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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Young Guns & Ones to Watch

    Tamra Washington

    Tamra grew up in Marlborough during the region’s viticulture explosion. Spending school holidays working in vineyards and winery restaurants sparked an early fascination with wine and its creation. She completed a degree in Viticulture (the study of grapes in the vineyard) and Oenology (the study of making wine once grapes are harvested) at Lincoln University, where she was named ‘top student’. Her first position was in the laboratory at Marlborough’s Seresin Estate. She then headed to California to join Francisan Estate in the Napa Valley. This was followed by stints in Australia’s Hunter Valley and Margaret River. Here, Tamra enjoyed hands-on experience at everything; pruning the vines, cellar door sales and assistant winemaking.

    Next came an offer to take the role of Winemaker for Casa Vinicola Calatrasi’s 2002 vintage in Sicily, Italy. Tamra stayed for four years as Head Winemaker for the Calatrasi Group, overseeing wineries in Sicily, Puglia and Tunisia. A stunning achievement for a young winemaker! This was followed by a re-acquaintance with New World wine varieties, particularly aromatic varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris, completing vintages at Evans & Tate in Australia and Kim Crawford, New Zealand. After a period as a ‘flying winemaker’ overseeing production from Italy’s northern Veneto region for the Sainsbury supermarket group, Tamra was lured home by Peter Yealands. In her words “This is the ultimate opportunity – working with super premium cool climate fruit and being involved from scratch in the set-up of a new winery and brand with absolute commitment to sustainability!”

  • WSET Educator of the Year!

    We are delighted to announce that Enotria has won the WSET Educator of the Year Award. Proof that we have the best wine trainers in the world. There were more than 1000 applications from over 62 countries, and just 11 of these made the shortlist. The judging panel then put the shortlisted entrants through their paces and deliberated long and hard...then three winners were selected – Enotria, an individual UK Educator and a Hong Kong based company.

    WSET Global Chief Executive Ian Harris praised our commitment to education, ‘which even in the face of the recession has remained constant’. He drew attention to the superior pass marks that we have recently achieved and the continued growth in courses that they have seen from us last year. This is the first time that we have won this prestigious award and our education programme is now officially second to none!

  • Young Guns & Ones to Watch

    This is the first installement of Enotria’s Young Guns & Ones to Watch. Over the next few months we’ll introduce you to a bevy of talented winemakers and inspiring people.

    Our portfolio encapsulates all that is great & good about the world of wine – small artisan producers, iconic names & wineries that are true pioneers in their regions. What they all have in common is an unsurpassed passion for the land & the wines that come from there. First up is Katie Dickieson, Winemaker at Peller Estates.

    You might say that Katie Dickieson was destined to be a Winemaker. As a young girl growing up on her family farm, Katie had a strong appreciation for the potential of each harvest and enjoyed the exciting challenge each new season brought.

    Taking this passion she enrolled in the Food Science program at the University of Guelph.  There she learned there was a natural way to combine her love of agriculture, an affinity for science and a keen interest in sensory studies.

    Throughout Katie’s career as a Winemaker, she has taken this childhood appreciation and love of agriculture with her. Though Katie was appointed Peller Estates Winemaker in June 2012, her roots run deep with the winery, having spent time working alongside the winemaking team in the Niagara Peninsula and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

    Prior to joining Peller Estates on a full time basis, Katie honed her winemaking skills at producers which  included Omihi Hills in Waipara, New Zealand and Man O’ War Vineyards in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Through these positions she gained experience working with cool climate Pinot Noir as well as red Bordeaux varieties, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Katie also held a position at Domaine du Monteillet, Vignobles Montez in the Rhone Valley, France - a small quality producer. 

    Now, back on Canadian soil, Katie once again has the exciting opportunity to produce terroir-driven wines in a region that she is passionate about. A self proclaimed ‘foodie’, Katie enjoys crafting wines that marry perfectly with Chef Jason Parsons’ dishes; wines that are well-balanced, with the perfect freshness, acidity and structure for the table.

  • Annual Portfolio Tasting 2014


    Read more about the tasting!

  • The New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Trade Tasting 2014

    The New Zealand Winegrowers tasting is the UK’s largest and most diverse tasting of New Zealand wines. With 2013 cited as one of the best New Zealand vintages to date, this year’s event promises big things at its new venue, Lindley Hall.

    Enotria will be supporting the event, showing an fantastic range of 18 wines from our New Zealand portfolio, represented by Yealands, Urlar and Carrick.

    Let’s talk all things green...Peter Yealands’s “can do” attitude and innovative thinking have led to a number of world firsts in sustainable winegrowing; Urlar champions Pinot Noir as its flagship variety and is a fully signed-up member of SWNZ with BioGroNZ certification; and Carrick uses organic and biodynamic practices to manage the vineyard, as well as having BioGroNZ certification, and the resulting food-orientated wines show quality, texture and blalance.

    What: New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Trade Tasting

    When:  Tuesday 21st January 2014, 10.00am – 5.00pm 


    Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls

    Elverton Street London SW1P 2QW

    (nearest tubes are Victoria, St James Park or Pimlico)

  • Burch Family Wines joins the Enotria stable

    Enotria are delighted to welcome Burch Family Wines to the portfolio. Burch Family Wines are Western Australia's pre-eminent boutique family-owned winery and they will be joining Enotria effective immediately.

    Under the Burch Family umbrella there are two established wineries; one located in beautiful Margaret River, in the South West and the other in Denmark, in the Great Southern. Both brands are testament to the family‟s absolute commitment to crafting premium wines with distinct regional character.

    Jeff and Amy Burch are at the helm of the family business, while their three children oversee and manage various sectors of the winery. Over the past 25 years, the Burch Family has refined the art of defining and classifying their vineyards in these two distinct regions, with a focus on the impeccable marriage of variety to vineyard site.

    Jeff Burch made comment “Our brands are perfectly aligned with Enotria‟s fine wine customers. We are impressed with Enotria‟s people, their market knowledge and relationships across the trade in the UK. Enotria is a distinguished specialist supplier and we are delighted to be included in their excellent portfolio of leading fine wine brands of the world”.

    A clear multi-channel approach is in line with Enotria‟s presence in various sectors of the market. Enotria CEO Alison Levett says, “This is a fantastic addition to the Enotria portfolio and one which reaffirms our mission to represent agencies who show commitment to quality at all levels, and who represent the very best of the world‟s wine growing regions. Our portfolio continues to encapsulate all that is great and good about the world of wine – small artisan producers, iconic names and wineries that are true pioneers in their regions”.

    She continues, “Burch Family Wines truly is a fantastic family owned business, producing exceptional and inspiring wines. Our Australian portfolio continues to evolve and impress – we are certainly excited about our future with Burch Family Wines.”

    Fans, customers and the wider trade can taste the wines on January 30th at the Australia Day Tasting and at the Enotria Annual Tasting on February 25th.


    Howard Park Wines is the jewel in the Burch Family Wines crown and Jeff has a very simple mantra when it comes to the production of its wines, „premium wine can only come from excellent fruit’. Simply put, they go wherever the fruit grows best. Since its inception in 1986, Howard Park‟s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique wines of great finesse, character, balance and elegance.

    In 2009, Howard Park joined Australia's First Families of Wine (AFFW), a collective of twelve multi-generational family-owned wine producers whose aim is to showcase a representative and diverse range of the best of Australian wine with a focus on regional and iconic drops.

    The MadFish range of West Australian wines are produced from grapes grown in the cool climes of the South West regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. The MadFish wines centre on enjoyment and drinkability. In the spirit of Western Australia, MadFish wines are without pretension and without fuss. These contemporary wines are noted for their pure, fresh and clean characteristics and are beautifully fruit-forward

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