ARGENTO

The real Argentina means fruitiness

Thanks to world-class fruit from the Mendoza region and winemaker Silvia Corti’s dedication to emphasising fruit purity, Argento is a favourite with UK wine drinkers. After unlocking Malbec’s potential with intense fruit flavours, they now apply the same philosophy to Chardonnay, Bonarda, Torrontes and Pinot Grigio.

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BISOL

Family masters of Prosecco

A glass of fresh, chilled Prosecco makes for the perfect aperitif. The Bisol family have poured centuries of dedication into it and all their fruit originates from their own land in beautiful Valdobbiandene. From the humble Jeio up to their flagship Superiore Cartizze, their wines are superb.

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BODEGAS CASTRO MARTIN

Brits blazing a trail for Albariño

A one-grape winery in Rias Baixas on Spain’s Galician coast, Castro Martin has led the way in the Albariño grape’s recent revival. Angela Martin, one half of the husband and wife team, was one of the first winemakers to recognise the benefits of cool, temperature-controlled fermentations to protect Albariño’s delicate, aromatic fruit.

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CHATEAU L’HOSPITALET

Top Southern French estate from La Clape

Playing rugby for the French national team isn’t the usual career path for winemakers, but Gerard Bertrand has made a serious play of it. Chateau L’Hospitalet in the Languedoc is his jewel in the crown. It’s a 52ha, carbon-neutral estate and the range extends from classic varietal wines to top-class material rich with character.

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DE CASTELLANE

Great-value Champagne from a historic Epernay house

lthough fully integrated into the Laurent Perrier family, De Castellane retains its century-old iconic image. The impressive ‘Belle Epoque’ headquarters of Champagne de Castellane produce a subtle blend of Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, fresh and light wines full of flavours that appeal to every sense.

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DELICATO

Excellent, pocket-friendly Californian wines

Delicato’s family owned vineyard in Monterey covers some 2,023ha, making it (we think!) the largest vineyard in the world. The equivalent of 5,000 football pitches, it includes Pinot Noir and Riesling. Delicato’s portfolio of premium wines includes Delicato, Clay Station and Gnarly Head.

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DINASTIA VIVANCO

A true Rioja legend

The Vivanco family have been pioneers in Rioja since 1915. As a teenager, the ever-energetic Pedro Vivanco used to deliver his families wines by bicycle! Dinastia Vivanco is now one of Rioja’s leading producers, their intimate knowledge of their sites enabling them to create modern styled Riojas packed full of rustic charm and bright, juicy fruit flavours.

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DOMAINE D’ASTROS

Pale Provence Rosés from a historic estate

They’ve been making superb rosé for over 200 years under two labels: Chateau d’Astros and Domaine d’Astros, and current chief Bernard Maurel is the seventh generation of his family living at the Chateau. He makes typically Provençal wines: pale and refreshing with cool, subtle red fruit flavours.

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DOMAINE JEAN DEFAIX

A-List Chablis Domaine run by Daniel Dampt

Daniel Dampt is one of Burgundy’s most celebrated winemakers, producing clean, ultra-pure wines with bright steely acidity and not so much as a hint of oak. Daniel’s sons Vincent and Sebastien have now joined their father, bringing new ideas from their training in New Zealand in Australia to Maison Dampt.

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JOURNEY’S END

At the heart of Stellenbosch

Founded in 1996, Journey’s End has quickly become one of Stellenbosch’s top addresses. Their minimum intervention approach means winemaker Leon Esterhuizen handles the grapes as little as possible and uses pre-fermentation soaks to maximise fruit character. We can attest that the fruit always shines through in the glass.

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LAURENZ V

Grüner Veltliner at its very best

Lenz Moser dreamt of bringing his beloved ‘GV’ to a wider audience, and everyone who’s tasted it can vouch for its Cinderella-like transformation. Grüner Veltliner is a native Austrian grape variety with a pure, crisp character. Given these wines’ remarkable ability to pair with every food from seafood to spice, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t go to the ball.

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SPY VALLEY

One of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries

Located next to a US government listening post, winemaker Paul Bourgeois’s high-tech winery wouldn’t look out of place in a James Bond adventure, with full temperature controls in every room. Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are specialties but they also make excellent aromatic whites including Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.

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VALDIVIESO

Benchmark Chilean wines from a top winemaker

Much of Valdivieso’s recent success has been down to laidback New Zealander Brett Jackson. The range encapsulates everything Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures – and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years.

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VEUVE CLICQUOT

The Grand Dame of Champagne

Veuve Clicquot really took off when Barbe Nicole Ponsardin took over. A woman of vision, in 1816 ‘Madame Clicquot’ invented the riddling table to obtain clarified Champagnes of unrivalled quality. Today, the brand continues to embody her values: audacity blended with expertise.

 

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