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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • The Drinks Business Green Awards crowns Yealands Family Wines “Green Company of the Year”

    Yealands Estate has been selected as the “Green Company of the Year” by the UK’s leading drinks publisher, Drinks Business.

    The Green Awards are the world’s largest programme raising awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and rewarding those leading the way in sustainability and environmental practice. 

    Founder of Yealands Family Wines, Peter Yealands, says this global recognition is a welcome endorsement of their philosophy, culture and focus on continual environmental improvement.

    “We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle. Since inception our mission has been to become the world-leader in sustainable wine production. This award in conjunction with our win at the International Green Awards (2012) demonstrates that we’re well on the way to achieving that goal.”

    The Green Company of the Year category was open to all drinks producers globally and the judging criteria was based on demonstrating commitment to the environment in changing and improving business practices to better its carbon footprint.

    “We continually strive to improve our sustainable practices. For us sustainability is about using resources in a smarter way, which guarantees future supply and our profitability. We’re conscious that our commitment needs to be tangible; being green is an integral part of who we are, and for us it is essential to producing world-class wines.”

    The winners were announced last night at the Drinks Business Green Awards ceremony at The Club at The Ivy, London.

  • Enotria embraces LWF's new approach

    For 2014, Enotria are embracing London Wine Fair’s return to its roots. Enotria’s stand – A42 – will be a more compact space than in previous years, but will not compromise on any of the inspiration and engagement which form the core of their updated approach.

    In addition to the focused range of wines on show – including a selection from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Spain and Italy – they will also be hosting phased pop-up tastings on-stand, highlighting key themes, exciting vinous developments  and the latest trends, as well as a chance to engage with some of the most exciting wines in Enotria’s portfolio.

    Enotria’s Off Trade Sales Director, Simon Bradbury, says: “The Fair has undergone a transformation, in its new format and location, we are sure that it will appeal to all trade sectors. We wholeheartedly support the development and feel very positive about the new look. We’ll be showcasing a range of wines that will demonstrate the great and good of our portfolio, and coupled with the phased on-stand tastings, it’s set to be a very productive and interesting show.”

    Find Enotria on stand A42 at Olympia and register here

  • C is for Calcareous Soils


    In the far eastern corner of France, in between Burgundy and Switzerland, you will find Jura.  The climate of Jura is continental with many similarities to Burgundy, however the winters are more aggressively, bitterly cold. The soils are calcareous (literally Jurassic), and the wines produced are distinctive, especially those made from the Savagnin grape.

    We are pleased to welcome our first producer from this curious and wonderful wine region to our portfolio! Domaine de le Renardière was established in 1990 and has been a flag-bearer for the wines of the Jura region ever since, Jean-Michel and Florence Petit’s

    Domaine de la Renardière has 6.5 hectares of some of the finest vineyard sites in Arbois. It is here that the combination of Jurassic limestone soils and the cool proximity of the Alps give a purity and freshness to the wines, most notably Jean-Michel’s beautifully savoury Chardonnay and his Savagnin, which is made in a clean, nonoxidative

    style. The emphasis here is on micro-management and attention to detail, alongside a willingness to experiment and a belief that wood should never be allowed to dominate either grape or terroir.

  • Roll up, roll up and join us in welcoming Quinta da Plansel to the Enotria family!

    The Quinta da Plansel winery can be found just 100km east of Lisbon, in the heart of Alentejo. The winemaker and owner, Dorina Lindemann, and her team, specialise in producing wines made from indigenous Portuguese varieties. The story began when Dorina’s father Hans Jörg Böhm, a young German businessman, capsized his sailing boat with a group of Swiss students in the Portuguese harbour of Cascais in 1961. Several years later, he bought a property in the north west of Alentejo, in Montemor-O-Novo, and started his work on vine cultivation and clone breeding whilst laying down the foundations for the Quinta.

    When Dorina, born in Germany’s Neustadt on the Wine Route, entered her father's business in 1993, she caused quite a stir in a hitherto male dominated world. Since Portuguese men found it difficult to accept her in a management role, she decided to work with just women. In 1996 her first wine appeared on the market under the label Plansel, a name derived from “plantas seleccionadas”: 2000 bottles, produced by women and without any mechanical intervention. Today with the latest technology, Dorina continues to craft wines of great poise, power and elegance. The white is an elegant blend of Verdelho and Arinto, whilst the reds are comprised of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Aragones and Trincadeira.

    We suggest that you try the wines as soon as possible, they are truly delicious! The Plansel Tinto is especially enticing – dark garnet with complex floral notes reminiscent of violets and orange blossom..this is followed by wild dark fruits with just a nuance of soft spice on the palate.

  • New World, Ancient Soils – A Tale of Exploration & Intrigue!

    We are gearing up for summer with a series of events focusing on the variety and intrigue of the New World.

    The Southern Hemisphere is referred to as the ‘New World’ when in fact, the geological makeup of many of its winemaking regions – these unique soils, ridges, rocks and minerals – is over 400 million years old. Our producers will illustrate the unique characteristics of the regions in which they produce their wines: the similarities and differences, the theories and the practices, the terroir and the character.

    There will be a panel of inspirational producers – including Howard Park, Carrick and Martin Meinert, to name a few – presenting their wines to you, and explaining how the geological makeup of their respective regions manifests itself in the glass, once they have worked their magic. They will share viticultural secrets, knowledge and experience with you that you will only get from this session, which will be a combination of technical seminar and masterclass from the people who know best.

    And after the masterclass, we invite you to an Antipodean-style Supper Safari, where you will get to taste additional wines alongside a specially-devised menu, and you will also be able to ask the producers your own questions in an informal atmosphere.

    This really is a fantastic chance to get up close and personal with the people who make wines in the oldest ‘new’ regions of the winemaking world!


    Monday 23rd June            London

    Tuesday 24th June            Bath

    Wednesday 25th June     York

    Thursday 26th June          Edinburgh

    An official ‘Save the Date’ will be sent out soon, but in the meantime, if you would like more information, or to register your interest please contact

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