Producer profiles/visits:

Vedernikov Winery

Published on March 9, 2013

Valery Troychuk and his son Maxim, work with indigenous Russian grapes on their 200 hectares of vineyard, situated in the chilly Rostov region, where vines need to be buried to survive the winter.


Meonhill

Published on February 27, 2013

Forget big, brand-name Champagne houses investing in the UK to make sparkling wine. Fifth generation Champenois vigneron Didier Pierson has already been growing grapes to make English Sparkling Wine (ESW) on the South Downs since 2004.


Domaine de l'Arjolle

Published on February 22, 2013

Family-owned Domaine de l’Arjolle is a producer making a virtue out of flavoursome and interesting, easy-drinking, varietally-labelled IGP wines, as well as ploughing the sustainability furrow.


Château Massamier La Mignarde

Published on February 2, 2013

Frantz Vènes is no newcomer to the Languedoc. The now 70 hectare Château Massamier La Mignarde, in the Minervois, has been in the family for 300 years. He is a fan of carbonic maceration.


La Chablisienne: quality and minerality

Published on January 28, 2013

La Chablisienne is one of those rare enough things, a quality-orientated co-operative that’s also blessed by its members with some great vineyard plots, which boost its reputation overall. In addition, the co-op has explored in some depth the status quo on minerality.


A lesson in viticulture at Domaine d’Arjolle

Published on January 23, 2013

Charles Duby, the viticulturist at Domaine de l’Arjolle in the Languedoc gives a great session on the role of the soil.


Crémants from Maison Simonnet Febvre

Published on January 13, 2013

Maison Simonnet Febvre are the only winery in Chablis making sparkling wine, and about a quarter of their total production is Crémant


Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fevre

Published on December 14, 2012

Nathalie and Gilles Fevre make outstanding wines from their 43 hectare Chablis property, and I was keen to get the low-down on Chablis and minerality from these top-quality guys.


Bourboulenc at Château d’Anglès

Published on December 2, 2012

Château d’Anglès in the Languedoc has made something of a specialty of its old white bourboulenc grape variety, making tasty, fresh wines worthy of bottle-age.


Abbotts and Delaunay

Published on November 24, 2012

It’s refreshing to admit a vinous volte face, which is just what happened when I visited recently at Abbotts and Delaunay in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

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