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Château Hostens-Picant

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Yves and Nadine Hostens-Picant fell in love with this estate when they first visited in 1986. Following this transformative experience, they abandoned their respective roles in medicine and financial services and, in 1990, launched their first vintage at the newly monikered Château Hostens-Picant.  When Yves and Nadine took over the estate, it had a farmed area of 19 hectares dedicated to vines.…

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Commandaria – The Legend of Cyprus

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Commandaria has had a storied history, though its recent reputation represents a dramatic fall from grace. Hailed by Richard of Lionheart as a ‘wine of kings and king of wines’, exported to many a European court throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, and gracing many of the most revered tables throughout history, the wine’s popular…

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Vegetarian and Vegan-suitable Wines

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There are plenty of reasons one might choose to cut down on meat and meat-based products. Whatever they may be, there are clear health and holistic benefits to choosing a vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan diet as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, not to mention the carbon emissions which would be reduced on the meat processing…

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Zambartas Winery

The Zambartas Winery is the brainchild of the late Akis Zambartas. Revered as a legend in modern Cypriot winemaking, he was the first islander to formally study oenology, receiving a degree from the University of Montpellier, as well as a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Lyon. As head winemaker at the island’s KEO…

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Domaine de la Denante

Named after nearby river La Denante which runs through the village of Davayé just West of the city of Mâcon, Domaine de la Denante was established in 1975 by Damien’s father Robert Martin, with just two and a half hectares of vines. The winery itself is at the foot of the historic Rock of Solutré…

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Familie Mantler: Honest, down to earth, good.

Located 60 kilometres north-west of Vienna in the Weinviertel, Austria’s northernmost winegrowing region and its largest by both volume of production and geographically, Familie Mantler is and has always been a family-run operation since it was first established. For over 100 years the privately owned land was farmed to mixed agriculture, often changing speciality from one year to the next until 1977, when a then 18-year-old Karl Mantler…

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Aslina Wines

It is with small steps that great people effect great change, and this is exactly what Ntsiki Biyela embodies within the South African wine industry. Originally from Mahlabathini, a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, Ntsiki won a scholarship to study Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University in 1999, graduating in 2003. She was often posed questions…

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Moschopolis: In the Shadow of Mount Olympus

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Located in the Pontic village of Monopigado which sits around 500 metres above the port of Thessaloniki, Moschopolis exists in the shadow and magnificence of Mount Olympus. The winery was established by Dr. Georgios Germanis, a chemical soil specialist with decades of experience in both the vineyard and the cellar. Famed for his research and…

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