Meet the Wine Producers
Situated in the heart of the Medoc and the terroirs of Moulis and Margaux, Château Meyre has been growing vines for more than 3 centuries. Since 1876, the area has been among the very first wines of Avensan. The estate has been classified Cru Bourgeois since 1932. Thanks to the owner and the visionary teams, they are committed to the sustainable agriculture since 2008, and obtained the organic certification in 2011 – Château Meyre was one of the first Organic Crus Bourgeois and has now been granted the title of Cru Bourgeois Superieur. This title rewards all the work done over the years in keeping with their values, commitments, and passion.
Visit their website: closdemeyre.com
Chateau Clos Chaumont is the story of a wine passionate and two families united in effort and friendship. In the early 90’s, the Dutch Pieter Verbeek bought the nearly abandoned property out of a wish to produce his own wine.
Why Clos Chaumont? It’s simple! The beautiful residence, its unique panorama and of course its exceptional soil on the hillsides of the Garonne river offer the perfect package for high quality.
With the assistance of Viviane and Didier Ginelli and through hard work, the place was restored in honour to what nature created. Then, under the guidance of Kees van Leeuwen, our first consulting oenologist, the first vintage was born. This happened in 1994. Ten years later, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, co-owner of Chateau Angelus, took over the consulting and is, since then, signing our labels by applying his “Grand Cru touch”.
Over the years and with the help of the entire team, Clos Chaumont became one of the prides of the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux appellation with wines that are regularly awarded both nationally and internationally.
Today, Pieter’s children have taken up the torch and are continuing the work of their father.
Visit their website: closchaumont.com
The Vinho Verde region, in Portugal, is finally being recognised as the wonderfully diverse area that it is. With consumers looking for lighter wines that excite and satisfy, the company Viniverde fits the bill perfectly. It is a company dedicated to the production, commercialization and marketing of diversified DOC “Vinhos Verdes” wines.
Adega Ponte da Barca, has more than 50 years of experience and they possess amazing knowledge. Producing Vinhos Verdes with grapes from the Lima sub-region. Theses grapes, used in producing their wines, allow young, aromatic, light and fresh wines with globally unique characteristics.
The consistency and high quality of their wines have led to many awards and their single grape variety wines include Loureiro, Alvarinho and Vinhão.
Oenologist: José Antas Oliveira
Dietary: Vegetarian & Vegan
Environmental Practice: Sustainable practices
Find out more about the region: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/73745
The work of oenologist Luis Duarte in their vineyards is more than just a passion. The establishment of the estate and the cultivation of the vines (1987), as well as the design of a state-of-the-art wine cellar (built in 2005) are all based on the latest findings in high-end viticulture.
Herdade dos Grous belongs to the Austrian/German Pohl family. Known for their luxury hospitality in the Algarve region since the 80’s.With a total of 700 hectares, where 73ha are dedicated to high quality vineyards. The rest is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and the keeping of livestock.
Taking care of the environment and sustainability are the base of this project. Herdade dos Grous represent the current pioneering spirit of Portugal’s wine-growing busines.
Oenologist : Mafalda Vasques & Luís Duarte
Environmental Practice: Vegan friendly, Low Sulphites & Sustainable agriculture
Find out more: https://www.herdade-dos-grous.com/
Botanica Wines was founded in 2009 by owner and self-taught winemaker Ginny Povall, an intrepid American who fell in love with the beautiful Cape winelands, purchased Protea Heights farm in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley and relocated to the southern tip of Africa in 2008. Established in the late 1940s, Protea Heights was the first farm in South Africa to cultivate indigenous protea flowers commercially. Inspired by this horticultural history, it was only natural that Ginny would choose to develop her wine brands and labels with a botanical flair.
Today the estate boasts eight varieties of proteas (four of which are hybridized species unique to the property), largely destined for export to Europe. The 21.6 hectare farm is planted with 10 hectares of indigenous flowers, which bloom throughout the year, and 5 hectares of organically farmed, high density vineyards. Planted between 2009 and 2010, the estate vines provide the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Albariño used to craft Botanica’s Arboretum, Big Flower and Flowergirl ranges.
Find out more: www.botanicawines.com
Between the Portes de Lyon and the Chablisien, Puligny-Montrachet, a small Burgundy village, produces some of the most renowned white wines in the world.
It is here that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir like to be the ambassadors of the Estate. Thanks to the complexity of the clay-limestone subsoil, the different orientations of the slopes and the micro-climates, Domaine Guillemard-Clerc produce wines with very different characters.
Find out more: guillemard-clerc.com
The Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil at Ladoix-Serrigny in the heart of Burgundy has been run by the same family for three generations. Now, the brother and the sister manage the domaine. The estate’s 19 hectares are located in the villages of Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-les-Beaune with different regional, village, village premier cru and grand cru appellations.
Find out more: domaine-maratray-dubreuil.com
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.
In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.
Find out more: www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za
The Cantina Brunelli is located in San Pietro in Cariano, a village in the classic area of Valpolicella, from the ancient traditions related to the cultivation of vine. The vineyards of the estate are located in the splendid hilly area of Valpolicella, between the Val d’Adige and the first reliefs of the Lessini Mountains. The passion for wine has been handed down from generation to generation until today. Today, the company is Luigi with his wife Luciana, always faithful to the project of valorising the traditional wines of Valpolicella as a sign of continuous research of quality.
In 1939 a young ‘Don Lolo Falasco’ started selling wines from the front of his bike, but he had ambition, a dream and worked hard. Lolo’s legacy is now in the hands of the third and fourth generation and today ‘Bodega Los Haroldos’ is one of Argentina’s leading family-owned wineries. They are making fine wines from premium vineyard sites in Mendoza, where they utilise high altitude to impart character and freshness in their wines.
Harpers Wines Stars awarded ‘5 Stars‘ to ‘Los Haroldos Seleccion de Familia Malbec’ and 4 Stars’ to Los Haroldos Chacabuco Malbec and among their ‘Roble’ range the Malbec, Bonarda and Blend also received ‘4 Stars’. Consistently ‘Bodega Los Haroldos’ produce superb wines, ‘Harpers Wine Stars’ confirms that with their latest vintages they continue to produce excellent wines with a very good price-quality relationship.’
Meet the Brewers
Crumbs Brewing was founded by Reigate husband and wife Morgan and Elaine Arnell in 2017 in collaboration with Chalk Hills Bakery, whose lovingly crafted artisan loaves would become the basis for lovingly crafted artisan beers.
The Bakers are Chris & Rosie Robinson from Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate, Surrey. Provider of delicious, organic, artisan breads to a range of deli’s, restaurants and pubs in the local area as well as via their shop on Bell Street. What’s less well known about Chris and Rosie is they also used to be publicans. A fact that meant they were very receptive to the random phone call received one day asking “Do you fancy trying to make some beer from your leftover bread??”
We got to know about these beers as Claire used to work with both Morgan & Elaine in their previous lives in Marketing at Boots! We have all come along way since then and who knew we would end up in the drinks trade? Cheers guys!
Find out more: https://www.crumbsbrewing.co.uk/
Meet the Distillers
Brentingby Gin is a true craft gin, handcrafted and bottled in the heart of England. Nestled in the Leicestershire countryside, all their gin is made and bottled in Melton Mowbray.
Combining contemporary with tradition to create a modern and unique Gin, we hope to inspire our drinkers with the same passion for locally-made, authentic produce, that inspired us to create it.
BRITISH MADE, SCOTTISH EXPERTISE & SOUTH AFRICAN INSPIRATION. As founder, Bruce has brought his South African roots into Brentingby Gin’s design.
The founders of Rare Bird Distillery in Malton, North Yorkshire are a small group of like-minded individuals with a passion for fine flavour and a love of Gin. Collectively, they have lived and holidayed in both the wine regions of Bordeaux France and the rolling Tuscan hills of Italy. These locations, apart from their beauty, seemed to have something very important in common; a discerning local community who have enormous pride in local produce, who demand high quality ingredients and appreciate the best flavours. Their senses acutely awakened by these experiences, they gradually began to reject the mass produced Gins most often found in the supermarket aisles, in search of something superior, something more flavoursome, more satisfying.