Wine merchant news: Jascots tucks four sustainable producers into portfolio

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Jascots brings wines of four sustainable producers to the UK

Jascots is ramping up its sustainability efforts by introducing the wines of four environmentally-conscious producers to the UK on-trade.

Among the wines making a debut are the biodynamic offerings of Mas des Caprices in Fitou; still wines and ports from the family-owned Vieira da Sousa estate in Dour; organic, rare (Xarel.lo Vermell, Sumoll) indigenous Catalan varietal wines and  traditional-method cavas from Can Descregut; and both dry and sweet wines from award-winning Hungarian producer Zsirai.

‘We welcomed each of these four producers to our portfolio based both on the exceptional quality of their wines and because as people and companies they also share our commitment to sustainability,’ said purchasing and channel strategy director Adam Porter. ‘These growers combine sustainable vinification and low intervention winemaking with redefining regional traditions.’

The wines from these producers will launch at Jascots’ autumn tasting event on 25 September – register here and try them for yourself.

13.08.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Domäne Wachau moves distribution to Gonzalez Byass UK

Gonzalez Byass UK is taking over the distribution of Austria-based winery Domäne Wachau in this country.

Renowned for its Grüner Veltliner, Domäne Wachau draws on some of the best vineyards on the steep terraces of the Wachau.

Martin Skelton, managing director of Gonzalez Byass UK, said: ‘We have been blown away by the amazing quality of Domäne Wachau’s wines. They are a fantastic addition to our portfolio and we know they will be enthusiastically received by our customers throughout the trade.’

Domäne Wachau wines will be available from Gonzalez Byass UK from 1 September 2018.

30.07.2018 – Dave England

Bancroft Wines expands portfolio with Austrian winery Brokenwood

Bancroft wines is now representing Australian producer Brokenwood, after Negociants UK folded in May.

Brokenwood was founded by Sydney-based solicitors John Beeston, Tony Albert and renowned wine critic James Halliday in 1970.

Based in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Brokenwood’s strategy of sourcing from ‘all the right regions for all the rights reasons’ has seen it expand its offering to include wines from Mclaren Vale in South Australia, Margaret River in Western Australia, and Orange in New South Wales.

‘Brokenwood grew from a family and friends winery into a world-class operation and one of Australia’s most respected producers,’ said Bancroft Wines’ buying director Barney Davis.

30.07.2018  – Dave England

Mastroberardino joins FMV’s Italian selection

Fields, Morris & Verdin has announced that it is augmenting its already heavy Italian portfolio with wines of Mastroberardino, the family-owned winery hailing from Campania.

The producer has a long history in the region. Founded in 1750, Mastroberardino concentrates on working with and preserving native grapes varieties like Aglianico, Fiano, Piedirosso Greco and beyond.

Accordingly, FMV will offer a range of wines that reflect this focus. Wines on offer include the 2017 Mastro Greco, 2011 Radici and 2017 Morabianca.

Mastroberardino joins a number of other Italian wineries in the FMV portfolio: Giovanni Rosso, Luciano Sandrone, Monte Bernardi and Lis Neris already distribute through the supplier.

10.07.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Tortuga gains exclusive rights to Xeco Wines

Fresh-faced Tortuga Brands is quickly bulking up its portfolio, this time with the addition of sherry company Xeco Wines.

Xeco is relatively new on the scene, launched by an all-female team in September 2017 – but its sherries are produced by a family-owned bodega in Jerez that was founded in 1876. Now the brand is kicking things into high gear by handing Tortuga the exclusive rights for the UK distribution of its sherries, which currently include a fino and an amontillado.

Tortuga is already working with brands such as William Barentsz Gin, Raven Rare Blended Scotch Whisky, Dark Matter Spiced Rum and, most recently, Lambay Irish Whiskey. Xeco is the distibutor’s first foray into the sherry market.

09.07.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Delicato switches from Bibendum to Bancroft

From 1 August, Bancroft Wines will be plumping up its portfolio with the addition of Delicato Family Vineyards, which has, to date, been looked after by Bibendum.

Delicato is the seventh-largest exporter of Californian wines and its brands include Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Brazin, Stone Barn, and Black Stallion Estate Winery, which won the IWSC trophy for Best USA Wine Producer in 2017.

Family-owned and operated, Delicato is one of the fastest-growing wine companies in the US, with over 1,700 hectares of vineyards across Lodi, Monterey, and Napa Valley.


Hallgarten & Novum grows Kiwi portfolio

Hallgarten & Novum Wines‘ Kiwi portfolio continues to grow: The merchant  has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights to Marlborough’s Lake Chalice Wines, bringing the brand to the UK off- and on-trade for the first time.

The deal adds ten wines – four Sauvignon Blancs, one Pinot Gris, one Riesling, a Chardonnay, a Merlot and two Pinot Noirs – from three Lake Chalice ranges to Hallgarten’s New Zealand selection. These ranges, dubbed ‘The Nest’, ‘The Falcon’ and ‘The Raptor’, are produced by winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen in the central Wairu Valley.

Lake Chalice itself is part of the Saint Clair Family Estate, a family-owned and -operated winery that purchased the brand in 2016.

Saint Clair is already tucked away in the Hallgarten New Zealand portfolio along with Rockburn Wines from Central Otago.

Kate Malczewski – 22.06.2018

Like brother, like brother: FMV takes on Rafael Palacios’ wines

It’s all in the family at Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV): the distributor is now the exclusive UK trade supplier of Galician wine producer Rafael Palacios, whose wines join those of his brother Álvaro Palacios at FMV.

The supplier adds Rafael Palacios’ 2017 Louro de Bolo Godello and 2016 As Sortes Val do Bibei to its Spanish portfolio.

‘We are delighted Rafael is joining our portfolio of already exemplary producers,’ said Catriona Felstead, Berry Bros & Rudd’s wine buyer for Spain.

‘His vision and passion for the vines and wines of this far-flung corner of the north-west of Spain has driven many to emulate him. He is a truly inspirational winemaker.’

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Wine Rascals takes on its first Canadian wine

Canada continues to make its presence known in the UK market as The Wine Rascals becomes the latest distributor to take on an Ontario-based wine company.

Henry of Pelham is a family-run winery in the Niagara Peninsula that focuses on crisp whites and bright, berry-rich reds. Wine Rascals is adding the winemaker’s still and ice wines to its portfolio, following in the footsteps of suppliers like Flint Wines, which recently brought Canadian wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella on board.

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski

Kingsland Drinks joins forces with Schmitt Söne

In a major win for the UK supplier and its portfolio of German wines, Kingsland Drinks has secured exclusive distribution rights for Schmitt Söhne, one of Germany’s biggest wine producers.

Schmitt Söhne already has a significant presence in the UK, its second-largest export market. By uniting with Kingsland, the family-owned winery seeks to bolster its distribution for both retail and the on-trade – and Kingsland hopes to meet an increasing demand on the home front.

‘Our recent proprietary research, WinePRO, indicates clearly that the UK taste for sweeter and lighter wines is growing,’ said Neil Anderson, marketing director at Kingsland.

With Schmitt Söhne best known for its Riesling range, the winery is well-suited to help Kingsland meet this demand.

13.06.2018 – Kate Malczewski

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