France benefits as Eurowines increases portfolio by 10%

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Eurowines is looking to bolster its portfolio with 12 new wineries in 2018 – an increase of over 10%.

Currently the importer has 104 wineries on its books, but if all goes to plan inside the next few months that number will increase to 116.

And though the merchant has long specialised in Italy, winning its sixth Italian Wine Merchant of the Year in this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, half of the new arrivals are from France, with new wineries coming in from the Loire to the Languedoc.

Spain, too, is getting a make-over. As well as ushering in an own-label range, they are expecting to finalise deals with smaller producers from Costers del Segre and Priorat.

Only one Italian producer, Lungarotti from Umbria, is currently being added to their extensive (64-property) Italian range, but the Eurowines team is currently engaged in advanced discussions with wineries in some of the more remote parts of the country.

‘We’re looking to bolster further our Italian selection,’ said Eurowines’ director Leo Addis. ‘There are a couple of regions where we don’t have anything.’

New arrivals are expected to include a producer from Molise, a tiny region north of Naples that uses the Tintilia del Molise red grape. From the other end of the country, it is also hoping to add a winery from the Val d’Aosta, the ski resort area in the Alps north of Turin, famous for its white wine.

‘As long as there are sommeliers who are interested in unusual wines, we’ll keep finding them,’ said Addis.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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