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Category Archive: Vineyard Profiles

Bodegas Paco García Riojas – Open for tasting this Saturday!

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Bodegas Paco Garcia winery is located about 10 miles from Logrono, the main town in the region. Situated roughly 400 metres above sea level in the village of Murillo de Río Leza, the wines are made for drinking, not thinking. The message of the winery is to enjoy the moment, glass of wine in hand, […]

Visiting some of our South African Producers

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Taryn, the newest member of our Retail team was in South Africa over Easter and got to visit Stellenbosch and the Swartland to catch up with two of our very popular wine producers, Journeys End and AA Badenhorst. Journey’s End is a producer that operates close to the ground, has a deep understanding of the […]

Massaya Celebrate 20 years of Lebanese Wine Making

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Wine making in Lebanon has recently transformed the countryside and opened the way for attractive business opportunities. Long established wineries and a host of newcomers have helped cement Lebanon’s reputation as a centre of excellence. We at Massaya are neither an old name nor an eager novice and we are proud that during the past […]

Pikes Wines Ultrasonic Cleaning Innovation

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Pikes was delighted recently to welcome back the men from Vinsonus, a truly innovative and successful South Australian company. Vinsonus’s High Power Ultrasonic (HPU) barrel cleaning technology has been an invaluable tool in helping Pikes not only improve wine quality but also significantly reduce its spending on new oak products, one of the costliest aspects […]

Rejecting the norms: Introducing “Les Dissidents”

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The wine industry has long been governed by strict laws that have influenced the nature of the final product that we decant from the bottle or sip from the glass. These laws (known as Geographical Indications or Appellation Laws) are relevant to the specific and wider wine-growing regions of the world and can restrict growers […]

Francois Mitjavile – Tertre Rôteboeuf 2016

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It was my 22nd year visiting Francois, resident owner and magician at Tertre Roteboeuf. As always one of the highlights of our Bordeaux trip each year, with 2016 no exception. His 2016s are simply stunning – sensuous and sensational quality. They possess great depth, roundness and the marvellous ability to drink young but stay the […]

Domaine Gayda

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There is a certain freedom to winemaking in the south of France. The warm Mediterranean climate, the long hours of sunshine, mild winters and warm summers mean that a sizeable number of both red and white grape varieties will thrive in your vineyards. Geographically, the Languedoc is enormous and there is plenty of scope for […]

Maison Ventenac

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The vineyards of Maison Ventenac lie in the foothills of the ‘Black Mountain’, north of Carcassonne. The climate here is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Alain Maurel established his winery here in 1973, blending classic Bordeaux varieties with their Mediterranean cousins. His son-in law Olivier joined him in 2009, bringing new ideas to […]

New Additions to our Badenhorst Family

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This year has seen us celebrate some welcome new additions to our range of wines from Adi Badenhorst. Adi is one of the most refreshingly open and vibrant people you will ever meet.  He is the polar opposite of stuffy or pretentious and embodies the free spirited, convivial, work hard play hard mentality that might […]

Finding Ninot

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Good Burgundy is like nothing else but following a few small harvests, we have seen prices rise to levels that puts it out of most people’s reach. This prompted us to look beyond the big names of the Cote d’Or and we set out on a quest to find a few dynamic young growers from […]

Just Arrived: The sublime De Montille wines

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Just arrived: the sublime De Montille wines from some of Burgundy’s finest vineyards We are delighted to have secured an allocation of these sought-after and much admired Burgundies. Their hallmark is elegance and finesse and they come from some of the very best terroir on the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Our first […]