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MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Christophe Landry

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Christophe Landry

We recently visited the 17-acre Bordeaux vineyard of Château des Graviers located in the Arsac region of Margaux and has been in the Dufourg-Landry family for generations. Some of the adjacent parcels of land are Grands Crus Classes such as Chateau Issan, Rauzan-Ségla, Prieuré-Lichine and Marojallia. Christophe Landry is the fifth-generation winemaker and like many winemaker’s sons was sent to college to study wine making. Christophe was frustrated by the techniques and manipulative processes he started to learn in college, so he decided on his own path.  Leaving college and approaching wine making from his purest ideals and his precise attention to detail. Each grape in his wine is produced on the terroir best suited to its qual..

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Thys Louw

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Thys Louw

Diemersdal is one of the oldest family owned estates in South Africa, founded in 1698 and owned by the same family since 1885. The Louw family is now farming the vines. Every first-born son is called Matthys Michael Louw and there are currently three generations living and working on the estate. It has been handed down from father to son since 1885 and now has three generations working and living on the farm. Thys Louw is the sixth-generation winemaker, his father, Tienie snr has been making wine on the farm for more than 30 years. It was under Thys and Tienie snr that the farm moved away from bulk wine, selling the grapes on to other wine makers. "My father is a forward thinker. He realised back then that we could add value without a..

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Andrea Libenzi

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Andrea Libenzi

Laila Libenzi was started in the 1950’s when Aristle Libenzi and his wife Renata bought land near Corinaldo in the Marche region overlooking the Adriatic Sea on the East coast of Italy.  They worked the land and tended the vines with true Italian passion. Over the years they were joined by their daughter Laila, then son in law Andrea Crocenzi. In 1990 Andrea invested heavily in high density planting which is very unusual in the region, this obtained wines of greater concentration, resulting in a style that is unique to the winery and together with Oenologist Lorenzo Landi they turned this into one of the most innovative wineries of the Marche.  Since 2013 the vineyard has been managed by Laila’s children, Andrea and Chiara w..

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Fanny Boyer

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Fanny Boyer

"Costières de Nîmes is the most southerly appellation of the Cote du Rhone. The wines of the area are reputed to have been consumed by the Ancient Greeks and thus figure among the oldest known wines in the world. Tucked away in this region is Chateau Beaubois, vines have been grown here since the 13th century. Cistercian monks originally planted grapes and olives in the sun-soaked, stony soils, noticing immediately the potential for quality found within modern-day Costières de Nîmes' terroirs. Fanny and her brother François are the 4th generation tending the vines and making wine on this plot of land. This brother-and-sister team organically farm 54 hectares of grapes, and 2 hectares of olives on their historic property, happy to ..

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Bodegas Ontañón

MEET OUR WINEMAKERS - Bodegas Ontañón

Wine has been produced in Spain for thousands of years: Romans had a particular liking for Rioja wines, records exist of shipments of nearly 20 million amphorae from Spain to Rome in 20 AD! The region gets its name from the river Oja, a tributary of the Ebro. The real improvements in Rioja wine making began around 1780, when then modern techniques were adopted from wine makers in Bordeaux. Historically in Rioja, growers grew the grapes, sold these to the wine makers who bottled, stored and sold the wines. This practice still exists, with contracts between growers and Bodegas. In the early 1980’s when Gabriel Cuevas inherited a portion of his family’s vineyards, located on the high mountain slopes of Rioja Baja, he decid..

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