Meet the maker

Whenever we have the chance to visit wineries and spend time with the winemakers we work with, we always come away feeling what a privilege it has been. Not only do the winemakers give us a unique and very personal insight into their work and the history of their wineries, but we also get to uncover the things that make one region so different from another. And the benefit of all this? It makes us realise from a consumer perspective how much more there is to discover and experience when it comes to the wonderfully fascinating world of regional wines.

In this section we will tell you more about the people behind the wine and share a little bit of the magic.


Araldica is a group of companies and a major force in the growing production and distribution of wine based in the Piedmont region of Italy. The Group’s Managing Director and qualified Eonologist 'Claudio Manera' explains that investment in vineyards is crucial to maintaining the quality of the product.

“Our intention at Araldica has never been to follow an idle dream of making great wine that is then impossible to find or too difficult to afford. Our broader ambition has been to provide a range that is both und... Read more.

Crémant de Bourgogne

Who needs Champagne? Well actually I do, but sometimes the palate is willing but the wallet is not, so at this point we search for a good alternative. And a great alternative is Crémant de Bourgogne.

I have been fortunate enough to spend many a holiday in this part of the world staying in a tiny hamlet outside Châtillon sur Seine – the birth place of Crémant right along the ‘Route du Crémant’.  I have also done my fair share of ‘research’ of the many producers along this ro... Read more.

Chateau L'Ermitage

We have just come back from the South of France visiting some new wine producers, one of which was Château L’Ermitage, situated between Arles and Nimes. It has been a vineyard since the eleventh century supplying wines for pilgrims en route to Santiago. Now owned by Jerome Castillon, wine maker and family proprietors for nine generations.

Having stayed overnight in Arles, which I highly recommend to all, full of Roman Architecture dating back to 100 AD ,with much of the city walls still standing along with the Amphitheatre... Read more.

Domaine du Val de Gilly

Buzzing with the rich and famous, the bay full of super yachts, the town exploding with sports cars, restaurants and nightclubs. Visiting the long St. Tropez beach with its abundance of restaurants you will notice that the Champagne flows and the Rosé glistens!

Those in the know are lucky enough to realise it doesn’t stop there… around the bay is the beautiful Port Grimaud, a French marina built by the talented architect Francois Spoerry. Leading onto to the bustling café society that is St. Maxime.[(-|... Read more.

Marchesi Di Gresy

Whenever we have the chance to visit wineries and spend time with the winemakers we work with we always come away feeling what a privilege it has been. And visiting Marchesi de Gresy back in October 2013 proved to be very special indeed for Judd, Sarah and Jane, as Jane explains below...

As we pulled up to the entrance of the estate the rain stopped, the sun came out and no one said a word for about five minutes. The views were breathtaking and seemed to go on forever. It was like being stood in the middle of a huge amphitheatre made... Read more.

Vallet Fréres - Bernard Vallet

Our Latest trip to France included a visit to my old friend Bernard Vallet. We have stocked Bernard’s wines for the past 30 years and it is always a pleasure to see Mr. Vallet himself!  This was a surprise birthday trip organised by my family and friends in the trade to celebrate a special vintage.

The Vallet-Frère wines have always been very special to us and it was great see the Vallet-Frère group receive the tremendous accolade of ‘Wine Maker of the Year’ for the whole of France for 2012-2013, a... Read more.

Poderi Colla

Greeted on arrival by Tino Colla and his son Pietro there was something of a warm family feel about the winery. Simplicity and tradition were words that sprung to mind. Once we discovered more about the family’s 25 hectare estate though we realised that actually over the years generations of the Colla Family have made significant contributions to the history of wine making in Piemonte. It has for example the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the region dating back to 1970. The first multi varietal blend was also created here back in 1969 when Do... Read more.

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