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.