Edinburgh exhibitor list
AdVini is one of the world’s premier wine companies, owning such well-known names as Ogier of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Laroche of Chablis and Maison Champy of Burgundy. They have also become major players in South Africa with leading estates including Le Bonheur and L’Avenir – just a few of the prestigious, terroir-driven names in their first class portfolio. At the Festival you’ll get to know this extraordinary collection of fine wines.
l’Art du Vin is a Scottish-based wine importer that is passionate about wines made by artisan producers that express their terroir. Though wines are sourced from all corners of the globe, the focus is on integrity and uniqueness. That includes a wide range of biodynamic and organic wines, and even their very own range of Fairtrade wines. l’Art du Vin does the legwork: all you have to do is open the bottle, pour a glass and enjoy!
Averys began in 1793 and over the years has built its reputation as one of the UK’s most pioneering wine merchants. Today, it is 5th generation Mimi Avery introducing a new generation of wine lovers to Averys. At the heart of what we do is sharing our passion for wine. We love discovering wines with a story to tell – whether for everyday drinking or fine wines for the cellar. For ‘real’ wines, full of character and flavour, please visit our table!
Barwell & Jones was established in 1758, a wine agency with over 250 years of history. We represent wines from premium, family-owned producers from around the world that offer character, provenance and value. Our customers and wineries are at the heart of everything we do. Discover our wines from both famous, classic European producers, and from the cutting edge of global wine, from Brazil to New Zealand.
Black Dog Wine Agency is owned by Katie and Dave, who have “spent more years retailing in the wine trade than either of us cares to, or can, remember.” New Zealand is their sole focus, following a life-long love of the land of the long white cloud. What you’ll get is great service from a couple who really know New Zealand’s wines, country and people. P.S. The Black Dog is Amber, a lady with a nose for trouble and fine wines.
Bonfils Vins & Château 1870 is a family wine company spanning six generations, one of the largest in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France owning 20 domaines and châteaux covering the most famous appellations such as La Clape, Corbières, and Minervois. With over 1800 hectares of vines, Bonfils are a family of vine growers profoundly attached to the land, and committed to obtaining the best from their terroirs.
Caballo Loco is the original ‘icon wine’ from Chile, a top secret blend that took the fine wine world by storm, and whose name translates into English as ‘crazy horse’. Made by benchmark producer Valdivieso, Caballo Loco is now on its 15th release, but is now part of a premium range of Caballo Loco wines that includes the Grand Cru Apalta, Grand Cru Maipo and Grand Cru Sagrada Familia. Taste them all at the London Festival.
Château de Mediterranean is a Scottish-based business importing and supplying a range of Lebanese produce, including award winning Lebanese wines. Lebanon’s wine production dates back to biblical times, its huge, green, high altitude plateau bordered by mountains is perfect for high quality viticulture. Hear the stories and taste these stunning wines from some of Lebanon’s top family estates.
Cru Privé is a wine importer and distributor based in the UK, specializing in Italian fine wines. Their mission is to source fine wines that are currently unavailable, or rare in the UK, and offer them to a wider market. Quality, value and a personal touch in delivering service are their stated goals. Cru Privé was founded by Elena Gargani, an Italian Certified Sommelier, who will be delighted to introduce her portfolio to you at the Festival.
de Burgh Wine Merchants is an independent merchant supplying many of Scotland’s best hotels and restaurants. We also welcome private customers to try our eclectic portfolio which offers a selection of wines that represents value and shares a sense of individuality, personality & soul. Our business is based in Edinburgh, so we delighted to attend the city’s own Festival of Wine! Meet winemaker Andy Cook of Consolation Wines on our stand.
Domaine of the Bee is a highly personal project owned by a small group headed up by Justin Howard-Sneyd and his wife. Justin is a Master of Wine and former head of Waitrose wine buying, now they farm a beautiful small estate in the Roussillon, with ancient unirrigated vineyards, making wines that Andrew Jefford describes as “wild, thunderous and unreasonable.” Sound interesting? Pop along and taste for yourself!
EVOINOS is an association of top wine producers from Cyprus. It’s so exciting to have these wines from an Eastern Mediterranean wine island that combines ancient influences with modern thinking. Some of Europe’s highest vineyards produce wines of outstanding quality (including a Platinum award from Decanter this year), so discover Xynisteri, Maratheftiko, and the amazing quality of the island’s Syrah, Chardonnay and more.
Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey is an award-winning producer of sparkling and still wines, their vineyards planted in 1989 and wines made in their state-of-the-art winery. Growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on the chalk soils of the South Downs, they are a boutique producer of 100,000 bottles annually. They also produce a small range of quality still wines, so pop along and meet the friendly Greyfriars team at the Festival.
Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfillment of a long held dream. Kevin was the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, a pivotal role, directing the company’s first 25 vintages. In 2009 he established Greywacke, named after a New Zealand’s rock, and his wines have been quickly recognised as some of the very best in New Zealand, with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc at the heart of the portfolio.
Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh has an unsurpassable selection of hundreds of critically acclaimed quality wines from around the world, making its Wine Shop your one-stop destination for a transcendent tipple. Discover an inimitable selection ranging from a serious Own Label range through to some of Bordeaux’s most esteemed Cru Classé wines. If you are looking for a serious wine, Harvey Nichols is a great place to start.
Henderson Wines is one of Edinburgh’s favourite suppliers of wines, whiskies, gins and beers in the city. They have hundreds of product lines available and offer a range of services including free local delivery, sale or return, glass loan and a party planning service. Whatever you are looking for, the knowledgeable and friendly staff are happy to help, so visit them today at the Festival, and of course their store on Comiston Road!
Ken Forrester Wines represents the pinnacle of Chenin Blanc production, but more besides. And we’re thrilled than Ken himself will join us. His wines have received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades, the picture perfect vineyards beneath the Helderberg Mountains are testimony to the quest for perfection and attention to detail that makes these truly benchmark wines.
LIDL have taken British shoppers by storm over the past few years with the strength of their offering, but perhaps the biggest surprise has been the quality of their wine range and recent moves upmarket with regular ‘Foire aux Vins’-style special French selections introduced to stores for limited periods, including not just Cru Bordeaux and Burgundy, but Savoie, Jura and many more estoteric offerings.
McHenry Hohnen Vintners is a Western Australian venture between pioneer Margaret River winemaker David Hohnen and vine grower, Murray McHenry. The intention is to shape wines of place with verve and vitality. This is done by embracing a “hands-off” winemaking philosophy, and a holistic farming philosophy, where the soil and its organisms, along with plants, insects and animals, co-exist in a thriving equilibrium.
Nyetimber has held a single aim for over 25 years: to make sparkling wine to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Made from 100% estate-grown grapes, it is regarded as England’s finest sparkling wine. Owner Eric Heerema and winemaker Cherie Spriggs are committed to exceptional quality.
Oddbins is the best known wine name on the High Street, with three stores in Edinburgh, four in Glasgow, and of course their online store too. Established in 1963, Oddbins continues to innovate and is very much a power to be reckoned with, winnning High Street Chain of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in 2015 for example. Visit their stand to discover why Oddbins is still a Mecca for the adventurous wine lover.
Piper-Heidsieck was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck, his mission to create “a wine that smiles.” It’s first ‘celebrity ambassador’ was none other than Marie Antoinette, but Piper-Heidsieck’s story is of an uncompromising approach to quality. Legendary Cellarmaster Régis Camus built a formidable stock of reserve wines, with non-vintage cuvées composed of 10 harvests or more. Taste the range on the Piper-Heidsieck stand.
Pomalo is a new name (with a web site coming soon), a business based in Scotland but with a Croatian heritage. Now Pomalo is bringing the best of Croatian wine – and food – to the UK, and is represented at the Festival by some of the country’s top wine estates, from the beautiful Dalmation coast and islands, to the hot interior. Come along to the Pomalo table to discover why the wines of Croatia are well worth discovering.
Raeburn Fine Wines has become a place of pilgrimage for Scotland’s – and the UK’s – wine lovers. In their small Edinburgh shop you will find the greatest names of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Piedmont, in present and past vintages, but also a hugely diverse portfolio of wines all chosen with one thing in common: that they display a definite sense of identity. Raeburn is the epitome of a great independent wine merchant.
Richmond Wine Agencies is a division of Ellis of Richmond, founded in 1822 and today still sourcing exclusive quality wines from around the world. Long standing relationships with some of the world’s best wine estates are built on loyalty, integrity and respect, but the dedicated buying team is always on the look out for new and innovative wines, so you will have plenty to discover when you visit their stand.
Rude Wines takes a refreshingly different approach, bringing quality, value and confidence direct to your door. They source a range of outstanding wines, many of which are exclusive to them, and offer a full money back guarantee if you are unhappy with any purchase. And the Rude Wines name? “Don’t keep a stiff upper lip when offered mediocre wines: stay polite and you’ll be drinking rubbish for the rest of your life!”
Southern Wine Roads showcases the vineyards of Greece with the largest selection of fine Greek wines and spirits in the UK. Theirs is a story of passion and conviction, of exploring and discovering wines from established wineries and the numerous new artisan houses and labels of recent years. There’s a focus on the vast heritage of native grape varieties, minimum intervention vine growing and natural winemaking.
Villa Sandi produces top quality premium Prosecco as well as traditional method sparkling wines, still wines and grappas, at their stunning estate just north of Venice. The Villa itself is a Palladian style masterpiece dating from 1622, surrounded by vineyards, and the wines represent the pinnacle of Prosecco production – the Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta cuvée scooping Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso for seven years in a row.
When in Rome will make you forget everything you know (or think you know) about box wine. Their great-tasting wine is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Made by small, independent producers – this is craft wine at its finest, sold in five-litre boxes or refillable bottles – for a far better price than you’d normally pay. The wines are selected by wine experts Andrea and Lorenzo, who own two wine stores in Milan. Enjoy the dolce vita!
WineLine is a specialist importer of the diverse and superb quality wines of Portugal. A fascinating country full of interesting, deep, full bodied red wines and sophisticated, well-crafted whites, Portugal offers a whole new world of wines and flavours. These are modern wines, yet wines that stay true to their home-grown grape varieties and blending skills. Taste for yourself at the Edinburgh Festival of Wine on the Wineline stand.
WineOwners is a valued sponsor of the Festivals of Wine, and they will greet you on their stand to tell you all about their unique service – and give you the chance to win a bottle of Champagne in a fun blind-tasting competition. For everyone who loves and collects fine wine, WineOwners provides an online platform to manage your collection, track your wines and their value, and buy and sell to fellow wine lovers in their trading exchange.
The Wine Society was established as a ‘co-operative company’ to buy quality wines and sell them to members. We continue to be owned by our members, providing the highest possible quality at the best possible prices. Our buyers travel thousands of miles each year, our non-profit-maximising model meaning their brief is to buy only wines which they are enthusiastic about, from producers who share our passion.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the world’s foremost wine education and qualification authority, delivering wine courses to both enthusiasts and the world’s wine professionals, their qualifications globally recognised as the international standard. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, improving knowledge of wine and spirits is what they do, so pop along to discover the local course opportunities.