Tejo – Warm days, cold nights – cool wines!

Posted on February 29, 2016 by | No comments yet

Tejo

Meet us at the Portuguese Annual Tasting on Wednesday (2nd March) Tables 86 to 88. 5 producers from the region looking to find business partners in the UK.

Register for the Portuguese Annual Tasting.

Portugal is trendy and a ‘must’ for every shop and restaurant! The Tejo region offers an array of opportunities for buyers. The region is investing in the UK market this year and wants to help its producers find more distribution and business partners. The diversity of wines that the country offers is reflected in this region which has products from entry level to premium wines and for all occasions. Tejo is a region with producers defining its identity and offering products which are just what the market wants.

This is the new upcoming and exciting region of Portugal! Certainly the region where Europe meets the New World.

Masterclass at the Portuguese Annual Tasting

‘Tejo: Warm days, cold nights – cool wines!’
with Charles Metcalfe and Diogo Campilho’ at 4pm on March 2nd
Enjoy a masterclass with Portuguese expert Charles Metcalfe and winemaker Diogo Campilho from Quinta da Lagoalva and taste 6 wines which will give you a real flavour of the region

If you are interested in attending this seminar, please email [email protected] to book a place. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Speakers

Introduction by Brian Howard: Co-founder and Associate Director of Wine Intelligence; Wine Intelligence leader for the Tejo Region International Market Growth Strategy project.

Presentation of the region and the wines by Charles Metcalfe and Diogo Campilho:

Charles MetcalfeCharles Metcalfe
Charles Metcalfe one of Britain’s best-known wine critics, renowned for speaking as well as writing about wine. He is a well-known face on UK television, having spent 12 years as drinks presenter on ‘This Morning’ with Richard and Judy. He has also presented food and drink programmes. ‘The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal’, co-written with his wife, Kathryn McWhirter, won the 2008 Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year Award. He has also written books on matching wine with food. He is one of two wine consultants to the Corporation of London. He is co-chairman of the International WINE Challenge, the world’s best international wine competition.

Diogo CampilhoDiogo Campilho
He was born in Lisbon, but grew up on Quinta da Lagoalva in the Tejo, which was owned by his grandmother. There he enjoyed watching the vines grow and the grapes being turned into wine. In 2002 he graduated as a winemaker from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. In 2003 he returned to Quinta da Lagoalva, as assistant winemaker to Rui Reguinga. From 2003 and 2005 Diogo worked at Oakvale winery in the Hunter Valley, as assistant winemaker. He spent three years in Australia and New Zealand, soaking up all the secrets of Antipodean winemaking, before coming back to Portugal to take over the reins of the family business.

Producers present at the Tejo Corner – Tables 86 to 88

Adega do CartaxoAdega do Cartaxo
We are a cooperative with land extending to 1,000 ha. Our production is around 7 million litres of which, within our diverse range, 70% is red. We believe in our people, investing in them and in the technology we need to create the best wines possible. Genuine and authentic: This describes the wines of the Adega Cooperativa do Cataxo. A high degree of quality which is recognised by wine lovers all over the world.

New wine to discover: Plexus.

Fiuza & BrightFiuza & Bright
Very good quality for an accessible price.

We export 50% of all our production and are keen to find a good partner in the UK.

New vintages to taste: Fiuza Tinta Miúda 2015, Fiuza Alicante Bouschet /Touriga Nacional 2015, Fiuza Alvarinho 2015, Fiuza Touriga Nacional/Merlot.

Quinta da AlornaQuinta da Alorna
Quinta da Alorna combines a long tradition of wine growing and modern winemaking techniques. The estate was established in 1723 by D. Pedro de Almeida, viceroy of India and the 1st Marquis of Alorna. It is now the largest vineyard in the Tejo region (220 ha), growing a wide variety of grapes and producing several nationally and internationally recognised wines. Quinta da Alorna exports around 50% of its production to 28 markets including the US, Sweden, Netherlands, China and Brazil.

Two new wines to discover: Sauvignon Blanc and Alvarinho

Quinta da RibeirinhaQuinta da Ribeirinha
Quinta da Ribeirinha is a family based company. Our vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soil, and we have a dry Mediterranean climate. We combine innovation and technology with the experience and knowledge learned over generations. The vines grow on an integrated production system in which the use of chemicals is minimal, saving the environment and looking after human health.

Quinta do Casal MonteiroQuinta do Casal Monteiro
Established in 1979, Quinta do Casal Monteiro bottles limited production vintages exclusively from its 80 ha property. With an average age of 35 years, the vineyards are located in fertile alluvial sandy clay soil, rooting in an unusual combination and resulting in a low yield production of high quality wine. Moreover, the characteristic of the sub-Mediterranean temperate climate and its proximity to the river Tagus provides the wines with their own singular identity, revealed in both the lush aromas and the complex palate layered by a superb acidity – They are excellent food companions.

Contacts for more information about the producers:

Judy Kendrick and Ana Sofia Oliveira
Email: [email protected]

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JK Marketing ‘Wines of Brasil’ wins IWC Generic Campaign of the Year Award

Posted on October 15, 2015 by | No comments yet

The JK Marketing team won the International Wine Challenge’s ‘Generic Campaign of the Year’ award at the 2015 IWC award ceremony in London for their Wines of Brasil campaign.

Thanks to the Wines of Brasil campaign there has been a very impressive increase in visibility for Brazilian wines. However, the JK Marketing duo haven’t simply increased the visibility of Brazilian wines in the UK but have brought a completely new sector to the market, in a large part thanks to their hands-on approach.” – IWC

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Faszinierendes Weinparadies Brasilien

Posted on February 6, 2015 by | No comments yet

Spätestens seit der Fußballweltmeisterschaft im letzten Jahr hat Brasilien auch als Weinproduzent auf sich aufmerksam gemacht und wird nicht zuletzt durch die Olympischen Spiele 2016 auch weiterhin in aller Munde sein.

Insgesamt gibt es heute mehr als 1100 Weingüter und sechs verschiedene Weinregionen: Serra Gaúcha, Campanha, Serra do Sudeste und Campos de Cima de Serra am Rio Grande do Sul, Planalto Catarinense in Santa Catarina sowie Vale do São Francisco im Nordosten. Das größte Anbaugebiet befindet sich im Vale dos Vinhedos, wo zu zwei Drittel Rotwein angebaut wird. Neben einigen großen Kooperativen sind es vor allem zahlreiche Familienbetriebe, die Weinbau auf höchstem Niveau und mit modernster Kellertechnik betreiben.

Die Rebfläche beträgt ca. 84.000 Hektar und erstreckt sich über vier Bundesstaaten. Wein wird vorwiegend im Süden des Landes angebaut, in Küstennähe sowie im hügeligen Hinterland an der Grenze zu Uruguay und im Nordosten des Landes. Die Lese findet im Februar und März statt. Produziert werden jährlich ca. 41 Millionen Liter Wein. Gut ein Viertel der Gesamtproduktion entfällt auf die Herstellung von Schaumweinen, die entweder klassisch (Champagner-Methode) oder nach dem Chamat-Verfahren ausgebaut werden.

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Der Weinbau begann im größten Staat Südamerikas bereits mit der Kolonialsierung durch die Portugiesen im 16. Jahrhundert, gewann jedoch erst mit der Ankunft europäischer und vor allem italienischer Einwanderer im Jahr 1875 an Bedeutung. Diese brachten ihre eigenen Reben mit und pflanzten unter anderem Touriga Nacional aus Portugal und Teroldego aus Italien an.

Brasiliens Weinpalette ist so facettenreich wie das Land selbst und überrascht durch junge, unkomplizierte Weine, die viel Frucht und eine angenehme frische Säure, einen etwas geringeren Alkoholgehalt sowie eine gewisse Restsüße besitzen. Sie spiegeln Temperament und Lebensfreude der Menschen wider. Neben Muskateller, der sich sehr modern präsentiert und überwiegend für die Produktion von Schaumweinen verwendet wird, findet man vor allem Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon und Tannat vor, aber auch Sauvignon Blanc und Viognier. Bemerkenswert und bislang noch unterschätzt sind gewiss die Rotweine. Brasilien hat in den letzten Jahren mächtig aufgeholt, international an Bedeutung gewonnen und das Potential ist noch lange nicht ausgeschöpft.

proweinAuf der ProWein in Düsseldorf (15.-17. März 2015) präsentieren 10 Weingüter ihre neuen Weine und Jahrgänge. Es gibt viel Neues zu entdecken! Davon können sich Messebesucher auch am „Discovery Table“ überzeugen! Halle 9 J 28 !

Kontaktieren Sie uns, wenn Sie weitere Informationen erhalten oder mit einem der Produzenten einen Termin auf der Messe vereinbaren möchten: [email protected].

Aurora

1931 schlossen sich im Süden Brasiliens 16 Winzerfamilien zusammen, um die „Cooperativa Vinicola Aurora“ zu gründen – und Weingeschichte zu schreiben. Heute sind der größten Kooperative des Landes 1100 Mitgliedsbetriebe angeschlossen, die 57 Millionen Kilogramm Traubengut jährlich verarbeiten. Exportiert wird in mehr als 20 Länder der Welt – Weine, Schaumweine, Traubensäfte und Cooler. Dass Aurora nicht nur am heimischen Markt mit ihren „Brazilian Soul“-Weinen (Merlot, Chardonnay, „Premium Selection“ Tannat und Cabernet) sehr erfolgreich ist, davon zeugen an die 400 internationale Auszeichnungen und 150.000 Besucher pro Jahr.

Basso

Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts wanderte Vitorio Basso nach Brasilien aus. In seinem Reisegepäck führte er neben einer großen Portion Hoffnung auch einige Rebsetzlinge mit sich. Er begann in Flores da Cunha, unweit von Porto Alegre Wein anzubauen. Erst viel später, um das Jahr 1940 gründete Hermindo Basso das erste Familienweingut, das heute unter „Basso Vinhos e Espumentes“ bekannt ist. Zum Portfolio gehören die „Monte Paschoal“-Weine („Virtus“ Merlot und Tannat, Moscatel Sparkling und der Dedicato Tannat) sowie die „Del Grano“-Weine (Cabernet, Merlot).

Casa Valduga

Hochmoderner, innovativer Familienbetrieb mit italienischen Wurzeln, der auf eine 140jährige Weinbautradition zurückblickt. Valduga gilt nicht nur als eines der renommiertesten Weingüter in Brasilien, sondern zählt auch zu den Top-Produzenten und betreibt Weintourismus auf hohem Niveau. Die „Villa Valduga“ umfasst einen eigenen Hotelkomplex, ein Restaurant und eine exklusive Enothek. Die Weine haben mehr als 300 Auszeichnungen erhalten und werden mittlerweile in fünf Kontinente exportiert. Die Hälfte der Produktion macht Schaumwein aus. Weitere beeindruckende Weine aus dem Programm sind der „Storia“ Merlot, „Casa Valduga“ Cabernet Sauvignon, „Maria Valduga“ Brut Vintage“ sowie die Premium-Linien „Leopoldina“ (Chardonnay und Merlot) und “Raizes” (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc und Sauvignon Blanc).

Garibaldi

die in der gleichnamigen Region und 120 km von Porto Alegre gelegene Kooperative wurde 1931 gegründet. Heute arbeitet sie mit 370 Vertragswinzern zusammen. Neben einer Vielzahl verschiedener außergewöhnlicher Schaumweine aus Moscatel und Chardonnay wird auch „Vinho“ Chardonnay und Merlot hergestellt. Auf die “Acordes“-Linie ist man besonders stolz. Neu im Exportprogramm sind die „Amaze“-Weine. Dass der Weintourismus auch hier eine nicht unbedeutende Rolle spielt, davon zeugt das 2014 fertiggestellte Degustationszentrum, das jährlich eine wachsende Anzahl von Touristen anzieht.

Lidio Carraro

Beeindruckende Boutique Winery in der fünften Generation von der Familie Carraro geführt wird, sich ganz der Herstellung von Premium-Weinen verschrieben hat und dabei vollständig auf den Holzausbau verzichtet. Hier wird Weinbau nicht nur auf allerhöchstem Niveau, sondern in puristischer Perfektion („purist concept“) betrieben. Reben werden auf neun verschiedenen Böden angebaut und zu einzigartigen Spitzengewächsen verarbeitet. Vorgestellt werden neben aktuellen Jahrgängen der offiziellen FIFA-Marke „Faces“ der „Agnus“ Merlot, „Dadivas“ Chardonnay und Tempranillo sowie der „Grande Vindima“ Merlot.

Miolo

wurde vom aus Venedig stammenden Giuseppe Miolo gegründet, der 1897 nach Brasilien auswanderte und sein erstes Stück Land, auf dem er Rebstöcke pflanzte, „Lote43“ nannte. Heute arbeiten für die „Miolo Wine Group“ 100 Weinbauern im Vale dos Vinhedos, und die Gruppe zählt zu den größten Weinproduzenten in Brasilien. Das umfangreiche Programm umfasst u.a. „Seival Estate, Rar, Los Nevados“ und „Brazilian Legends“. Zur „Super Premium-Range“ zählen herausragende Schaumweine wie u.a. der „Brut Millesime“ sowie die Rotwein-Cuvée „Giuseppe“ und der „Miolo Merlot Terroir“ sowie natürlich der „Miolo Lote 43“! Neben beeindruckenden Roten werden auch exquisite Weißweine aus Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier und Gewürztraminer gekeltert.

Perini

Das 1928 von Antonio und Giuseppe Perini gegründete Weingut wurde 1970 von Enkel Benildo übernommen, der seitdem konsequent in neue Kellertechnik investiert hat. Heute werden jährlich 12 Millionen Liter Wein und Schaumwein produziert sowie Saft und Grappa. Ganz neu und erstmals auf der ProWein vorgestellt wird eine Sonder-Edition aus der „Macaw-Reihe“, die im Hinblick auf die Olympischen Spiele 2016 kreiert wurde. Der „Macaw Rio“ besteht aus einem Chardonnay und einer Rotwein-Cuvée aus Cabernet und Tannat. Weitere Weine im Programm: „Arbo, Casa Perini, Fracão Unica, Perini Quattro“ sowie zwei Rotwein-Exoten aus Marselan und Barbera.

Pizzato

Beeindruckende Boutique Winery in Familienbesitz, die 42 Hektar umfasst. Reben wurden seit Ankunft von Antonio Pizzato Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts angebaut, jedoch nur in sehr geringem Maße für den Eigenbedarf. 1998 beschlossen seine Enkel Ivo und Flavio Pizzato, ihre Önologen-Kenntnisse und Tradition im Weinbau für die Produktion eigener Weine zu nutzen und gründeten „Pizzato Vinhos e Vinhos“. Bereits im Jahr 2000 wurde der Pizzato Merlot im Rahmen einer internationalen Verkostung zum besten Merlot Brasiliens gewählt. Die Rotweine zählen heute mit Recht zu den absoluten Top-Weinen. Die Trauben werden per Hand gelesen und mit größter Sorgfalt verarbeitet. Neben Merlot wird Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Alicante Bouschet und Egiodola sowie Pinot Noir (vorwiegend für die Schaumweinherstellung) angebaut.

Salton

war das erste Weingut, das 1910 in Brasilien gegründet wurde und gilt heute als der größte Familienbetrieb des Landes. Produziert werden jährlich 18 Millionen Flaschen. Die Weine sind international vielfach prämiert. Elf davon gibt es auf der Messe zu entdecken, die mit beeindruckenden Namen wie „Salton Virtitude“ oder „Parodoxo“ aufwarten. Top-Qualitäten zu wettbewerbsfähigen Preisen bietet die „Intenso“-Linie, die neben einem ausdrucksstarken Cabernet Franc auch feine Gewächse aus Marselan, Tannat, Sauvignon Blanc und Viognier umfasst; und nicht zu vergessen der Sparkling Reserva Ouro! Ganz neu vorgestellt auf der ProWein wird der „Flowers Demi Sec“ – eine Cuvée aus Moscato, Gewürztraminer und Malvasia.

Vinibrasil

wurde 2003 gegründet, gehört zur portugiesischen Gruppe „Dão do Sul“ und liegt im Vale do São Francisco im Norden Brasiliens, unweit des Äquators. Produziert werden Schaumweine sowie Weiß- und Rotweine. Zum Programm gehören die Marken „Rio Sol, Adega do Vale, Rendeiras“ und „Vinha Maria“ sowie der Super Premium-Wein „Paralelo 8“ (Cuvée aus Cabernet, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional und Aragones).

Join Wines of Brasil at SITT 23rd February in Manchester and 25th February in London

Posted on January 26, 2015 by | No comments yet

sitt2015We would love to introduce you to the Brazilian producers who are exporting to the UK, and to one who is looking for representation. As Brazil’s wines continue to gain listings in major retailers, independents and the on-trade we invite you to discover some new wines and to find out what makes Brazilian wines stand out. With another major sporting event in Brazil next year, now could be your time to be prepared and Wake up the Brazilian in your customers!

Where in the world: You’ll find the majority of Brazil’s wine production in the South of the country. High altitude and the cooling breezes from the Atlantic help to make this a region of moderate climate, and wines with naturally moderate alcohol. This, coupled with the wine producers Italian heritage, gives you wines that are ultra food friendly and approachable.

UK is No 1 for Brazil: The UK is now the biggest export market for Brazil and we are proud to have the support of good agents to supply the UK trade, including: Barwell & Jones, Berkmann Wine Cellars, Bibendum, Casa Leal, Go Brazil Wines, Kingsland, Stevens Garnier, Oakley Wine Agencies and Walker & Wodehouse.

At SITT you’ll be able to enjoy the following wines.

Basso, Virtus Moscato, 2013

Imported by: Oakley Wine Agencies
Region: Serra Gaucha
Alcohol: 11.5
Grapes: Muscat
DPD Price £5.34

Lidio Carraro, Dadivas Chardonnay, 2013

Looking for distribution
Region: Encruzilhada do Sul – Serra do Sudeste
Alcohol: 13.5
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay (Unoaked)
About: Recommended by IWC 2015

Campos de Cima Viognier, 2014

Imported by: Go Brazil Wines
Region: Campanha Oriental
Alcohol: 13.5
Grapes: Viognier
RRP: £12.49

Dao Sul, Rio Sol Rosé, 2013

Imported by: Walker & Wodehouse
Region: Vale São Francisco
Alcohol: 13
Grapes: Touriga Nacional-Syrah
DPD £5.30

Miolo, Seival Estate, Alisios, 2013

Imported by: Bibendum
Region: Campanha
Alcohol: 12
Grapes: Tempranillo Touriga
DPD: £5.21

Vinicola Perini, Marselan, 2010

Imported by: Barwell & Jones
Region: Vale Trentino
Alcohol: 12.5
Grapes: 100% Marselan
£9.62

About: 100% Marselan, cross between Cab Sauvignon & Grenache Noir is a rather unusual grape variety for Brazil. Limited production. Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014

Pizzato Reserva Merlot, 2011

Imported by: Barwell & Jones
Region: Vale dos Vinhedos
Production method:
Alcohol: 13.5
Grapes: 100% Merlot
£9.31

About: Limited production of only 12.000 bottles from a single vineyard, aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Gold Medal – Concurso Internacional de Vinhos do Brasil.

Sanjo Nubio Malbec, 2013

Imported by: Go Brazil Wines
Region: Santa Catarina
Alcohol: 12
Grapes: MALBEC
RRP: 13.99

About: These grapes are grown in the highest wine producing region of Brazil at 1,400 metres above sea level, in a highly technologically modern and innovative winery.

Casa Valduga Raizes Cabernet Franc, 2011

Imported by: Berkmann Wine Cellars
Region: Campanha
Alcohol: 13.5
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
DPD £8.50

About: Grapes were grown in Valduga’s own vineyards in the Campanha region, which borders Uruguay. This is Brazil’s oldest vineyard region, as well as its lowest-lying, at 210 metres above sea level; soils are granite and limestone. The grapes were hand-harvested

Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut

Imported by: Bibendum
Region: Campanha
Production method: Methode traditionelle
Alcohol: 11.5
Grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
DPD: £7.25

About: Miolo is one of the biggest exporter of quality sparkling from Brazil. Miolo’s focus is on classic grape varieties unconstrained by complex and outdated quality laws which has meant some genuinely ingenious blends and styles have hit the market. Its commitment to supporting the growth of the Brazilian wine industry is unmatched, Miolo being the largest exporter of high quality white, red and sparkling wines.

Fausto de Pizzato Espumante Brut Traditional Branco

Imported by: Barwell & Jones
Region: Serra Gaúcha
Production method: Traditional Method
Alcohol: 12
Grapes: 93% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Noir
DPD: £9.19

About: Produced using traditional method with manual disgorgement. Gold Medal – Concurso Internacional de Vinhos do Brasil.

Casa Valduga Arte Brut, 2013

Imported by: Berkmann Wine Cellars
Region: Vale dos Vinhedos
Production method: Traditional Method
Alcohol: 12
Grapes: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
DPD £8.50

About: Grapes were grown in Valduga’s own vineyards in the Vale dos Vinhedos. This “valley of vineyards” is a sub-zone of the Sierra Gaúcha region, and was the first area to be awarded DO status in Brazil. The vineyards are planted on fairly steep basalt slopes at 400-800 metres above sea level.The grapes were hand-harvested and then underwent a further selection in the winery. The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation was carried out at 15ºC in stainless steel tanks, using Champagne yeast. The second fermentation took place in bottle, and after twelve months on lees, the bottles were riddled and disgorged.

Salton Intenso Sparkling Moscato, NV

Imported by: Kingsland
Region: Serra Gaúcha
Production method: Charmat
Alcohol: 7.5
Grapes: Muscat
DPD: £6.56

About: Vincola Salton is a family-owned winery founded by Paulo Salton and his brothers. Now, the fourth generation is involved in a variety of fronts. Committed young entrepreneurs with thousands of ideas, they continuously seek new improvements whilst maintaining important traditions. Their wines are of excellent quality, a true point of difference with varietals truly expressive of the quality and diversity available from Brazil.

Vinicola Aurora, Moscato Rosé NV

Imported by: Stevens Garnier
Region: Serra Gaucha
Production method: Charmat
Alcohol: 7.5
Grapes: Moscato Hamburgo and Moscato Bianco
DPD: £6.93
Silver Award in La Mujer Elige, Argentina

Wines of Brasil will also be at Prowein, Vinexpo and the London Wine Fair (where individual wineries will be on their importers’ stands). If you’d like to book an appointment with the Wines of Brasil team or with any of the producers at SITT, or any of these other events, please get in touch with Judy Kendrick or Ana Sofia de Oliveira.

Contact

Wines of Brasil: Roberta Pedreira
Email: [email protected]

JK Marketing (English, French and Portuguese spoken):
Judy Kendrick and Ana Sofia de Oliveira
Phone: 01829 720130
Email: [email protected]

Esoterica exhibitor sales grow 5 fold, significantly due to their participation in 2014

Posted on September 29, 2014 by | No comments yet

Invitation for 2015 opens to current exhibitors in early October 2014 and to new exhibitors in November. New exhibitors should register their interest in advance with [email protected]

Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Article from Harpers

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.

The group unveiled its new look and new wines at London Wine Fair’s Esoterica section, and says the exposure there helped boost sales fivefold.

The firm now has 67 wines from 22 producers in six countries – and added a host of Italian wines to its list.

Red Squirrel already specialised in Italy’s Liguria region, but has now added a host of wines from Piedmont including La Torricella from Monforte and Cà ed Balos (Moscato d’Asti), Franco Mondo (Barbera d’Asti), Pelassa (Roero Arneis) and Tenuta La Pergola (Cisterna d’Asti).

South Australian winemaker David Bowley will see an additional three wines added to his Vinteloper range while Muscadet grower Frédéric Guilbaud makes his debut on the list. There are also two new wines from Ribera del Duero, developed over the past year by Red Squirrel in conjunction with 12-hectare Viña la Loma and Bodegas Vitulia.

Managing director Nik Darlington said wholesale trading has grown sixfold in value year-on-year, with a fivefold increase in value since the London Wine Fair in June 2014. Until this year, Red Squirrel was almost entirely a consumer-facing business. Now it also supplies independent wine shops and on-trade outlets across the country.

Darlington said: “We have never wavered from our commitment to native and alternative grape varieties. Winegrowers get that, and are attracted to what we’re up to, meaning that while we do spend a lot of time travelling and seeking out new gems ourselves, some of our strongest relationships are with people who actually sought us out, Margaret and Jack Reckitt of Clos Rocailleux being a great example. It’s a great privilege that they and other small producers such as Francesca Bruna or Vinteloper’s David Bowley – who make hundreds, not thousands, of cases a year – have put that trust in us.”

Darlington set up Red Squirrel in 2012 and now employs three full-time staff, including Rob Woodhead in sales.

WINES OF BRASIL: UK now NUMBER 1 market as exports show exceptional growth

Posted on June 12, 2014 by | No comments yet

Wines of Brasil has unveiled the recent export figures of Brazilian bottled wines to the world for the first four months of 2014. The UK now takes first place in the roll call of export destinations. The 16 producers currently exporting to the UK notched up US$1.2 million of sales in value and 283,000l in volume. These four month figures represent growth of +224% and +287% respectively compared to the whole of 2013.

In total, Brazil exported US$5.7 million of bottled wines in the first four months of 2014, with the UK alone being responsible for 1/5th of the total. The average price per bottle is now US$4.33.

Those recent figures are as a result of new launches from some of the major retailers as well as the formation of new agency agreements. A full list of producers and their agents can be seen further down this press release.

To sum up what’s happening in the high street:

Waitrose is launching 5 new Brazilian wines…

They are also launching a new category in their stores for the World Cup.

  • Waitrose Brazilian Chardonnay 2013 £8.99
  • Leopoldina Chardonnay 2012, Casa Valduga, £13.49
  • Waitrose Brazilian Merlot 2013, £8.99
  • Riqueza Reserva Pinot Noir Reserva 2012, Miolo Wine Group, £12.99
  • Leopoldina Merlot/Cabernet 2011, Casa Valduga, £13.49

Marks and Spencer has launched 4 new wines…

Marks and Spencer has now launched a full range of 4 new wines.

  • Aracauria Riesling / Pinot Grigio 2013, Miolo Wine Group, £8.49
  • Intenso Teroldego 2013, Salton, £9.99
  • Coconova Sparkling Brut NV, Miolo Wine Group, £8.99
  • Carnival Sparkling Moscato NV, Salton, £8.99

Copestick Murray has recently created and launched a new I ‘heart’ Brasil sparkling Moscato…

Already available at Tesco, Bargain Booze, Rythm and Booze, Londis and Budgens. The 100% moscato (Bianco and Giallo) with 40% of residual sugar has ony 8.5% alcohol and is produced by Aurora winery from the main wine region of the country, Serra Gaúcha.

  • I ‘heart’ Brasil NV, Copestick Murray/Aurora, £9.99

How Wines Of Brasil Is Supporting Its Retailers

This year, the export programme Wines of Brasil has launched a new campaign called ‘Wake up the Brazilian in You’ with a consumer competition to win a trip to Brazil in 2015 (neck-collars on the bottles to promote the online competition available at www.wakeupthebrazilianinyou.com).

Retailers too can get a chance to win a trip to Brazil (in fact to Carnival in 2015) by entering the window display competition which will run during the World Cup. To date 92 different shops have signed up to take part; we are delighted to see so many retailers getting ready to wake up the Brazilian in their customers! Each participant has been sent a POS pack to get them started.

Here’s the up-to-date list of producers and their UK importers:

Aurora
Stevens Garnier: [email protected] | www.stevensgarnier.co.uk

Basso
Oakley Wine Agencies: [email protected] | www.oakleywineagencies.co.uk

Campos de Cima
Go Brazil Wines: [email protected] | www.gobrazilwines.com

Casa Valduga**
Berkmann Wine Cellars: [email protected] | www.berkmann.co.uk

Cave Geisse
Go Brazil Wines: [email protected] | www.gobrazilwines.com

Don Giovanni**
Casa Leal: [email protected] | www.casaleal.co.uk

Don Guerino**
Casa Leal: [email protected] | www.casaleal.co.uk

Garibaldi
Oakley Wine Agencies: [email protected] | www.oakleywineagencies.co.uk

I ‘heart’ Brazil
Copestick Murray Wine Solutions: [email protected] | www.cmwinesolutions.com

Lidio Carraro
South Sea Wine Merchants’: [email protected] | www.southseawinemerchants.com

Miolo Wine Group/Seival Estate
Bibendum: [email protected] | www.bibendum-wine.co.uk

Perini**
Coe Vintners: [email protected] | www.vinicolaperini.com.br/en

Pizzato
Go Brazil Wines: [email protected] | www.gobrazilwines.com

Salton
Kingsland Wine & Spirits/Legacy Wines: [email protected] | www.kingsland-wines.com

Sanjo**
Go Brazil Wines: [email protected] | www.gobrazilwines.com

ViniBrasil/Rio Sol Wines
PLB: [email protected] | www.plb.co.uk/wine

**New Agencies agreed in the last six months

Wines of Brasil at SITT Spring 2014

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Wines of Brasil table at SITT

Wine – Importer

  • I ‘heart’ Brazil – Copestick
  • Miolo brut Millésime – Bibendum
  • Campos de Cima Sparkling Brut 2011 – GoBrazil
  • Don Giovanni Rose Brut – Casa Leal
  • FACES Rosé – official licensed wine for the FIFA World Cup 2014™ by Lidio Carraro – South Sea Wine Merchants
  • Don Guerino Moscato 2013 £11.70 – Casa Leal
  • Sanjo Nobrese Moscato 13% Abv, £8.99 – Go Brazil
  • Casa Valduga Arte Espumante brut de Valduga – TBC
  • Rio Sol White – PLB
  • Salton Intenso Teroldego – Kingsland Wine & Spirits
  • Aurora Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 RRP £8.99 – Stevens Garnier
  • Basso Tannat 2011 – Oakley Wine Agencies
  • Tannat Macaw, Perini – TBC
  • Pizzato Fausto Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 13% Abv, £11.49 – Go Brazil Wines

List of SITT Masterclass Wines

Name of Wine – Style of wine – Importer

  • FACES White – official licensed wine for the FIFA World Cup 2014™ by Lidio Carraro – White – South Sea Wine Merchants
  • Salton Intenso Cabernet Franc – Red – Kingsland Wine & Spirits/Legacy Wines
  • Pizzato Tannat – Red – Go Brazil Wines
  • Geisse Amadeu Brut rosé – traditional method – Go Brazil Wines
  • Miolo brut Millésime – traditional method – Bibendum
  • Casa Valduga Brut 130 – traditional method – TBC
  • Basso Monte Paschoal Moscato espumante – charmat moscato white – Oakley Wine Agencies
  • Aurora Moscato Sparkling Rosé – charmat moscato rosé – Stevens Garnier

Wines of Brasil Importers

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Aurora

Stevens Garnier
[email protected]
www.stevensgarnier.co.uk

Basso

Oakley Wine Agencies
[email protected]
www.oakleywineagencies.co.uk

Campos de Cima

Go Brazil Wines
[email protected]
www.gobrazilwines.com

Casa Valduga

Berkmann Wine Cellars
[email protected]
www.berkmann.co.uk

Cave Geisse

Go Brazil Wines
[email protected]
www.gobrazilwines.com

Don Giovanni

Casa Leal
[email protected]
www.casaleal.co.uk

Don Guerino

Casa Leal
[email protected]
www.casaleal.co.uk

Garibaldi

Oakley Wine Agencies (ex cellar only)
[email protected]
www.oakleywineagencies.co.uk

I ‘heart’ Brazil

Copestick Murray Wine Solutions
[email protected]
www.cmwinesolutions.com

Lidio Carraro

South Sea Wine Merchants’
[email protected]
www.southseawinemerchants.com

Miolo Wine Group/Seival Estate

Bibendum
[email protected]
www.bibendum-wine.co.uk

Perini

Coe Vintners
[email protected]
www.vinicolaperini.com.br/en

Pizzato

Go Brazil Wines
[email protected]
www.gobrazilwines.com

Salton

Kingsland Wine & Spirits/Legacy Wines
[email protected]
www.kingsland-wines.com

Sanjo

Go Brazil Wines
[email protected]
www.gobrazilwines.com

ViniBrasil/Rio Sol Wines

PLB
[email protected]
www.plb.co.uk/wine