H2Vin takes on 25 top Spanish wineries

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Drinks: Drinks, Wines

Former star sommelier Bruno Murciano and the 25 wineries of his de Vinos company are to join boutique UK importer H2Vin.

Matt Wilkin and H2Vin parter, Christian Honorez

Matt Wilkin and H2Vin parter, Christian Honorez

Murciano won Best Sommelier of Spain in 2008 and worked at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Ritz before joining Bibendum as prestige accounts manager. He has spent the last five years working his own small vineyard in Utiel-Requena and setting up his own importing business, de Vino, specialising in Spanish wines.. but found it difficult to commit the time to his agency business.

‘He asked us if we’d take on his wineries, but we want him with us as well,’ said Matt Wilkin, director of H2Vin. ‘He knows the wines backwards.’

The de Vinos range of 25 wineries includes some truly excellent small producers and is a powerful addition to H2Vin’s range. They include the 100-Parker point winery Perez Barquero (Montilla-Moriles), Luna Beberide (Bierzo), Carmelo Rodero (Ribera del Duero), Trico (Rias Baixas) and David Sampedro Gil (Rioja).

‘These are regarded properties in Spain if you are in the know,’ said H2Vin’s director, Matt Wilkin MS. ‘They are definitely somm wines.’

The move, which takes the number of wineries in the H2Vin portfolio from 177 to 202, with over 600 wines, is part of Wilkin’s strategy to ‘take the company to the next stage’.

‘Bruno’s got all these fantastic connections in the Spanish on-trade,’ said Wilkin. ‘We weren’t interested in having these wineries unless he joined us too.’

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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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