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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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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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Indigenous Cypriot Grape Varieties

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, we have recently shipped some exquisite wines from Cyprus and sampling these was my first exposure to some of the indigenous varietals that many Cypriot winemakers are understandably so proud of, which form an integral part of their wines. Cyprus, along with Santorini, is one of the only European…

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The ‘Old Vine’ Question

To consider the perceived qualitative differences in ‘old vine’ fruit we must first define the term, and this begins with Phylloxera – the pest which decimated European vineyards throughout the 19th century. The damage caused and the efforts to combat and restore the wine industry during this time dictated a necessary shift in viticultural practices,…

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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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