London exhibitor list
Bat & Bottle is an Italian Wine Merchant, importing directly from small artisan producers, and selling directly to the public from their Oakham warehouse, or of course online or by telephone. Established in 1994 by cricket-mad Ben Robson, they’d originally intended to sell cricket bats too (we’re not making this up), but instead have concentrated on their wine passion, adding a small range from sympatico producers in Spain and Portugal.
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.
M. Chapoutier is a one of the most revered names of the Rhône Valley, a leading exponent and authority on organic and biodynamic farming, and led by Michel Chapoutier “Unique, unconventional, curious about everything.” From the iconic single vineyard Hermitage wines like ‘Le Pavillon’, ‘L’Ermite’ and ‘Le Méal’, to more recent and surprising operations in Australia, Germany and elsewhere, there is so much to discover.
Le Cordon Bleu London is the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes, with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years. The London institute offers a range of programmes in the fields of cuisine, pâtisserie, wine, nutrition and management. The wine programmes at Le Cordon Bleu London are among the most innovative and professional in the UK. Visit them at the festival to find out more.
Champagne Deutz is one of the oldest members of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques. Based in the village of Aÿ, Deutz has been making distinctive champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld its traditions through five generations and owns a significant portion of its own vineyards, the wines being carefully aged in the chalk cellars deep beneath the village.
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.
FINE+RARE offers unrivaled access to 60,000 of the world’s finest and rarest wine. We provide a platform to buy, sell and store wines, with innovative technology that scans the international marketplace, to find that elusive bottle, guide you through En Primeur, build a bespoke cellar and everything in between. Come and discover their Wine Club and taste what promises to be one of the finest and rarest selections at the Festival!
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.
The Fizz Company began as online retailer Champagne Warehouse in 1999, started by brother and sister team, Tony Stones and Teresa Barnard who directly imported wines from small, family producers in Champagne. The change of name to The Fizz Company reflects how their diverse portfolio of sparkling wines has evolved – still plenty of Champagne of course, but now ‘Pet Nat’, Crémant, Prosecco, sparkling Shiraz and more!
Joie de Vin is a highly personal business, created by Tim North after 18 years working for France’s largest exporter of wine. Now, Joie de Vin imports a personally chosen selection of wines from small, passionate and often young producers, usually made in very limited quantities. The Loire and the Languedoc-Roussillon are their key strengths, working with producers who are certified organic, or farm with sustainable techniques.
Ken Forrester Wines is also with us, representing the pinnacle of Chenin Blanc production, but more besides. Ken’s 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.
Great Wine Estates represents a fabulous portfolio of independent wine producers. These are iconic and award-winning, family-owned estates who emphasise handcrafted and regionally authentic wines that are organic or sustainable. Taste the range from Levin Wines of the Loire Valley, Voyager Estate from Margaret River, Michael Hall Wines, Wanted Man and Leogate Estate of Australia, and many more.
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 subtley-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.
Mentzendorff is one of the UK’s longest-established wine importers, built around their leading shareholder brands Champagne Bollinger and Taylor’s Port, but representing many of the world’s leading family owned wine estates, including: M. Chapoutier, Klein Constantia, Bodegas Roda, Hidalgo-La Gitana, Henriques & Henriques, Fonseca & Croft. Visit the Mentzendorff stand today to discover more about this extraordinary portfolio.
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.
North South Wines is one of the UK’s leading importers and distributors of fine wine, and part owned by some of the world’s greatest wine producers. For the Festival, North South are focusing on four producers: Australian superstars of the Yarra Valley, de Bortoli, one of the great historic names of South Africa, KWV, and two contrasting Italian producers: the sparkling La Gioiosa Prosecco, and Purato, a range of organic wines from Sicily.
Quinta do Noval is “A magical place, an historic place. A piece of the earth capable of producing wines that are among the world’s greatest,” says Managing Director Christian Seely. Founded in 1715, Noval’s Ports are renowned globally as some of the world’s finest examples, respected equally for its Tawny and Vintage styles, and famed worldwide for its ‘Nacional’ Vintage, produced in tiny quantities from ungrafted indigenous vines.
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.
Renegade & Longton are producers of high-quality, artisan wine made by the traditional method à la Champagne. But there’s a twist for this Kent-based company, as they infuse their wines with elderflower, blackberries, rhubarb, and strawberries, for intensly aromatic, dry sparkling wines of great quality. Tasting is believing, so pop along to their table at the Festival of Wine to meet them and taste the difference!
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.
SailSterling is an online boat reservation service, connecting people with owners and charter companies worldwide. Launching next year, their Catamaran and Wine Tour 2020 will spend one week in the Aeolian Islands off of Sicily, with resident sommelier and a programme of shore-based wine tours and on-board tastings. Pop along to find out more, and taste wines from Sicily and elsewhere that will be served on this tour.
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.
Ultravino is a Piedmont specialist fine wine importer with a focus on outstanding, under-the-radar boutique producers from the Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero appellations. Our producers have an authentic story to tell, a point of difference to convey and exceptional wines that speak of their terroir. We work only with wine makers from the region whose family traditions and philosophies we admire.
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.
The Vino Beano is the new ‘go-to’ merchant for wine enthusiasts looking to purchase high quality, affordable, lovingly produced and carefully selected wines. With The Vino Beano you will also have access to the stories behind these artisan growers – how they produce, take care of and live their wines. Staying away from mainstream brands, The Vino Beano specialises in finding undiscovered wines exclusively to the UK market.
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 Festival of WIne, London.
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 Treasury is an award winning wine importer established in 1984 and representing 40 or so quality-driven and charismatic wine producers from around the world: small, specialist, perhaps even boutique. Though boasting a panoply of the most sought-after ‘cult’ names from California, Oregon and Washington, the portfolio spans the New and Old Worlds, but always offering ‘that special something‘ as the main criterion.