hectares situated between Avenay Val d’Or and Tauxières to organic farming. He did so going against the trends of the time, when winegrowers and technicians didn’t take into consider the impact of their agricultural practices on the environment.
It was in 1661 that Antoine Fleith gave the first pick in the vineyard. Today, Vincent embodies the 11th generation of Fleith winemakers in Ingersheim. With his wife Brigitte, they farm 9 hectares of vines including a plot in the Grand Cru Furstentum. The estate has been certified biodynamic since 2010. For Vincent Fleith, the important thing is to keep the minerality and character of the Alsatian terroirs in the wines. In tank, he believes that as little as possible should be done: exclusively indigenous yeasts, very little sulfur, no chaptalization, no aromatic yeasts. The wines of the estate are of great aromatic purity, chiseled and crystalline
Named after their grandfather, Domaine Emile Grelier has 8 Hectares of vines entirely south facing just north of Bordeaux whose terroir is made up of a mixture of clay and sand. These are sun drenched vines that allow excellent ripening of the grapes. Benoit and Delphine manage the property with their family along passionately environmental lines, having invested heavily in developing a bio-diverse environment they finally started selling their wines in 2012.
A portfolio of several family owned wineries from New Zealand curated by the only Master Sommelier - Cameron Douglas in New Zealand
In 2008, after 12 years working as a computer engineer, Laurent decided to live his passion for wine and environment by becoming a biodynamic winemaker. He then decided to move to the Loire region and fell in love with an old farm in the appellation Bourgueil; Vignobles Laurent Herlin was born. Laurent now works 14 acres of vines on sandy, gravels, and clayish-chalky soils. Laurent harvests everything by hand in small cases with sorting at the vine and in the cellar and destemming his entire harvest. He has the ultimate respect for nature and the environment. He buys recycled and light bottles, collects rain water, uses exclusively eco-friendly materials.
Owners Ali Namdar and Kambiz Safinya's families have owned vineyards in CA since the 1970's. Their wine passion continues with the assistance of former Chateau Latour Winemaker Denis Malbec. Xurus Wines are beautiful Bordeaux style Cabernets
This ancient, 17th century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors is home to Winemaker Fabrice Durou. Their 37 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 and 120 years old, are planted on southeast-facing gravel slopes for maximum exposure, with grass between the rows to force the vines to work harder. Grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery. No chemicals are used in the field, grapes are hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in stainless and cement tanks, then bottled unfined with a drop of SO2 for stability.
Cantina Al di là del Fiume lies between the hills of Bologna and Pignoletto, in Emilia-Romagna. This winery is passionate about biodynamic practices and natural winemaking. They put all their efforts into cultivating ripe, healthy and vital grapes in the vineyard, and they aim to hold onto this in the winery. This is true natural wine made with indigenous varietals on a permaculture working farm by a family who strives for balance in all that they do. Made in amphora with no sulfites added.
Elios's story really brings us as many smiles as the wines do. It is a story of two friends Nicola and Guido whose fathers grew grapes and olives on the Island of Sicily. They both grew up on the island but left to persue careers. Feeling nostalgic and disconected they returned to Sicily to start Elios from vineayrds their fathers tended but up until then had been selling the grapes and olives instead of bottling their own wines. Their vineyards are all located near the city of Alcamo on the East side of the island and are planted to Grillo, Zibbio, Catarratto, Nerrello Mascalese, and Nero d’Avola, Though the vineyards are not contiguous they are located within a half hour of each other. The home Vineyard is in Alcamo while the other two holdings are located in Camporeale and Monreale. They are of course all farmed 100% naturally and hand harvested.
Close to the city of Regusa Pianogrillo is an ancient Sicilian fiefdom, in the Iblei mountains, in Chiaramonte Gulfi. It has belonged to the barons Piccione di Pianogrillo for centuries and today is overseen by Lorenzo Piccione. The vineyards are planted biodynamically to Frappato, Nero d'Avola, and other historic indigenous vines. Everything on the farm is geared towards safeguarding nature and respecting the environment including the breeding of endangered "Sicilian Heritage Black Hogs" and one of the most respected producers of Olive Oil.
Hailing from the Marsala region of Sicily; Vincenzo, Rossella and Nicola met after their studies and personal experiences in different parts of Italy and the Wine World; United by a passion for the land and the desire to value their region. A passion handed down by Father Angelo and grandfather Nzino who still today, follow and convey their values. The idea of resuming wine production (instead of selling grapes) which had been set aside in the 1970s, picks up from the work that their grandparents had wisely done with love and loyalty. 100% organic they create some of the most unique wines from any where let alone from the under appreciated Marsala region.
A native of Catalunya who studied enology and agronomy at Tarragona, Mario Rovira, returned home after working in New Zealand, Sancerre, Napa Valley and Bordeaux. His goal upon return was to nd a place in Spain where he could make wines of precision – expressive of place with fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. After an extensive search and with the support of his family he settled in Ponferrada and began acquiring a selection of vineyards in the foothills of the Montes Aquilanos (mountains of the eagles) in the DO of Bierzo. Named by the Romans who were astonished to see so many eagles circling above these peaks, the Aquilanos form the southern boundary separating Bierzo from the rest of Léon.
Charlotte Allen of Bodega Almaroja is an English expat living in the village of Fermoselle, the "Wild West" of Spain, where she's known as Carlota the Francesa. She makes her wines from 75+ year old organic vineyards, cofermenting these field blends, which contain up to 16 different red and white varietals that few have heard of. Her average yield is 10 hectoliters per hectare (about a half ton per acre--very little). She produces her wines in her 500 year old cellar, carved 100 feet into solid granite, which she believes was initially used during the crusades for Jewish converts to safely conduct religious services.
Although best known for its cider and cheese, the Spainish region of Asturias was an important wine region from the 11th century until the 1950's, when coal mining took over, and most vineyards were abandoned and uprooted. A handful of wineries exist now, centered in the village of Cangas del Narcea, who are working to revive the region's viticultural tradition. Beatriz Pérez and Pepe Flores are a major force in the region's revival. They own a handful of vineyards and tend to many old plots in the region owned by others. Viticulture here is difficult and extreme. A cold, wet climate means demanding viticulture to fend of disease. The vineyards have extremely steep slopes, which, coupled with the rocky slate soils, make for loose footing and dangerous working conditions. For these reasons, Cangas is one of three regions that Spain has given the "Viticultura Heroica" (heroic viticulture) designation.
Jaume Giró i Giró is one of the most small and historic cellars of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. It is known for the manufacture of hand produced Cavas in very limited quantities. Currently the company is directed by an enologist Ramon Giró Gramona, the third generation of the family. His family has been involved in growing Cava, producing the base wines or making and aging Cava since at least 1836, although that is just the earliest found documentation, and they have likely been involved even longer. Ramon learned how to make Cava from his grandfather, the Gramona (hence Ramon's last name). His Cavas are aged on the lees for extended periods of time (for some bottlings, over 100 months).
Bodegas Proexa (Vega Valterra) was the first organic certified bodega in the Utiel-Requena DO. In an area known for gross over cropping and tanker loads of bulk wine, Jose Luis Lopez produces thoughtfully made, delicious wines from his family's 80 hectares of organic vines. The winery was built in 1935. The family grows Bobal and Tempranillo. The wines have a fresh acidity and harken back to traditional winemaking.
In 2008, Brit Jack Roberts was visiting Napa for the very first time to work harvest. He met Johanna Jensen within 6 hours of arriving. On his third attempt in trying to engage conversation with her, she replied, and they were inseparable until dawn. 11 years later they are married, have a two year old daughter and run Keep wines. They come with excellent pedigree - Jack started in the vineyards working for Steve Matthiasson, and now works as assistant winemaker for Matthiasson Family Vineyards, whilst wife JJ is formerly of Broc Cellars and Scholium. All sites are farmed by themselves or by Steve, and are all certified organic or practicing.
Barbara and Bill Steele's Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden is located in the Applegate Valley appellation of southern Oregon. Their 117-acre property is just a few miles north of the California border, alongside the Upper Applegate River. About 25 acres are planted to wine grapes. The estate is different from most others, in important ways. To start with, they chose grape varieties that are historically associated with the Rhône River wine region of France: Syrah and Grenache for red wine, and Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne for white wine. While the latitude is a bit lower than the Rhône, and the growing season is shorter, other qualities are similar, especially to Châteauneuf-du-Pape: river-side bench-land with little rain, hot summers, and rocky soils that don’t hold much water. They are also 100% Estate and 100% Biodynamic.
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