Pandora - SpainThis extremely modern and innovative bodega from Rueda excels at combining old classic wine processes with the latest technological innovations in the wine field. They have different fermentation vats, in stainless steel, wood and cement. There is also an extensive variation in size and shape. This makes it possible to monitor and improve the quality at every moment of the production process and to achieve a separate and optimal vinification for each variety and vineyard. They even have an ampelographic vineyard with up to 20 different grape varieties from all over the world that allows them to experiment and innovate. In addition, they have a variety of vineyards and terroirs that are among the best in Rueda. The wines are aged on their lees to increase quality and storage power. By using egg-shaped cement yeast vats, the micro-oxygen uptake is increased, which in turn makes the wines more lively and interesting. In other words Bodegas Pandora represents, just like in Greek mythology, all the acquired virtues of the gods such as beauty, strength, knowledge, dexterity, persuasiveness… And last of all, curiosity. If you want to enjoy yourself, don't let this Pandora box pass you by.
Florie - FranceFlorie is a brand from the winery 'Les Vignerons du Roy René' which is founded in 1922, was named after one of the most beloved kings of France. King René lived close to the common people and was known as a generous and good man who like to share his time with the average man, participated in parties and tournaments and thus when one of the few kings conquered a place in the heart of the Provencal people. The cave uses the strictest standards of the region and all vineyards must obtain a certificate from the Chamber of Agriculture that guarantees respectful and environmentally friendly viticulture (culture raisonnée). For example, they often apply stricter standards than many individual winegrowers, and several of their wines are voted the best in the region year after year. The vineyards are also subdivided according to location, soil and quality and thus guarantee that a maximum level per wine can also be achieved in the bottle and that each bottle can be traced up to the vineyard. They also link a more than fair price to their different wines which absolutely cannot be said of some so-called "big" names in Provence and some film stars settled there.
Lamborghini - ItalyIn the 1960s, Ferruccio Lamborghini, later better known as a world-famous car manufacturer, purchased the beautiful domain, which is situated south of Lake Trasimeno. As he traveled through the region, he fell in love with the beautiful hilly landscape and after his career as a tractor builder and wagon constructor, he decided to return to his roots and devote himself fully to viticulture as the son of farmers. The vineyards are in Umbria but only a few km from Cortona, the most southern appellation of Tuscany. In the 1990s, daughter, Patrizia took over the domain and further strengthened her father's ambition by modernising and enlisting the help of one of Italy's most talented and renowned winemakers, Riccardo Cotarella, nicknamed "The Wizard". He makes top wines from local grapes such as Sangiovese and Montepulciano like no other and mixes them with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. International wine critics such as James Suckling and Robert Parker love it anyway and give these blends absolute top scores in their wine ratings. Another small and fun anecdote that Ferruccio Lamborghini completely draws: When Ferruccio, being a farmer and specialised in building tractors and other agricultural vehicles, but full of admiration for beautiful sports cars like Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari himself pointed out that the bodywork of his cars was not calculated on the power of his engines, Enzo Ferrari replied that he might have known how to drive a tractor but missed any knowledge of sports cars! ... The rest is history.
Antoine de la Farge - FranceAntoine's grandfather, Gerard Clément, was one of the most respected winemakers in the region and one of the founders of the 'Menetou-Salon' appellation. He is still present on the domain and for Antoine he was and still is his great inspiration and example. He started his career in a wine shop and later became a wine buyer for one of France's largest wine merchants. Here he was given the opportunity to expand his knowledge enormously and gain international experience (ex. in Australia). After 12 years of experience, he returned to the domain in 2012 to put all that experience into practice. As a winemaker, Antoine feels like a conductor who transforms the soil into music. Every wine must be a natural reflection of its soil and requires sustainable agriculture to achieve this. The winegrower is the cement between the grape variety and the final wine. He does not want to manipulate the wine, but only to accompany it gently. That is why all grapes are picked by hand, only gravity is used and no yeasts are added to get the fermentation going. His wines therefore constantly win prizes.
Brennfleck - GermanyAdditional wines in assortment: 2015 Brennfleck Sonnenberg Silvaner Beerenauslese & 2019 Brennfleck Sulzfelder Cyriakusberg Sauvignon Blanc
Franken is a region of peace, culture and relaxation. Taking things just a bit slower. The heart of the wine region is located in the triangle around Wûrzburg. You can also find the traditional 'German' grapes here, but it is especially "Sylvaner" that is king of the region here! With a lot of effort and passion, Suzanne and Hugo Brennfleck make several wonderful wines that were internationally awarded on several occasions. On a terroir like this quality is the only option. They therefore work with the greatest respect for nature and with an experience in wine that has been for over 400 years. Here, wine is a way of life, as they stated: "We want you to taste our love for wine! Wine is so much of our life in history: Historical, cultural, architectural, traditional, social,... Wine is very diverse and that distinguishes itself from many other beverages. With a sip of wine you will discover the region, the landscape, the vintage and the signature of the wine maker. His variety inspires and opens up unprecedented possibilities! " It says a lot about the dedication of the Brennfleck family and their wines. Here, you will find the best "Sylvaners" in the world.Find Wines Discover the winery
Sendero Royal - SpainAdditional wine in assortment: 2018 Sendero Royal Tinto Joven Garnacha
Sendero Royal is located in Aldeanueva de Ebro, a small village in Rioja Baja. Convinced of the exceptional quality of the domain and its vineyards, Gonzalo Ruiz Pastor decided to take over production and no longer sell his grapes to other winegrowers or bodegas. A modern cellar and winery were built and a tasty and contemporary range of wines was created with the help of neighbor and oenologist Rodriguez. They fully meet contemporary needs and quality standards. No old-fashioned wines that have been overkilled by wood, but beautifully substantiated and balanced wines that, without renouncing the individuality and typicality of Rioja, also hold their own internationally. Its vineyards are also slightly higher in altitude than average in Rioja Baja and are among the best in the region.Find Wines Discover the winery
Cornaro - ItalyAdditional wine in assortment: Cornaro Extra dry Spumante Caterina
In the heart of the province of Treviso, at the foot of the hills of Asolo and Montello, in the area of Prosecco, Cantina Montelliana established a cooperative of growers. They use traditional methods and modern equipment, and produce the highest available technologies and with the utmost care. They are also using more traditional methods, which are reliable, and experiences that are closely connected with the history and culture of this area. With an attentive look at the past and through the use of the best winemaking technologies that the market offers Cantina Montelliana processes carefully and supervises the land and the vines with a respectful approach, so excellent wine is obtained. The wine is produced with selected grapes that are chosen because of their high quality. The grapes in the vineyards of this particular country grow between the hills and the plains, which have unique and unrivalled organoleptic characteristics, thanks to the favourable balance between the climate and the soil in this area. The vineyards of Cantina Montelliana are located on the hills of Montello and Asolo on either side of the river Piave: more than 600 hectares of vineyards, characterized by particular soil and climate, ideal for growing high quality grapes.Find Wines Discover the winery
Clos Romane - FranceAdditional wine in assortment: 2019 Clos Romane Côtes du Rhône Rosé
It is in the heart of the Provence Region, where Nadine and Stephane modestly decided to start making their own wine. Their first vintage was a fact in 2011. Only a few years later, their vineyard now covers an area of 30 hectares, overviewing the great plain of the Rhone Valley.Find Wines Discover the winery
Claroscuro Uco Valley - ArgentinaAdditional wines in assortment: 2018 Claroscuro Uco Valley - Bodega de Arte - Tintas-de-Uco Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Claroscuro is a tendency in the art world wanting to emphasize the extremes of colors and light impressions. In both photography and painting, dark effects are represented even darker than these actually are and lighter effects are even lighter. Thus the midtones disappear and the extremes are amplified. The story of Claroscuro starts in 2012 when Gustavo and Paula Cucchiara passed here and immediately fell in love with the beautiful Finca San Francisco with its equally beautiful views and majestic surroundings. At over 1100m height and with the impressive Andes as background, Uco Valley is a unique location for growing grapes. Since they keep art as important value and consider wine making as such, they want to promote art through their wines and have their wines tasted through art. Each bottle receives a personal work of art from Argentinian artists and is thus a representative with a unique identity. The vineyard is subdivided into different terroirs which make it possible to create different characters with different grapes Each bottle has a painting with similar characteristics and make more than just a nice bottle of wine from each cuvée.Find Wines Discover the winery