Clos del Portal

Clos del Portal

Alfredo Arribas a multidisciplinary architect, has developed most of his renowned international career in multiple world locations. Recently, more of his works have taken place in his birth town, Barcelona.
In 2001, Alfredo started his adventure in the wine world, after acquiring the estate Clos del Portal, in Priorat, where he centres his activity. In parallel, he develops a recovery task of a bunch of old vines – Trossos – in the neighbor Montsant appelation.

Perfectionist and empirical at the same time, Alfredo associates elaboration to creativity. Bringing forth vinifications with substantial notes and accents, he proposes sensible Priorats.
The respect and curiosity for different origins and terroirs creates in his work the proliferation of references, itineraries through the territory, with the explicit duality between search/discovery… in the spectrum of his wines.

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i Capitani

i Capitani

The history of the farm, i Capitani, dates back more than a century, seeing its beginning in the late XIX century and all through 1900’s to reach to the present day. A story of commitment and traditions in the hinterland of Campania, exactly in Avellino province, in one of the best areas for wine making in Italy. The protagonists of this story are Cefalo family (nicknamed “i Capitani”) and the fertile hills located in Bosco Faiano district of Torre le Nocelle town in the heart of Irpinia.

A story of work and sacrifice but also of great achievements and successes. The strength and pride of a big family that betting on the job, she wanted to help make her fantastic area increasingly known and appreciated. A story of ups and downs that poetically embodies the vine’s life that every year after cutting of the winter pruning, renews its life and grows back even stronger and more lush than before.

Irpinia, hard but generous land, has ever since shown a great interest for the viticulture with highest production on the land where the hills smoothly run down the valleys of the rivers Calore and Sabato. It is here on these green hills where the vineyards of the Farm Capitani spread in the sun. Vineyards that have been for centuries the pride and boast of the farming tradition of the Cefalo family, made by vines, but, above all, made by vine-dressers that know how to listen to their land.

There is no place where it is possible to produce all three DOCG at the same time, the vineyards must be placed in different areas! Only in Lapio and Montefalcione can produce in one vineyard two of them Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi but not all three.

The ‘Finch’ in the name comes from Heneage Finch, who was the original surveyor of the road from Sydney to the Hunter Valley – The Great North Road.

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Quinta D’Amares

Quinta D’Amares

Quinta de Amares has a legacy of history, represented by the Monastery “Mosteiro de Santo André de Rendufe” which was one of the most important national Benedictine Monasteries, developing continuously until the fifteenth century and the aqueduct (17th Century) : a very special and remarkable heritage.

With an extension of vineyards with approximately 50 hectares, is located in the Portuguese municipality of Amares, in the heart of the Demarcated Region of Vinhos Verdes, in the small village of Sto. André de Rendufe, land of deep and historical religious traditions.

Quita D’Amares production of Vinho Verdes, which have been awarded several times in national and international wine competitions, are produced from selected grapes varieties, and will undoubtedly surprise the customer with their unique characteristics.

Quinta D’Amares produce in the Região Demarcada dos Vinhos Verdes, in the northwest of Portugal, an area traditionally known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho. Its boundaries lie to the north of Minho River – natural frontier with Galiza-, the east and south mountainous areas that constitute the natural separation between Entre-Douro-e-Minho Atlantic and the more interior zones of the country with more Mediterranean characteristics, and lastly the Atlantic Ocean which constitutes its western limit.

Cultural issues, categories of wine, microclimates and vineyards led to the division of Região Demarcada dos Vinhos Verdes into nine sub-regions: Amarante, Ave, Baião, Basto, Cávado, Lima, Monção and Melgaço, Braga, Paiva and Sousa.

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Monte Zovo

Monte Zovo

MONTE ZOVO is not only a hill in the hinterland of the beautiful Lake Garda near the town of Bardolino, but also a winery. This has been located on the hill for almost one hundred years.

The success story of the Cottini family began in 1925, when Carlo Cottini founded the first family winery. At that time, in addition to vines, the company cultivated fruit varieties such as cherries, plums, apricots as well as olives. Cattle were also bred.

The following generations specialized in wine production. In 1965, Raffaello Cottini bought the Caprino Veronese vineyard, the seat of today’s winery. Today, Diego Cottini, together with his family, continues the tradition. Meanwhile, the estate has increased to almost 140 hectares of vineyards.

But the family business also attaches great importance to sustainability. The winery is located on a hill crest. Thus, the entire production cycle runs from top to bottom. But it was above all an idea of Diego Cottini that made the winery famous at the end of the 90s: The high mountain vineyards lacked any rot or fungus. And by inspiring the Appassimento method to produce Amaraone, he started to harvest the grapes only after the first frost and to subject them to a further drying on the straw mat. The independent wine “Calinverno” was born.

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Chatzivaritis Estate

Chatzivaritis Estate

It all started with love…when Vagelis Chatzivaritis met his soon to be wife Olga Iakovidou in 1981. She was from Goumenissa, a place with a long tradition in winemaking. Little did he know that this was the place where he would, later on in life, dedicate himself into the creation of a very unique and widely undiscovered Greek wine.

Being a wine lover himself, and a man who also appreciated fine food and the simple pleasures of life, he started making his own wine to enjoy with the company of his good friends and close relatives.  For Vagelis, wine making was simply a hobby and time-out from his demanding career as a mechanical engineer.

In 2017, the daughter of Vangelis and Olga – Chloi – decided to return to Greece after studying oenology in France and Portugal and having worked in various wineries in France, New Zealand, Argentina, and Chile. When she returned, she brought with her passion and experience for low intervention wines and immediately started making a new range of wines without interventions and experimenting with new wine making techniques, such as petnat (pétillant naturel) and carbonic maceration.

Today the vineyard of the Estate consists of 20 hectares. The Chatzivaritis Estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis, Malagousia, Muscat and Assyrtico, and also cultivates the popular Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet sauvignon in smaller surfaces.

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Château de Roquefort

Château de Roquefort

The Château de Roquefort is ideally situated in The Côtes de Provence Appellation, between the Massif de la Sainte Baume, which rises to an altitude of 1,042 metres, and the coastal Calanques National Park. The landscape here is a formation of high plateaus, where organic vineyards are cultivated biodynamically at an altitude of 390 metres, cut out of the imposing rocky clay – limestone soils. The vineyards have been certified bio since 2006.

It is in this naturally, wild environment that Raimond de Villeneuve has chosen to follow his passion; the life of a vigneron, for over 25 years. The terroir here is essential thanks to the microclimate created by altitude and the fact that the vineyards are facing North-Northwest, which brings much freshness to his wines.

Since 1812, numerous generations have preceded him, handing clown the land and vines. Today he farms some 30 hectares, producing wines which he sells to the four corners of the globe.

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Domaine Thomas

Domaine Thomas

The small 9ha estate of Domaine Thomas has been in the family since the 1670s, with ninth generation winegrowers Jean and Ginette Thomas, and their son Julien and partner Justine running the Domaine today.

The Domaine, which grows Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, is located in the village of Verdigny in Sancerre, with a high proportion of its vineyards located on the highly sought-after Silex soil that makes the most aromatic and pungent Sauvignons that the region is famous for.

Wild yeast fermentation is key in setting Domaine Thomas’s wines apart, in an appellation where selected yeasts are still the norm, and so does extended ageing on the lees, combined with low use of sulphur. The Domaine also manages the vineyard according to biodynamic principles.

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Domaine de la Provenquiere

Domaine de la Provenquiere

In the heart of the Languedoc vineyards, Domaine La Provenquière perpetuates the wine-growing and family heritage of four generations of passionate winegrowers, as well as the historical heritage of a unique place steeped in nearly five centuries of history.

The Robert-Boularand family expresses all its winemaking know-how here through a wide range of white, red, rosé and orange IGP Pays d’Oc, AOC Languedoc, AOC Saint-Chinian and AOC Coteaux d’Ensérune varietal wines.

Iconic figures of the estate, Claude and his sister Brigitte have been co-managing the family estate since 1994. Marie, Jean and Antoine representing the fourth generation of the family are also committed daily to the heart of the estate. Claude, Brigitte, Jean, Antoine and Marie. Five passionate winegrowers who work every day to offer authentic and unique IGP Pays d’Oc and AOC Languedoc wines, vinified observing the winemaking tradition and the terroir.

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Domaine Besson

Domaine Besson

Situated in the heart of Chablis, Domaine Besson is the proud owner of an exceptional wine-producing heritage, seeking to express and transmit in its wines the purity and sensitivity of this unique terroir. The estate is an independent family-owned and run Domaine spanning four generations.

Today, their 21 hectares comprises holdings in Petit Chablis, Chablis and selected Premiers/Grands Crus. Alain Besson has handed more control to his daughter Camille, who looks after the winemaking and marketing, along with his son Adrien who is responsible for the vineyard work. Practicing ‘lutte raisonnée’ in the vineyards and manual harvesting (for the Grands Crus only), their thoughtful, sensitive winemaking gives rise to wines that offer a pure expression of fruit in a fine and elegant styling.

Adrien Besson, passionate about tractors since his childhood, obtained his professional baccalaureate in viticulture and oenology and then returned to take care of the vines in June 2013. Accompanied by four  employees, he takes care of our vines throughout the year in order to produce quality grapes. Anxious to rationalize his practices, he set up the ploughing of our entire plot, limiting chemical weeding.

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Bodega Gotica

Bodega Gotica

Bodega Gótica have been producing wine in the municipality of Rueda for several generations.

The Estate is divided into 4 plots which were planted out between 1983 and 2001. Their philosophy is to innovate, and their objective is to offer a quality product based on the excellence of their work.

The first commercial vintage was in 2004 with the production of wines from 3 grape varieties, Verdejo, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, with which they continue to produce excellent white, rosé and red wines.

 The Rueda Denomination of Origin was recognized on January 12, 1980, by order of the Ministry of Agriculture, being the first Denomination of Origin recognized in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, after several years working for the recognition and protection of its native variety :  Verdejo.

Where there is no wine, there is no love

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