Our Producers

Aujoux

Aujoux

Aujoux, formerly "Beaujolais Wine Company" was purchased in 1938 by Mr Amann, a leading Swiss businessman. In November 1954, the company was named Aujoux SA, after the former CEO Jean Marc Aujoux, who was a particularly talented visionary. In 1990, to strengthen their weight in Beaujolais, they combined with other famous houses, Jacques Depaqneux and Chanut. The company was then renamed Alliance of Fine Wines. The extension continued southwards in 2002 with new interests in the Languedoc Roussillon. This was the beginning of Signatures de Sud.

In 2007, the house expanded by moving to La Chapelle de Guinchay, to allow further development of the company. Aujoux today enjoys the most modern facilities and a dynamic business development team that brings to market 10 million bottles per year, both in France and from around the world.

Located in the heart of the Beaujolais vineyards, the Municipality of La Chapelle de Guinchay, is surrounded by the most prestigious vineyards such as Saint-Amour, Julienas, Chenas and Moulin-a-Vent. Aujoux is committed to producing wines that reflect more accurately the character of the soils and climate.

From Burgundy to the Rhone Valley through Beaujolais, Aujoux has may partners and choose wines that reflect the work of both nature and winemaker.

Claude Baron

Claude Baron

Champagne winemaker in the soul, Claude Baron, helped by his three daughters, has created his own brand to carry on the family tradition that means so much to him.


The Champagnes are produced from grapes that come from vineyards in the heart of the Marne Valley and are patiently vinified by Claude and Lise. They have worked for over 30 years to develop the family Champagne House in the Marne Valley. Today, they have decided to take up another challenge with their daughters and have created Champagne Claude Baron.

 

Claude, Lise (oenologist) and Aline Baron produce Champagnes that make your taste buds quiver with pleasure. Claire Baron is responsible for trade relationship, France and Export.

Meerlust Winery

Meerlust Winery

Long recognised for producing premium wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, 8th generation custodian of this 17th Century national monument.

Meerlust, meaning ‘pleasure of the sea’, as the Meerlust were the pioneers of Bordeaux varietals in the Cape, and were the first to produce their iconic, award-winning wine, ‘Rubicon’ in 1980.

When visiting Bordeaux, Nico Myburgh, Hannes’ father discovered that the climate and soil was similar to that of the Eerste River Valley – a watershed moment. manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5km from False Bay (15km south of Stellenbosch). The name Rubicon comes from the Rubicon River, the border of the ancient capital. It is said that Julius Caesar led his troops to Rome and making the crucial decision to cross the Rubicon, marked an irrevocable point in history.

Bodegas Riojanas

Bodegas Riojanas

Throughout its 100-year history, winemaking techniques have evolved because Bodegas Riojanas combine the local winemaking tradition with the state-of-the-art winemaking techniques. Innovation goes hand in hand with respect for tradition. Therefore they have incorporated the most advanced winemaking techniques that allow for adaptation to current market trends.

 

Bodegas Riojanas controls more than 300 hectares, from the best vineyards in Cenicero, San Vicente de la Sonsierra and nearby towns. The quintessential grape in Rioja is Tempranillo, but Bodegas Riojanas also has one of the largest areas dedicated to Mazuelo and Graciano within the denomination, varieties that provide greater personality to some of their wines.

 

All the tasks developed from the grape sprouting in the vineyard until the wine arrives at your table are developed and run by Bodegas Riojanas staff, always having as objective the highest quality.

Domaines Schlumberger

Domaines Schlumberger

Now run by the 6th and 7th generations, Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 by Nicolas Schlumberger, who established vineyards on the renowned slopes above the town of Guebwiller. These vineyard sites have a history of viticulture, having been planted since 207AD. Through successive generations the holding has grown to be one of France’s largest and finest domaines.

 

Domaines Schlumberger now own 130 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are Grand Cru. This makes them not only the largest owner of vineyards in Alsace, but also the largest owner of Grand Cru in the region. The vineyards include four Grand Cru sites which contribute to more than 50% of production. Yields are kept deliberately low, often a necessity on the steeper slopes of light sandy soil which can be as much as 60 degrees gradient. The vines are horizontally planted in rows protected by 50 kilometres of dry-stone walls to prevent soil erosion.

 

The vineyards have the best exposure (south to south east) and a cooling breeze, allowing the organically farmed grapes, to reach optimum maturity producing healthy grapes.

Marques de Murrieta

Marques de Murrieta

Established in 1852 by Luciano Francisco Ramón de Murrieta, this historic bodega was the first of the famous Rioja houses to be established and is still in existence today. As the original visionary and pioneer of the Rioja region, Luciano was made Marqués de Murrieta by Queen Isabel II. After the death of the Marqués in 1911, the bodega was taken over by the Olivares family and then in 1983 by D. Vicente Cebrián-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell. The new owner’s aim was to establish Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta among the best wineries in the world. His sudden death in 1996 left the vision only partly fulfilled. The baton was passed onto his son Vicente Dalmau who proceeded to revolutionise the entire estate, investing significantly in the vineyards and winery to take the bodega into the 21st century. The emphasis now is very much quality focused, with low yields in the vineyard and limited production in the winery. Truly hand-made, world-class wines from the oldest family owned estate in Rioja.

Lou Miranda

Lou Miranda

Lou Miranda Estate is a family owned boutique winery based in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

 

Lou, his wife Val and their daughters Lisa and Victoria produce premium quality wines under the Leone and Lou Miranda Estate brands using fruit from their own Barossa Valley vineyards. Lou’s father used to say ‘You can only make great wine with great fruit’. This simple but effective philosophy is reflected in all that they do today, from our rigorous approach to vineyard management, consistency and discipline over fruit selection to hand crafted winemaking practices.

 

In one way or another, the family has been working on these wines for more than seventy years. It started when our nonno, Francesco Miranda came to Australia from Italy in 1938. He arrived in Griffith, New South Wales and set about building his dream. His son Lou has spent a lifetime building on his father’s passion while adding his own unique style.

Alma Cersius

Alma Cersius

The winemakers of ALMA CERSIUS have vineyards in three villages: Cers, Portiragnes & Villeneuve les Béziers.

It’s 1,200 hectares consist of a mosaic of grape varietals in IGP Pays d’Oc and IGP Coteaux du Libron and benefit from an oceanic microclimate on a terroir of rolled stones, smoothed by wind currents.

Since 2009, ALMA CERSIUS has built a portfolio of award-winning Premium brands. ALMA CERSIUS produces and markets more than 2,5 million bottles in France and abroad.

Hopler Wines

Hopler Wines

Today Höpler has a 2,500m² modern production facility equipped with computer controlled machinery and this provides the prerequisites for the production of high-quality wines.

Hopler is an Austrian, family owned, winery located south east of Vienna in Burgenland.

The 46ha of vineyards lie in the Leithaberg Hills on the shores of Lake Neusiedl. This unique location enables them to produce a wide range of wines; 55% white wine, 40% red and 5% dessert wine.

Hoepler wines have a clear signature. They tend to be delicate, elegant and high in minerality. They are excellent to drink on their own but versatile when it comes to food and wine pairing.

70% of our their production is exported. Famous for making the house wines for the Trapp Family Lodge of Sound of Music fame and they are fortunate to count the Vienna State Opera Ball, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Yountville), Boby Flay (Mesa Grill, New York), Petri Lukkarinen (Olo, Helsinki), Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White amongst some of their more prestigious customers.

Bollinger

Bollinger

Champagne Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and to this day is still family owned. Benefitting from ownership of 164 hectares of vineyards in the finest Premier and Grand Cru sites the highest quality fruit is secure, the majority of which is Pinot Noir. Bollinger only uses the cuvée (first press) which gives a purer and finer must. Vinification is done by varietal and by cru delivering an impressive collection of base wines to make up the blend of Bollinger Special Cuvée and Bollinger Rosé. As well as this, a unique collection of 600,000 magnums of reserve wine are stored in the cellars in Aÿ under natural cork. These are skilfully blended by Chef de Cave Gilles Descôtes to make non vintage blends of distinction. La Grande Année is produced in exceptional years interpreting the vintage in the style of Bollinger. Very old oak barrels are used to vinify the wines encouraging complexity and breadth without imparting an oak character. Extended ageing and incredibly careful handling make this one of the most sought after prestige cuvées in the market.

Kopke

Kopke

Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke (who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League), the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines. Some of its members were deeply involved with the Oporto trade, mainly in the 19th century, when Joaquim Kopke, entitled “ Barão de Massarelos “, took part on most economic actions held. Meanwhile the Company was sold to the Bohane family, by the end of the 19th century, who tried to run it from London, where they had most of their economic interests. The distance and the two World Wars disabled the control of the Company and they decided, then, to sell it. In 1953 and after some negotiations, the Barros family, whose leader was then Manuel Barros, bought the House of Kopke and since then it belongs to its Group. Manuel Barros and his Sons, João and Manuel, ran the Company until the middle of the seventies, trying to increase even more the image of its wines and developing an important agricultural unity in the Douro District. In June 2006, the SOGEVINUS Group widens presence in the Port Wine sector through the acquisition of C. N. Kopke. Nowadays Kopke is the oldest Porto Wine brand and assume the leadership in “Porto Colheita” category.

Chateau Astrelus

Chateau Astrelus

Chateau Astrelus began quite unexpectedly. This is their story... "We moved to France in 2008 and started a family. We had been living in the Middle Eastern desert for a number of years and were looking forward to starting a new adventure in the lush green countryside of France.

Our search for a dream home, brought us to Cazaugitat: where we found a beautiful stone house surrounded by tranquil vineyards in the land between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers.

When we were told that the house came with 7 hectares of impeccably kept Bordeaux Superieur producing vines, we were shocked as we had no idea about vineyards or making wine. Fortunately, the previous owner offered to look after them for us.

After several seasons of watching the vineyard be worked, wine glass in hand, from the vantage point of the sunny garden, we started to wonder… if maybe we could do it ourselves, maybe we could look after the vines, pick the grapes and make our own wine. So at the beginning of 2014, with the help of some very talented and experienced people, our journey into winemaking began".

Gold Medal Winner: Concours des Grands Vins de France, Macon 2016
Gold Medal Winner: Concours International de Lyon 2016

 

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