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Argentina

Achaval Ferrer
www.achaval-ferrer.com

Achaval Ferrer at JN Wine

Small, quality-driven Mendoza winery specialising in single vineyard Malbecs produced in miniscule quantities. The Argentine and Italian owners aim to highlight the concept of 'terroir' by using low yielding old vines in ideally sited vineyards

Finca Sophenia
www.sophenia.com.ar

High altitude estate producing award winning Altosur and Sophenia brands including much lauded Synthsesis Malbec

Australia

Best’s
www.bestswines.com

Founded in 1866, the fifth generation of Victoria winemakers continue a tradition of excellence and innovation. Best’s was among the first to see the potential of Australian Chardonnay, realised in their superb Great Western Chardonnay

Cape Mentelle
www.capementelle.com.au

Purity of fruit, freshness and elegance typify this iconic Margaret River winery which pioneered winemaking in this remote area in the south west corner of Australia

Charles Melton
www.charlesmeltonwines.com.au

Small Barossa Valley winery that has gained international recognition for its hand crafted, dry farmed premium red table wines

Crawford River
www.crawfordriverwines.com

South West Victoria winemaker producing much acclaimed Cabernet, Riesling and Sauvignon

Hollick
www.hollick.com

Family run Coonawarra winery making mainly red wines using a blend of traditional methods and modern technology

Howard Park
www.howardparkwines.com.au

Western Australia winery based in premier growing regions, Margaret River and Great Southern. Committed to traditional winemaking skills, using new French oak and careful blending procedures

Kilikanoon
http://www.kilikanoon.com.au/

The guru of wine critics, Robert Parker, is among the many admirers of the talents of Kilikanoon’s winemaker Kevin Mitchell. Killermans Run Shiraz flies off the shelves in the Crossgar shop

MadFish
www.madfishwines.com.au

Based in the cooler Denmark and Albany sub-regions of Great Southern, the Howard Park owned winery fashions unpretentious, but highly acclaimed wines – among JN’s most popular lines

Pikes
www.pikeswines.com.au

Clare Valley winery making 35,000 cases annually which are exported to about twelve countries around the globe. The cooler climate and unique soils of the Polish Hill River area impart distinctive flavours and aromas to the wines

Austria

Hopler
www.hoepler.at

The Hopler Winery is located in Winden on the western banks of Lake Neusiedl in the province of Burgenland. The Hopler portfolio includes a delicious Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and eminently affordable TBA and Eiswein

Chile

Aroma
www.vinalasninas.cl

Colchagua Valley winery owned by the Dauré family from Chateau de Jau www.clos-de-paulilles.com  in Roussillon, making a range of excellent value wines

Vi┼ła Casablanca
www.casablancawinery.com

Casablanca Valley producer notable for Nimbus range of single estate wines

France

Chateau d'Aiguilhe,
http://www.neipperg.com/index.php?act=1,12,5,,,,,en

Aiguilhe forms part of the winemaking empire of Stephan von Neipperg and it benefits from the tried and tested winegrowing methods used by his Saint-Emilion estates: letting the terroir express itself fully, low yields, and a very flexible approach to winemaking. Jean-Patrick Meyrignac has managed the estate since 1989

L'Ameillaud, Domaine
www.ameillaud.com

Cairanne estate under the stewardship of englishman Nick Thompson and his wife Sabine. The limestone and clay soils of the vineyard are located on south/south westerly slopes at the edge of the village of Cairanne. The winery exports 150,000 bottles annually

Angelus, Chateau
www.angelus.com

Promoted to premier grand cru classé rank in the St Emilion classification of 1996, Angelus is acclaimed worldwide as one of St Emilion’s finest wines, It embodies one family’s dedication to getting the utmost from the excellent local "terroir" growing conditions. Angelus's vineyards, 57.8 acres, situated less than a kilometre away from the famous St Emilion steeple, enjoy a perfect southerly exposed slope.

L'Anhel, Clos de
www.anhel.fr

Corbieres estate in the Lagrasse area growing Carignan and Grenache and Syrah. Respect for the environment is the byword with absolutely no insecticides, copper or weedkillers being used. The approach is based on principles of organic, biodynamic and eubiotic farming, thus reviving bacterial life in the soil, and ensuring the healthy state of the crop. The quality of the wines testifies to the success of their methods

Beaucastel, Chateau de
www.beaucastel.com

Top purveyor of Chateauneuf, Beaucastel’s origins date back to the 16th century. The 100 hectare estate still grows all of the13 grape varieties permitted in Chateauneuf du Pape Appellation. Also produces delectable whites, especially old vines Roussanne

Beauregard, Chateau de
www.joseph-burrier.com

The Burrier family has owned Chateau Beauregard through five generations.The estate of 25 hectares includes 19 hectares of Pouilly Fuisse and 7 of St Veran. The vineyards are tended in an environmentally sympathetic manner with microbial life encouraged so that deep rooting can take place. Wines are allowed to ferment slowly and clarify naturally. The Pouilly Fuisse "Grands Champs" is one of Nicholson's top selling quality Burgundies and their Fleurie Classique is one of our bestselling Beaujolais

Bellevue, Domaine
www.domainebellevue.fr

Patrick Vauvy's Domaine produces benchmark single varietal Loire wines. The 18 hectares of vineyards are planted mainly with Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Hand harvesting is the rule and wonderful languid Sauvignon is the result. Many JN customers at our November Cloudy Bay blind tasting come away with Bellevue in preference to its much hyped New World competitor

Bellier, Domaine
www.vinsbellier.fr

The estate is in Vineil, near the city of Blois heading towards Château de Chambord facing the river Loire. Its delightful, fresh Cheverny is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay

Billecart-Salmon
http://www.champagne-billecart.fr/

Billecart-Salmon is a small, family-owned Champagne house established in 1818 by Nicolas-François Billecart. It is responsible for some of the finest bottles of Champagne ever to grace the world of fine wine and is especially renowned for the quality of its delicate rosé. All Billecart Champagnes have the ability to age very well.

Bois D'Yver, Domaine de
www.bois-dyver.com

Superb Chablis producer employing cutting edge technology allied to impassioned winemaking under the stewardship of George Pico

Bott Geyl, Domaine
www.bott-geyl.com

The totally organic 13.5 hectare domaine includes plots in four grands crus – Sonnenglanz, Mandelberg, Schoenenbourg and Furstentum. Slow pressing, using wild yeast, the fermentation continues on the light lees for nearly a year to make great modern wines.

Bouvet Ladubay
www.bouvet-ladubay.fr

Established by Etienne Bouvet in 1851, this is the second oldest producer of sparkling wine in Saumur. The company works with over 120 local growers, who produce grapes with the guidance of Bouvet-Ladubay oenologists. The wine is crafted by ‘méthode traditionelle’ (ie Champagne fashion) in Ladubay’s high-tec winery in St-Hilaire-St-Florent

Brane Cantenac, Chateau
www.brane-cantenac.com

Historic Second Growth Margaux property under the ownership of Henri Lurton. covering 90 hectares of gravelly terroir. The wines are prdomnantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot making up an increasingly significant proportion of the remainder

Canteperdrix
www.cavecanteperdrix.com

New to JN (April 2010) the winery's delectable white is a blend of two of the less often seen grape varieties - Bourboulenc and Clairette

Carignan, Chateau
www.chateau-carignan.com

Château Carignan is located at Carignan de Bordeaux, 10km to the east of Bordeaux in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux AOC. The dominant grape variety, as for the other right bank Appellations (Saint Emilion and Pomerol), is Merlot. This variety is in its element on the clayey limestone hillsides and offers supple, well rounded and highly fruity wines

Cauhapé, Domaine du
www.cauhape.com

Jurancon estate covering 40 hectares of south-east-facing slopes. Wines are based on Gros Manseng for dry wines and Petit Manseng for their delectable sweets

Climens, Chateau
www.chateau-climens.fr

A 29 hectare Premier Cru Barsac estate planted entirely to Semillon vines. Some vintages rival Yquem in quality and price. The style of wine is elegant, racy, with great vibrancy, all hallmarks of good Barsac

Clos des Fees, Domaine du
www.closdesfees.com

Roussillon estate with a picture postcard feel: dry stone walls, limestone outcrops and ancient vines. The flamboyant proprietor Herve Bizeul adds a touch of bohemian unconventionality and one of his wines "Walden" (www.walden.fr) is named after American non-conformist poet and philosopher, Henry Thoreau whose novel "Walden" describes his life in a wilderness log cabin

Closel, Domaine du
www.savennieres-closel.com

Beautifully situated Loire producer with a portfolio of sensational Savennières whites from Chenin Blanc with spectacular ageing qualities

Coste Chaude, Domaine de
www.domaine-coste-chaude.com

The rich and varied terroir of the Visan plateau makes Coste Chaude special. This unique location stems from the region’s tormented geological history. Six million years ago when the Mediterranean was completely dried up, powerful rivers tore off rocks from the Alps that now make up the conglomerated mass. Of the Domaine’s 35 hectares (86 acres) lying at 350m altitude (over 1000 feet), just over 21 hectares are planted with vines whose average age is at least 40 years. Grenache is the main variety followed by Syrah with 6 hectares and you’ll also find one plot of old Carignan

Durfort-Vivens, Chateau
www.durfort-vivens.com

Second Growth Margaux estate whose history stretches back to the 12th century. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the plantings at this 32 hectare property

Forges, Domaine des
www.domainedesforges.net

This is a family domaine, located in St Aubin de Luigné, a small hamlet just a few kilometres south of Rochefort-sur-Loire. It is currently under the direction of the third and fourth generations Claude and Stéphane Branchereau, the latter having joined the former in 1996 following experience in Bordeaux and Beaujolais. The portfolio of wines produced touches the great appellations of Anjou-Saumur, from Savennieres to Quarts de Chaume. They manage their 42 hectare estate with great attention to detail; yields are typically less than 25 hl/ha, and there is manual harvesting in several tries; up to three or four would be quite normal, for both dry and sweet wines. The vinifications are small and multiple, each individual plot fermented separately, and further divided by harvest date. The wines then see some exposure to new oak, although only in large 450 litre casks, thereby damping the impact on the wine. Much of the domaine, perhaps 25 of the 35 hectares, is given over to the production of sweet wines (www.winedoctor.com)

Gaudrelle, Chateau
www.chateaugaudrelle.com

Alexander Monmousseau's estate dates from 1537. Chenin Blanc is the only grape planted. The Vouvrays are consistent award winners; they are off-dry in style with aromas of honey and ripe apples.

Gayda, Domaine
www.gaydavineyards.com

Ultra modern winery near Carcassonne which uses traditional Languedoc grape varieties from contacted growers to make great value wines from their fresh and crisp T’Air d’Oc Sauvignon Blanc through to their signature red Chemin de Moscou

Girardin, Domaine Vincent
www.vincentgirardin.com

Hand harvesting, strict sorting of fruit and rigorous hygiene control are the hallmarks of Girardin's Meursault based operation.
"...Girardin's Santenay reds are models of digestible, silky purity while the whites (rare for this AOC) are fresh and lemony. For the negociant business, Vincent buys fruit (never juice or wine) from old-vine parcels up and down the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune (which thanks to its size is where most bargains are to be found) There is no fining and filtering. The consistency of these wines is astonishing, given the Burgundy region's historical unreliability, with even the most modest AOC amply meriting a punt." Andrew Jefford, The New France

Grapillon d'Or, Domaine du
www.domainedugrapillondor.com

The Chauvet family has been cultivating vines at Grapillon d'Or since 1806. The majority of the vineyard area is situated at the foot of  the Dentelles de Montmirail in Gigondas. Low yielding vines and rigorous selection of fruit have contributed to the success of this superb producer whose wines have consistently won awards and plaudits worldwide

Gruaud Larose, Chateau
www.gruaud-larose.com

150 hectare St Julien Second Growth producing wines from predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with about 30% Merlot and small quantities of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.Often referred to as a 'super second', ie one of those Deuxieme Cru vineyards that challenge the supremacy of the First Growths, Gruaud Larose turns out consistently excellent wine even in the more dubious vintages. The second wine, Larose du Gruaud, is one of JN's bestselling clarets

Haut-Brion, Chateau
www.haut-brion.com

The oldest and smallest of the four First Growth properties classified in the 1855 classification of the Gironde wines. In the words of Samuel Pepys, in 1663 while visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London, “There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Centuries of wine connoisseurs have concurred with the eminent diarist find the first written mention

Hureau, Chateau du
www.domaine-hureau.fr

Hureau is one of only a tiny number of  Loire wine estates that are graced with a true chateau of their own. Proprietors Philippe and Georges Vatan inhabit the house, which comes complete with 13th Century cellars cut into the limestone.The chateau is topped by a weather vane featuring a wild boar, the name hureau referring to an old, solitary male boar. The Vatans have transformed the quality of his family's vineyards since taking control in 1987. Yields have been reduced and the wines are richly concentrated

Jau, Chateau de
www.chateaudejau.com

Owned by renowned Roussillon winemakers, the Dauré family, Château de Jau was built in 1792.The estate spans the villages of Cases de Pêne, Estagel, and Tautavel, occupying 134 hectares planted in eleven classic Mediterranean varietals. The magnificent hillside vineyards were revitalised by scrubbing the old neglected vineyards and crushing the stone thrown up in the process.

Javillier, Patrick
www.patrickjavillier.com

The Javillier family has been in Meursault for centuries, and has always owned parcels of vines. Patrick Javillier studied oenology in Dijon before taking over responsibility for the estate with the 1974 harvest.
"Javillier is a passionate seeker after truth (or, in this case, perfection) working each barrel differently in a constant series of trials to see what works best. He has little in the way of grand land, but he is a real master." - Clive Coates

Joguet, Charles
www.charlesjoguet.com

Top Chinon winemaker making delicious reds exclusively from Cabernet Franc. Joguet is an innovator and over the years has experimented with new technologies and techniques. Recognising the potential of his individual vineyards, he introduced the concept of vinifying and bottling according to the terroir, the vineyard of origin, rather than blending across plots which was the norm for Chinon. He has lowered yields, hand harvested, and collected the grapes in small 20kg crates rather than allowing them to be damaged in larger containers

Joly, Nicolas
www.coulee-de-serrant.com

Joly is one of the leading proponents of biodynamic viticulture. his property in Savennieres in France's Loire Valley is one of only five single sites to have its own appellation (AOC). Exclusively white wines are made here from the Chenin Blanc grape. In the words of Decanter magazine: 'Nicolas joly is right: he is not a winemaker. He is a thinker, a talker and an idealist, with a captivating passion for his work. his wine is simply the end result of a much greater process'

Joncier, Domaine du
www.domainedujoncier.com

Lirac estate created in 1964 by Pierre Roussel and now run by his daughter Marine. Vines are raised organically and yields are kept low to allow optimal maturity, full flavours and concentration.
Harvesting is manual and the grapes undergo gentle vinification producing rich and harmonious wines

Lafite Rothschild, Chateau
www.lafite.com

1855 First Growth. The grand vin is Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, which is dominated by Cabernet. The production is up to 25000 cases per annum. The second wine is Carruades de Lafite, which has up to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a greater proportion of Merlot, and there are up to 30000 cases per annum

Lascaux, Chateau
www.chateau-lascaux.com

Languedoc estate between Montpellier and Nimes encompassing some of the prestigious Pic Saint Loup appellation. Wines are highly rated by Robert Parker – and JN customers

Latour, Chateau
http://www.chateau-latour.com/

Rated as a first growth under the 1855 classification, the chateau lies at the very southeastern tip of the commune of  Pauillac and only a few hundred yards from the banks of the Gironde estuary. Latour makes three principal wines, all red; in addition to its world famous "Grand Vin de Château Latour", it has produced "Les Forts de Latour" since 1996, and since 1990 a third simply labelled "Pauillac"

Leoube, Chateau
www.chateauleoube.com

Set in superbly scenic area of France's Cote d'Azur, the Chateau is under the ownership of Sir Anthony Bamford and his wife. They bought the estate in a run down state and have so far restored 75 hectares of vineyard. The winemaker Romain Ott runs the winery on organic principles.

Leoville Barton, Chateau
www.leoville-barton.com

The St Julien second growth lies between the towns of Beychevelle and St Julien. The Barton Family has been involved in the Bordeaux wine trade since 1723 when the Irishman, Hugh Barton began a trade in the region and joined with Daniel Guestierin 1725 to found the negociant firm of Barton & Guestier. Currently owned by Anthony Barton, the property comprises 47 ha of typical St Julien terroir of gravelly soils over deeper clay

Margaux, Chateau
www.chateau-margaux.com

One of four wines to achieve first growth status in the 1855 classification. Boasting a history stretching back to the 12th Century, Margaux without doubt produces some of the greatest wines of all Bordeaux, showing finesse, perfume, concentration and longevity

Montrose, Chateau
www.chateau-montrose.com

Second Growth St Estephe property. Not as old as many of its peers, having begun production as late as the beginning of the 19th century. The vineyard commands a beautiful site sloping down to the Gironde from the south eastern corner of St Estephe. Harvesting is done manually, with a sorting before fermentation in stainless steel with up to thirty days maceration thereafter. The wines go into oak, 70% new, for eighteen months for the "grand vin"

Mouton Rothschild, Chateau
www.bpdr.com

Pauillac château which achieved the distinction of elevation to premier cru classé in 1973. From 1946 on a contemporary artist has been commissioned every year to create an original work to illustrate the label. Prince Charles, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro are among the artists to have designed labels, thus adding greatly to the wines’ auction prospects

Mourgues du Grès
www.mourguesdugres.com

Costières de Nimes winery owned by the Collard family who have become the region’s most respected growers over the past 15 years. Former wine writer François is passionate about terroir, and lucky that his 65 hectare estate offers so much variety, with galets of different types in the south and limestone at the northern edge

Nerthe, Chateau la
www.chateaulanerthe.fr

Ancient Chateauneuf estate whose terroir is typical of the region. The famous galettes of the region - large, round, well-worn stones - reduce the evaporation of rainfall and also retain and reflect heat, creating a favourable mesoclimate particularly for varieties such as Mourvèdre which benefits from the additional heat. The 90 hectares of vines around the chateau are located in a single block and have an average age of 40 years, although some are much older. All thirteen of the permitted Chateauneuf varieties are planted. The fruit is harvested by hand, with careful attention to ensure each variety is picked at the appropriate time

Octavie, Domaine
www.domaineoctavie.com

Isabelle and Noë Rouballay represent the fifth generation on this family vineyard which started in 1885. The 30 hectares of vines are located in the village of Oisly. Isabelle and Noë's work within the Terra Vitis philosophy of sustainable wine production.Yields are strictly controlled and regular monitoring of the soils and the vines ensures that the grapes are picked when they are at optimum ripeness. Octavie Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a firm favourite with JN customers

Ostertag, Domaine
www.winebow.com/france/producers/ostertag1.html

"‘More and more, wine is becoming two markets’, maintains Ostertag. ‘Industrial wines made by recipes and then real wine’. He thinks that this trend isn’t just confined to wine, but is applicable to other markets. ‘Globalization has created a big mass market and then a top educated market’.
André Ostertag has been running his Domaine along biodynamic lines since 1998.. This fairly young domaine, which began life in the 1960s, has 13 hectares of vines split among 75 plots in five villages. The wines are quite simply brilliant" (thewineanorak.com)

Perret, Andre
www.isasite.net/perret/

After taking control of the family estate in 1982, André Perret purchased a number of plots of Condrieu, together with some in St Joseph, increasing the size of holdings to over 8 hectares. The Condrieu is made with as little intervention as Perret feels is possible; bâtonnage is employed and half the wine spends some time in used oak. He also produces a number of very good wines from the nearby St Joseph appellation

Regusse, Domaine de
www.domaine-de-regusse.com

Founded in 1970 , Domaine de Regusse is a young winery planted with 20 different grape varieties. Located at the foot of  Luberon mountain. Viticulture follows an environmentally friendly route using minimally invasive methods to preserve both terroir and tradition. The Domaine recently (February 2010) won 13 medals, including 8 golds at Concours Général Agricole 2010

Rion, Domaine Daniel
www.domaine-daniel-rion.com

Eighteen hectare Burgundy domaine, covering 18 eighteen different appellations in six villages of the Côte de Nuits and the Hautes-Côtes. The vines range in age of 25-65 years. The vineyards are farmed and harvested manually, usually in whole bunches. The grapes are de-stemmed with most winemaking taking place in open, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Despite its growing international reputation, Domaine Daniel Rion produces fewer than 9,000 cases in a normal vintage

Rives-Blanques
www.rives-blanques.com

Limoux estate, home to Jan and Caryl Panman, who along with their manager Eric Vialade lead a dedicated team in the tending of their 30 hectares of vines. They are assisted in the cellar by none other than Georges Pauli; he is probably best known for his role as technical director at Bordeaux's Chateau Gruaud Larose. The website includes a very witty and entertainingly written diary of a vineyard and the news items are a similarly good read. The estate's Blanquette de Limoux is the world's first and original brut sparkling wine; it was discovered by happy accident - or by divine intervention - at a Benedictine monastery in Limoux in 1531, over a century before Dom Pérignon reputedly took the recipe up to Champagne. It makes a superb, and affordable, substitute for Champagne

Roc des Anges
www.rocdesanges.com

Rousillon winemaker established in 2001 under the direction of Marjorie Gallet. The white wines are based largely on Grenache Gris and the reds on Grenache Noir, Syrah and Carignan. The earliest vines date from 1903. The vineyards are a mosaic of 43 tiny plots on the shoulder of the Forca real, the local mountain. Winemaking follows the non-interventionist path. Their Maury sweet wines are a revelation

Roederer, Louis
www.champagne-roederer.com

Louis Roederer is one of the largest remaining independent Champagne Houses, owned by the same family since it was founded in 1776. The jewel of the House is Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II. Cristal is made according to the strictest criteria, based on a rigorous process of selection applying to the vintage, the cru, the village, the grapes and finally the wines. Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the House’s 10 most celebrated crus are used in the production of this legendary cuvée.

Rossignol, Domaine Nicolas
www.nicolas-rossignol.com

Nicolas Rossignol is one of the new generation of Burgundian winemakers. His vineyards are worked traditionally, using sustainable farming practices as well as biodynamic techniques. Chemicals are avoided and only ploughing is allowed for maintenance of the soil. Grapes are harvested by hand and undergo rigorous selection. Rossignol wines show deep colour, have density and concentration and are well-structured with excellent body and tannins

Rostaing, Domaine Rene
www.domainerostaing.com

As well as enjoyin a repuatation as one of the finest winemakers in the northern Rhone, Rostaing is a legal academic and property dealer. He crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties and Condrieus on the market today. Rostaing sits in the modernist camp of Côte Rôtie producers, destemming the majority of his fruit and fermenting with vinomatics (horizontal automatic vinifiers). However, he goes easy on new oak and uses a maximum of 15% in the maturation process. All the wines are bottled unfiltered

Sainte Rose, Domaine
www.domaine-sainte-rose.com

Owned by Northern Ireland couple Charles and Ruth Simpson, who left their respective international careers to pursue their dream of establishing a boutique vineyard and winery of their own. Their first vintage was in 2002 and international acclaim has greeted successive vintages. The vines are managed in order to produce small yields of concentrated fruit, which are then vinified in individual batches

Sorbe, Domaine
www.jeanmichelsorbe.com

Quincy produce, new to James Nicholson Wine Merchant in 2009. We were royally impressed with Sorbe's beautiful Quincy which won a Gold Medal at Paris' premier wine fair, the Concours General Agricole, 2009

Tariquet, Domaine du
www.tariquet.com

Better known for their highly praised Armagnacs, the Grassa family produce delectable white wines from chardonnay, sauvignon and chenin grapes. Yves Grassa was the first in the region to dare to plant these varieties which were far from popular at the time. Worse still, he conjured up combinations of sworn enemies such as chardonnay with sauvignon, or chenin with chardonnay.
Defying his detractors, Yves Grassa took on the challenge of producing white wine and was duly rewarded for his work by being selected as Winemaker of The Year in 1987

Terres d'Avignon
www.terresdavignon.com

Recent arrival (April 2010) at JN. We have selected the cooperative's Reserve des Armoiries, its impressive Cotes du Rhone, a beautifully spicy wine with a concentrated palate of black fruit

Tour de Mirambeau, Chateau
www.tour-de-mirambeau.com

The ancient “Tour de Mirambeau” (Mirambeau’s Tower), built amongst vines that dominate the Dordogne River, gave its name to the family’s oldest wine estate. This was where Jean-Louis Despagne first built the reputation of Despagne wines and wine estates. The Grand Vin series aim at presenting wines of great precision sourced from a strict plot selection. They are the expression of their best territories and the greatest Despagne know-how

Vernay, Domaine Georges
www.georges-vernay.fr

Georges Vernay created the family business with 1.5 hectares of AOC Condrieu "Coteau du Vernon" vineyards. Towards the end of the 1940s, GeorgesVernay became one of the most ardent defenders and saviours of the Appellation, then about to disappear. Today, the business is assured by his children Luc and Christine Vernay and the estate extends over 16 hectares with 7 hectares in the appellation Condrieu. Vernay's Condrieu represents the quintessence of Condrieu's Viognier vine - golden coloured, full-bodied, unctuous and persistent

Vieille Julienne, Domaine de la
www.vieillejulienne.com

Favourite Chateauneuf producer of influential American wine commentator Robert Parker, producing quite small quantities of traditionally made, extraordinarily concentrated Chateauneuf du Papes created from old vine, biodynamically farmed sites and made from minuscule yields, hands off, no SO2 during vinification, and aged in neutral tanks or old wood

Vieux Parc, Chateau
www.chateau-vieuxparc.fr

History and tradition inform the values of Louis and Guillaume Panis, owners of the Vieux Parc estate in the heart of Corbieres. Sensitivity to the environment and investment in modern cellar technology characterise this beautiful property which is producing a fantastic range of wines

Vieux Telegraphe, Domaine du
www.vignoblesbrunier.fr

The estate derives its name from an old telegraph station, one of Claude Chappe's optical telegraph relay towers erected in 1792, part of a system of such stations spanning the whole of France which utilised a semaphore system to relay information. The vineyards date from 1898 when Hippolyte Brunier planted vines on the Plateau de la Crau.. Over the years the vineyard has expanded and, despite a downturn in the early 1900s, has become recognised as one of the top Chateauneuf producers under the stewardshiop of Daniel and Frederic Brunier

Vignelaure, Chateau
www.vignelaure.com/

Described by Robert Parker as “one of the showpiece properties not only of Provence, but of France”. Owned until recently by Irishman David O’Brien, the excellent-value Esprit de Nijinsky red (Cabernet Sauvignon) and white (unoaked Chardonnay) reflect his horse racing background while the polished elegance of the Vignelaure red shows the superb quality which the winery can attain

Germany

Donnhoff
www.doennhoff.com

Settled in the Nahe region for 200 years, the Donnhoff family have established one of the very top estates in Germany making fabulous Rieslings year after year. Helmut Donnhoff was named as Wine Personality of the Year by Robert parker's Wine Advocate in 2005. In the words of Hugh Johnson:Today Helmut Donnhoff's Rieslings show the completest expression of the great sites of the Nahe. The website is currently (May 2010) in German and content is sparse

Gunderloch
www.gunderloch.de

The estate owns vines in several top vineyards, including Rothenberg in Nackenheim, and Pettental and Hipping in Nierstein. Vineyard practices include hand cultivation, hand harvesting and low yields, and in the winery slow, temperature-controlled fermentation preserves the fruit character of the wines

Leitz
www.leitz-wein.de

The Josef Leitz vineyards include a number in Rüdesheimer. The soil types are typical for the region, dominated by slate, with a small quantity of Burgundy varieties planted alongside the Riesling. Some of the winery practices also reflect those in Burgundy, such as prolonged contact with the lees

Loosen
www.drloosen.com

Historic winery crafting stunningly intense world class wines from traditional slate/soil vineyards in the Mosel from incredibly old ungrafted Riesling vines. The charismatic owner Ernst Loosen was voted Decanter Magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 2005

Selbach
www.selbach-oster.de

Mosel estate which has been in the hands of the Selbach family since 1661. Currently at the helm is Johannes Selbach.. The family, based in Zeltingen, owns a total of 16 ha of vines, with plots in this and some neighbouring villages; they include some of Germany's finest vineyards. The vineyards are mostly slate, like most of the Mosel vineyards, although unusually there are some areas of loamy soil. Unsurprisingly they are planted entirely with Riesling, although these are ancient, ungrafted vines (unlike most of Europe, which uses vines grafted onto American rootstock which are resistant to the vine louse Phylloxera)

Von Buhl
www.reichsrat-von-buhl.de

Ancient Pfalz estate which saw a regeneration in 1989 when a consortium of Japanese investors took control allowing winemaker Frank John to utilise to the full the estate's impressive portfolio of vineyards, which are in the villages of Forst and Deidesheim. The plantings are predominantly Riesling and over the last decade quality at this estate has risen dramatically. The combination of investment, terroir and some great vintages has resulted in some highly acclaimed wines

Italy

Bonotto Delle Tezze
www.bonottodelletezze.com

This winery, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, boasts 400 years of experience. A mix of tradition, innovation and history contribute to the success of this family run business. Try their superb Pinot Grigio

Boscarelli
www.poderiboscarelli.com

Leading Montepulciano estate renowned for structured and age-worthy wines, particularly its fabulous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Braida
www.braida.it

Family run Piedmont winery fashioning wonderful wines mainly from the Barbera grape, including Montebruna, which is made in a large wooden barrel according to ancient tradition

Cantina Valpantena-Falasco
www.cantinavalpantena.it

Co-operative north of Verona comprising 270 wine growers using traditional methods backed up by constantly updated modern technology

Conti Zecca
www.contizecca.it

Based in Leverano in Puglia, an area that has been exporting wine since the 17th Century, Conti Zecca produces good value DOC Salice Salentino wines using mainly Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes for red wines. Their Cantalupi Riserva is an elegant, classic blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera

Fontanafredda
www.fontanafredda.it

Located in the heart of the Langhe in Piedmont. Fruit is primarily sourced from 70 plus hectares of vineyards which are owned by the company, the remainder coming from several hundred local growers. Their spectacular Barolo Serralunga D’Alba is a JN favourite

Mauro Sebaste
www.maurosebaste.it

Established in 1991, Mauro Sebaste manages about twenty hectares of vineyards scattered throughout the Langhe and Roero Districts. The winemaker follows ripening cycles with absolute devotion and care by cooperating with his suppliers in order produce total and uncompromising quality.

Monteci
www.monteci.it

Monteci is the old nickname dating back to the 18th century by which the Righetti family was known in the Valpolicella area. The owners have now decided to use it for their family-run winery of the same name as a mark of the deep connection they have with their roots. There are some eighty hectares under vine as things stand today, principally in the historical Valpolicella area.

Morisfarms
www.morisfarms.it

Morellino di Scansano producer whose wines exhibit vibrant and balanced fruit

Planeta
www.planeta.it/

Planeta has lead the way in planting international grape varieties in Sicily. Their wines display a plump, fruit-driven style

Renideo
www.renideo.com

Fine, fresh, good value Pinot Grigio in a convenient screwcap closure

Rocca delle Macìe
www.roccadellemacie.com

Tuscan producer set in idyllic countryside making a range of excellent, value-for-money wines based mainly on Sangiovese

Sartarelli
www.sartarelli.it

This producer from the Marches area has attracted praise from top wine commentator Robert parker: " These whites from Sartarelli were among the most thrilling, complete wines I tasted this year. The two entry level Verdicchios also happen to be the best values in Italy for whites that offer noble class and pedigree at what are very fair prices"

Umani Ronchi
www.umanironchi.it

This family owned winery, founded in the 1950s, produces a range of wines from its own vineyards in the Abruzzo and Marche regions of Italy. It offers a range of very affordable wines, with its rich, oak aged Cumaro representing the ultimate expression of the Montepulciano grape

Lebanon

Chateau Kefraya
www.chateaukefraya.com

Consistently good quality wines at a friendly price. Based in the Bekaa Valley, the winery has garnered many awards despite its location in a volatile part of the world

Chateau Musar
www.chateaumusar.com.lb

Chateau Musar is located in an 18th Century castle in Ghazir, just fifteen miles north of Beirut. Run by the Hochar family since the 1930s, the grand vin is Chateau Musar, a blend which may include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre

Massaya
www.massaya.com

Run by the second generation owners, the Ghosn brothers, who returned to their homeland after the civil war and developed their Tanaïl Estate in partnership with French experts Dominique Hébrard of Château Cheval Blanc, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, of Château Angélus, Daniel Brunier of Château Le Vieux Télégraphe. The estate is located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level in the Bekaa Valley

New Zealand

Cloudy Bay
www.cloudybay.co.nz

One of the world’s most high profile producers. Sister company of Australian Cape Mentelle and now part of Moet Hennessey. Their iconic Sauvignon Blanc is regarded by its army of fans as the most elegant example of Marlborough sauvignon. Supplies are strictly limited

Dog Point
www.dogpoint.co.nz

The name "Dog Point" dates back to the arrival of the first European settlers in the region: in the absence of fences the pioneers used dogs to protect their sheep; the dogs often got lost and, in time, formed into wild packs which, in true gamekeeper turned poacher style, attacked the sheep, their adopted territory becoming known as Dog Point. New to JN (early 2010) we expect this Marlborough producer to become another of our Kiwi success stories with its enticing, award winning Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

Forrest Estate
www.forrest.co.nz

Family run Marlborough winery producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Its Late Harvest Riesling is a must for lovers of sweet wine. Red wines also feature, with Marlborough Pinot Noir and Cornerstone, a Bordeaux blend from Hawkes Bay

Martinborough
www.martinborough-vineyard.co.nz

Situated in southern Wairarapa at the bottom of South Island, the free draining soils, hot summers and reliable long dry autumn render the area ideally suited to Burgundian style wines, especially Pinot Noir. The 2005 Pinot won Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge 2007

Mount Edward
www.mountedward.co.nz

Northern Ireland’s Alan Brady was instrumental in founding and  developing this winery in Central Otago, one of the world’s most southerly wine growing regions. The short, but dry, growing season, with warm days and cool nights make the area ideal for Pinot Noir. The first vintage was in 1998 and in just nine years it has earned a reputation for consistency and quality

Mud House
www.mudhouse.co.nz

Marlborough producer creating Sauvignon Blanc with a full-on style. Swan Reserve Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs add a touch of elegance

Portugal

Quinta de la Rosa
www.quintadelarosa.com/

Family run winery producing small quantities of high quality ports and, more recently, red and white wines using traditional grape varieties

Quinta do Mouro
http://www.catavino.net/2006/05/25/quinta-do-mouro/

At Quinta do Mouro winemaking follows a distinctly old world pattern – hand harvesting, crushing grapes under foot – but the wines are ample competitors for anything the New World can stump up, with interesting fruity, spicy concoctions based mainly on Trincadeira and Touriga Nacional grapes

Ramos Pinto
www.ramospinto.pt

Having carried out exhaustive research into which grape varieties best suited conditions in the Douro Valley, the company has acquired an influential role in modern Douro winemaking. From their splendid value Duas Quintas reds to their aged tawny ports, quality and character are the hallmarks of this prestigious winery

South Africa

A A Badenhorst
www.aabadenhorst.com

Formerly of Rustenberg Winery, Adi Badenhorst has struck out on his own, with family in tow, to set up A A Badenhorst Family Wines. The winery is a result of the family taking over an ancient winery, last used in the 1930s, in the up and coming Perdeberg area. Jancis Robinson recently raved about the wines (Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 9 Nov 2009) giving the Secateurs Chenin Blanc 17 points and the Red Blend an impressive 18 points out of 20

Barista
www.baristawine.co.za

At last a Pinotage we are proud to offer to customers. The grape has had a chequered history with too many forgettable examples littering the market. However, these producers have got it right. Produced at the historic Val de Vie estate in Paarl under the direction of Bertus Fourie, former senior winemaker at KWM, this "coffee" Pinotage is crafted with immense care and dedication. Several parcels of grapes are vinified using different techniques before the best are blended to give the distinctive coffee aromas that distinguish the Barista wine

Boekenhoutskloof
www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za

Immaculately restored farm and homestead in Franshhoek making award winning wines. The Chocolate Block, a luxurious blend dominated by Syrah is becoming one of JN’s most sought-after wines

Rustenberg
www.rustenberg.co.za

Established in the late 17th Century, Rustenberg is a beautiful estate to visit, with a substantial 160 hectares of vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg and Heldeberg mountains in Cape province. There are two quite distinct labels, with Brampton indicating more commercial wines and Rustenberg reserved for the Estate wines. The Peter Barlow Cabernet and the Five Soldiers Chardonnay are among the very best of their type

Stormy Cape
http://www.enotria.co.uk/producer-stormy%20cape.aspx

The range has been designed to represent the level of quality and consistency that only comes through careful control of grape supply and the winemaking process reflecting the modern, forward style of the wines

 

Spain

Artadi
www.artadi.com

Under the ebullient stewardship of Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, Artadi has become one of the most sought-after estates in Rioja, and the wines are fêted throughout the world. All are sold on allocation. Artadi also has holdings in Alicante and Navarra

Bodegas Luzon
www.bodegasluzon.com

Founded in 1916 by a group of winemaking families, the winery was rebuilt and modernised in the late 1990s when a new young team brought in their expertise and new ideas. The high-altitude Jumilla area gets 3000 hours of sunshine a year, little rain, and has low temperatures in winter.  Rich, rounded and well-structured wines based mainly on Monastrell (Mourvèdre) are Luzon’s trademark Luzon Organic is JN’s most popular organic wine

Castro Martin
www.castromartin.com

Family run bodega sourcing its Alabiño grapes from 50-year-old vines in the Valle del Salnés - the coolest region in the Rias Baixas DO in north west Spain

Finca Antigua and Candidato (Martinez Bujanda)
www.familiamartinezbujanda.com

Innovative family winemakers, making wine since 1889. Their La Mancha project (Finca Antigua) was inaugurated in 2003, producing high quality, but affordable, wines from international and indigenous grape varieties. Under their Cosecheros y Criadores label they produce excellent value reds and whites based on Tempranillo and Viura respectively.

Hidalgo, Bodegas
http://www.lagitana.es/html/index1.htm

Long-established bodega in Sanlúcar, with its origins in the 18th Century. The vineyards are situated on the albariza soil which is favoured locally for the culture of grapes for the lighter styles of sherry, such as Fino and Manzanilla. Manzanilla La Gitana is one of JN’s most popular sherries

Marques de Murrieta
www.marquesdemurrieta.com

Founded in 1822, Murrieta is unquestionably one of the leading bodegas in Rioja with 300 hectares of vines. Best known as a traditional Rioja bodega, they haveadded a super-cuvée Rioja in a more international style, the Dalmau, which spends less time in oak

Medievo, Bodegas del
www.bodegasdelmedievo.com

Bodegas del Medievo is an exciting new Rioja winery situated in Aldeanueva de Ebro in the Rioja Baja in the southeast of the region where the climate is warmer and more Mediterranean than the Alta and Alavesa. They produce young red, white and rosé, Crianza and Reserva wines. The Crianza was selected from over 700 wines and included amongst Spain’s best 100 wines at the Off Licence News Tasting in November 2007

Monfil, Bodegas y Venedos
www.monfil.com

Based in Carinena, the winery was established in 1943 and has been run by three generations of the Mateo family. The family owns its own vineyards which produce Garnacha, Mazuela, Macabeo, Cabernet and Tempranillo. Their entry-level wines made from Garnacha (red) and Macabeo (white) represent suberb value for money

Pazo de Señorans
www.pazodesenorans.com

Pazo de Señorans is owned by Marisol Bueno, one of the pioneers of this young appellation. She was instrumental in the creation of the DO in 1988. Quality thresholds were introduced and the region began to receive wide worldwide recognition. Today, the property is one of the few remaining family owned estates and remains quite small in order to maintain a rigorous level of quality

Pesquera (Alejandro Fernandez)
www.pesqueraafernandez.com

Comprising the iconic Pesquera and Condado de Haza from Ribera del Duero, Dehesa la Granja from Zamora and El Vinculo from La Mancha. All Alejandro Fernandez’s wines are made from his beloved Tempranillo grape. All the wines are supplied on a strict allocation basis and the high quality, top end wines like Pesquera Janus are as rare as hen’s teeth

Roda
www.roda.es

The leading exponent of 'modern' style Rioja, Roda relies on rich, velvety and beautifully balanced fruit with much less vanilla oak behind, a style which challenges traditional, long-lived, oaky Riojas. Roda use only the best low-yield grapes in the region in their ultra modern winery

Valdemar, Bodegas
www.valdemar.es

Modern winemaking within a family tradition of viticulture dating back to the 19th Century with wines made excluively form fruit grown on their own estate characterise this ultra-modern Rioja facility presided over by Jesús Martínez Bujanda together with his son, also called Jesús Martínez Bujanda. Valdemar Reserva is one of JN's best selling Spanish offerings

Valtravieso
www.valtravieso.com

Ribera del Duero winery making contemporary, fruit forward style of wine. English version of website under construction

USA

Cline
www.clinecellars.com

Based near Oakley, California, Cline are known for their Rhône-style wines and intense, flavourful Zinfandels. The winery has adopted environmentally friendly operations, employing such practices as organic cover crops, compost teas, crushed volcanic rock and oyster shell, natural mined sulfur and sheep grazing

Dominus
www.dominusestate.com

Produced in the heart of Napa Valley by Christian Moueix, of Château Petrus fame, and his team. Dominus is an elegant Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Napanook is also a blend of the Bordeaux varietals coming from vineyard lots chosen for their finesse, lively fruit and subtle tannins. It is made to be enjoyed young and consumed with food

Ridge
www.ridgewine.com


The Monte Bello is the wine that introduced Ridge to the world, and the world to Ridge. The “Judgement of Paris” in 1976 set the best of North America against the best of France with Ridge Monte Bello victorious. The re-run in 2006 produced the same result. With a history stretching back to 1885, Ridge adopts a natural rather than technological approach to winemaking.  As Ridge maintain “As with raising a child, there are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.” Compared with other superstar Californians, Ridge wines are reasonably priced

Rochioli
www.rochioliwinery.com

One of Sonoma’s finest, making silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs, rich, opulent Chardonnays and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs

Saintsbury
www.saintsbury.co

Saintsbury is at the forefront of the Pinot Noir revolution in California and the constant evolution in Carneros winemaking. Recently the winery has adopted solar power to generate a large proportion of their energy needs. Similar nature-friendly practices apply in the vineyards with gentleness and restraint being critical to making Saintsbury’s high calibre Pinot Noir that maintains the mark of the vineyard, rather than simply the mark of the producer

Shafer
www.shafervineyards.com


From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the Stag’s Leap winery, under the stewardship of the redoubtable Doug Shafer, has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets  Wine information and advice Tom Cannavan's Wine Pages www.wine-pages.com Online wine magazine with tasting notes, regional guides and producer profiles. The site is free and covers topical information as well as offering competitions, quizzes and a users' forum

Decanter
www.decanter.com

Web version of britain's oldest and most venerable consumer wine magazine numbering the likes of Michael Broadbent, Andrew Jefford, Steven Spurrier and Hugh Johnston among its hefty list of contributors. Excellent site for breaking news stories and current issues in the wine world

Drinking Outside the Box (Simon Woods)
www.simonwoods.com

Drinking Outside The Box is the blog of renowned wine writer Simon Woods. Since abandoning a career in computer systems design in 1988 to indulge his two hobbies, wine and writing, Simon has been co-coordinator of the annual International Wine Challenge, a columnist for The Financial Times ‘The Business’ magazine, editor of the award-winning annual Which? Wine Guide and a contributor to numerous magazines. Simon's blog is eminently readable and includes recent gems such as "The Ten Signs that you might be turning into a wine bore". He also runs a "dating service" where he attempts to introduce wine drinkers to new and interesting vinous experiences

Mary Dowey
www.marydowey.com

One of Ireland's leading wine writers, Mary's background in food and travel journalism give her a broad perspective on the world of wine. In all her writing, she never loses sight of the consumer and always champions quality at a reasonable price. Mary has a home in Dublin and a pied-a-terre in Provence. She has written two wine books, another covering food and wine and one travel book. She has recently started an informative and very well written blog

Robert Parker
www.erobertparker.com

Parker is recognised as the single most influential writer in the wine industry, He publishes his own journal the Wine Advocate. This publication appears six times a year and provides reviews and information on wines from all over the world. Online version is subscription based

Jancis Robinson
www.jancisrobinson.com

Master of Wine, world-renowned wine authority, editor of Oxford Companion to Wine, Jancis delivers tasting notes, wine news, intelligent and courteous members' forum, and fine wine writing. More detailed “Purple Pages” are subscription-only, otherwise free

Winedoctor
www.thewinedoctor.com

Informative site run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur Dr Chris Kissack, who doubles as a paediatrician. Helpful regional wine guides and producer profiles, all written in easily understood and jargon-free language

The Wine Anorak
www.wineanorak.com

Intended for beginners as well as more experienced wine enthusiasts. Contains a useful section for those new to the world of wine and also features a fascinating examination of current hot issues entitled Controversies, where provocative ideas are given free rein, for example Wine writers: lying to your readers

Winecourse.ie
www.winecourse.ie

Established by Tom Quinn, Winecourse.ie provides wine training and education for all levels. Tom has worked in various capacities in the wine trade and has had practical experience of winemaking in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and France. He has written about wine for various local and national media in Ireland

The Wine Gang
www.thewinegang.com

Established in 2008 The Wine Gang is a subscription based website compiled by a group of five leading wine critics: Olly Smith of BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com, Anthony Rose of the Independent, Joanna Simon of the Sunday Times and Tim Atkin MW of the Observer. The Wine Gang does not accept advertising and claims to be 100% independent. They do not taste wines 'blind'. That means they know how much the wines they are tasting cost, what standard to expect, and what their true value is, thus allowing them to judge their quality and value for money

Wine Directory

www.winedirectory.org

One of the largest resources on the net about wine and wineries. 

Wine Merchant Directory

www.winemerchantdirectory.com

On this website you will find listings of Wine Merchants and Wine Sellers based in the UK.The aim of this site is to give exposure to independant wine retailers who care about providing quality wines to the public and not the poor quality fare peddled by some of the major retailers.