Edinburgh exhibitor list
Black Book is an English Wine company with a difference: not only do they concentrate on still wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but their winery is as urban as it gets, located in a railway arch in Battersea. But make no mistake, this is a model now common from California to South Africa, with fruit sourced from prime vineyards within an hour of the city, made with wild yeast, low sulphur and leaning towards ‘natural’ techniques.
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.
Borders Wine represents small producers making great wines, and has developed into something of a Greek wine specialist, with a terrific portfolio of new wave Greek producers. From their base in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders they deliver nationally, a family firm, passionate about wine who say “We sell fine and everyday wines for every pocketbook, working with our partners to find small, artisan producers.”
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.
Croatian Fine Wines was established in 2011, with the aim of bringing exciting and new wines from Croatia to the UK market. We continue to build relationships with quality producers, who have a passion for their wines, and for the environment. As interest in Croatia and the surrounding countries has continued to grow, so has our portfolio. We now have wines made in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia on our ever-expanding list.
C.V.N.E, or the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, is arguably the most important name in Rioja, not only with Cune brand, but also Rioja Imperial, Viña Real and Contino, between them responsible for some of the most highly-rated Rioja wines in history. Celebrating their 140th anniversary this year, C.V.N.E. was founded by two brothers and is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family.
The Doctor’s is the brand launched by the innovative John Forrest of Forrest wines in Marlborough, New Zealand. John and his wife are both doctor’s and have created a range of sustainably grown, naturally produced lower alcohol wines – ‘The Doctor’s’. There are no chemistry tricks or genetic engineering, just full-flavoured wines at around 9.5% alcohol, acheived by changes to farming practices. Taste for yourself at the Festival.
Eat Spain; Drink Spain is an initiative of Foods and Wines from Spain, sponsored by the Spanish Embassy here in the UK. The aim of the campaign is to bring these two great assets of Spain together – our diverse and exciting wine offerings and our provenance-led authentic foods. We want food and wine lovers to explore for themselves the sheer wealth of vinous and culinary opportunities that Spain offers.
Fine Wine Partners is a must-visit stand for lovers of premium Australian wines. Comprising six iconic Australian brands: Petaluma, Croser, St Hallett, Knappstein, Stonier and Tatachilla, the six estates in the Fine Wine Partners portfolio represent a diverse range of wines styles from bone-dry Rieslings to full-blooded red blends, demonstrating the quality to be found across Australia’s terroirs.
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.
Go Brazil has specialised in importing and distributing the wines of Brazil since 2010 and is the only UK company to do so. Their portfolio showcases modern Brazilian wine-making, with a wide range of wine styles, producers and regions represented. Learn about Brazil’s 150-year history of wine-making, the heritage traced back to its many Italian immigrants. The modern wine industry still retains a distinctly Italian feel.
Champagne Gosset is the oldest of all Champagne houses, its story beginning over four centuries ago when Pierre Gosset made wines from his own vineyards in the village of Aÿ. Today the wines of Gosset are renowned, made without malolactic fermentation so fruitiness and freshness are to the fore. Wines spend a minimum of four years on the lees, with fruit sourced only from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.
Howard Park is one of the most respected names in Margaret River, Western Australia. The Burch family planted their first vineyards in 1986, and have gone on to scoop scores of awards for their subtly-craftd wines. They added a second label of very popular wines called ‘Madfish’, and then in an intriguing move, a joint venture with Burgundian winemaker and biodynamic ambassador Pascal Marchand, with Marchand-Burch wines.
Château Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest winery, founded by Jesuit monks in 1857 on its core values of Tradition, Nobility, and Modernity. They have made it their mission to not only continue unique, centuries-old winemaking practices, but to implement the newest and most innovative processes. Taste their terrific range of white, red and rosé wines at the Festival, for an in-depth understanding of one of Lebanon’s greatest wine estates.
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.
Louis Jadot is one of Burgundy’s great names. The story began with the purchase of the Beaune Premier Cru, Clos des Ursules, in 1826, and over almost 200 years the Maison has managed to reunite hundreds of parcels of vines, guaranteeing the quality of the wines from these unique terroirs. Producing superb, long-lived wines from across the Côte d’Or and greater Burgundy, this is a fabulous tasting opportunity.
Montecalvi Chianti was once part of Castello di’Uzzano, the estate of a noble family in early Renaissance Florence. Today, it is still in family hands, but these are the Drake family from Adelaide, where they also own Collalto Estate, making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their Italian heritage has taken them to Greve in Chianti, where a ‘hands-off’ approach celebrates their three single vineyards, which are bottled separately.
Nyetimber. For over 30 years, Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world. A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow the three celebrated grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Owner and Chief Executive Eric Heerema and Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs are committed to quality. #Nyetimber
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.
Bodegas Roda was founded in the late 1980s, rapidly gaining renown for its meticulous and exacting research into the Tempranillo grape variety. The Roda vineyards consist of 28 immaculate blocks of old Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano in La Rioja Alta, where renowned President and Supervising Winemaker, Agustín Santolaya, seeks to express not just a sense of place, but also the climatic year of each vintage.
Saint Clair Family Estate was established by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Saint Clair is one of New Zealand’s leading wine companies with an exceptional quality record. Ranked in the top 100 wineries of the world, their wines regularly scoop trophies in global competitions, yet they remain a true family business with son Tony and daughters Sarina and Julie all involved in the business.
Savage Vines imports small batches of artisan wines, mostly organic or biodynamic, and often made in very limited quantities. This is the place to taste something unique and not on the high street, with subscription options also giving big discounts on repeat orders. BY joining their club they promise to “Spice things up and expand your wine repetoire,” but tasting is believing, so pop along for a glass and a chat at the Festival.
Sud de France Top 100 presents a selection of award-winning wines from this competition, judged blind by experts. 634 wines were narrowed down to the wines that the panel felt best expressed the characteristics various themes, including trophies for the best white, red, rosé. The Top 100 gives you the chance to taste the very best of Languedoc, Roussillon, part of the Rhône Valley and the South-West of France.
Château Suduiraut needs little introduction as one of the classic names of top, Premier Cru Sauternes. The estate dates back to 1580, its superb terroir bathed in sunlight and embraced by autumnal mists generously supplied by the Ciron and Garonne rivers, so it benefits from ideal conditions for the development of noble rot. Taste these sublime sweet wines, and the estate’s less-often seen but exceptional dry white Bordeaux wines.
Terroir Wines is a company located in the Scottish Borders, importing a portfolio of artisanal wines from around the world, supplying wines representative of their terroir to trade in Scotland. We travel the world to source under represented wines which reflect the terroir from which they are born. These are wines with a story, produced by people with passion and are often offered in small quantities.
Vignano is an organic and biodynamic wine estate in Tuscany, whose range of wines has won multiple awards and very high scores from worldwide critics. Focused on Chianti and ‘Super-Tuscan’ red wines (though there is a little white), the family can trace their roots in Tuscany back to 1362, the date proudly embossed on their labels. Taste not just Sangiovese, but be surprised by Viognier, Petit Manseng and Pinot Noir too!
Viñalba is one of the great names of Argentinean wine, producing multi award-winning wines in both Mendoza and further south in Patagonia. The wines are made by Bordeaux-born pioneer Hervé J. Fabre. Viñalba offers a range of beautifully crafted wines, combining Argentina’s purity of fruit and clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity which are the hallmarks of Hervé’s classical background.
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.
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.
Zonin 1821 is the UK arm of Casa Vinicola Zonin, the largest private vine growing and winemaking company in Italy. Their story dates back almost two hundred years and seven generations of the Zonin Family, “Vintners since 1821”. Pop along to taste superb wines from their prestigious estates in Piemonte, Tuscany, Puglia, Oltrepò Pavese, Friuli, San Giminano, Abruzzo and Sicily and more – truly a grand tour of Italy!