Founded in 1885, by Italian immigrant Felipe Rutini, Rutini wines is one of Argentina’s oldest and most respected wine producers. Currently the group features several estates in the Uco Valley region as high as 1500 meters and pioneered (in 2008) one of the most technologically advanced wineries featuring optical grape selectors. More recently they have introduced drones to supervise remote vineyard cultivation. Chief winemaker Mariano di Paola has been consistently voted by Decanter, Tim Atkin and other acknowledged wine critics as one of Argentina’s most iconic wine makers & top 30 wine maker in the world (Decanter 2016).
Rutini’s wine portfolio consists of over 20 labels with most of the wines been awarded, both at the low but also high end. From the ultra premium range, the Apartado Gran Malbec, was, in several occasions, awarded as the best Malbec above $50.
Philipponnat Champaign House traces its origins to the 1522 and it is characterised by a long line of custodians of a unique philosophy of making exceptional wines.
Techniques break away from habitual practices & aim at the constant pursuit of excellence. Current owner’s father, Rene, was making legendary wines as Chef de cave at Dom Perignon using the family’s secret recipe. There are 17 hectares of Premier Cru & Grand Cru wines including a south facing landmark 5.5 hectare walled vineyard, the Clos des Goisses.
Production is quality focus & in small quantities and wines are highly recognisable, and character is vinous, unique.
Prieure Saint Jean de Bebian is a benchmark winery, located in the city of Pezenas, in the Languedoc region. It is an Estate with a long history & established reputation which raises the proﬁle of the terroirs producing its wines and of the Languedoc region, as a whole. It traces its origins back to the 11th century, when monks started cultivating vineyards & producing wine. During the modern era Alain Roux was one of the instrumental owners who planted noble grape varieties (sourced from famous chateaux) as well as grape varieties from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. Subsequently, the former editors of Revue Vin de France bought the property and enhanced the quality of viliﬁcation by recruiting acclaimed Australian winemaker Karen Turner.
The current owner, Alexander Pumpyanskiy, purchased Bebian in 2008 & invested considerably in upgrading it with the construction of modern production facilities & a new very sophisticated cellar. Bebian today, totals some 32 hectares of grapevines including some very old one’s producing unique blends unrivaled not only to the Languedoc-Roussillon region but to the whole country. The moto is low yields & ripped grapes coupled with sophisticated technology and bio-cultivation produce exceptional wines.
Boutique, Domaine Meyer Fonne was founded in the late 1800’s by Felix Meyer and is still run by Felix’s great grandson, also Felix. The Alsace based, Domain produces wines with precision, depth, purity, and expression of the terroir. 12 hectares family estate tracing its origins back 3 generations. The Domain is at the village of Katzanthal which is known for its distinctive granite soils. Felix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace who has modernised the winery & developed export sales since taking over. Meyer is a master of blending wine from diﬀerent parcels thus creating complex balanced Cuvees.
Viniﬁcation takes place in large, older foudres (wooden barrels) in conjunction with stainless steel vats for the more aromatic varieties. This gives the wines a delicacy and complexity which is unique to the area
Domaine Holdvolgy in Tokaj. Holdvolgy, Hungarian for “Moon Valley” is the successful realization of the dream of French/Hungarian Lawyer, Pascal Demkó, to create a model winery, releasing his ﬁrst wines in 2011. The winery is located in Mad village, which lies in the heart of the Tokaj region, and extends over 26 ha of vineyards, consisting of 22 historical & 7 Grand Cru parcels. Key to quality is the understanding of the terroirs, hand tending and harvesting of the vines and careful parcel by parcel selection.
The complexity of the soil is reﬂected in the high-quality wines produced which range from amazing dry whites to great sweet ones & Szamorodni
The Gróf Degenfeld Castle Hotel & Winery is nestled among picturesque surroundings in Tarcal, in the heart of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region and welcomes all lovers of great wine. Today this reconstructed historical mansion is a 4-Star Hotel and situated in the middle of a 100-hectare vineyard.
The winery was one of the ﬁrst in the Tokaj region to start fully organic farming producing in 2012 its 1st organic vintage
The Drusian Family has been producing wine for three generations, starting with Giuseppino Drusian in the middle of 19th century. The 200-acre Drusian estate is located in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, two of the most prestigious locations for Prosecco. Today, on the helm of the winery is Francesco Drusian, an innovator who brought technological advancement as well as a passion for the land, as reﬂected in his decision not to use pesticides or insecticides but only organic fertilizers.
The wines are produced using the Charmat (tank-fermented) method, from grapes grown in the calcareous, clay soils of the Valdobbiadene DOCG, the Extra Dry is straw-like in color, with notes of Granny Smith apple and white ﬂowers that turn creamy on the mid-palate and ﬁnish crisp and clean. The “Valdobbiadene DOCG” line expresses the identity of Drusian. The kaleidoscopic label reminds the bubbles’ glitter, while the bottle is shaped as an inverted glass. The quality of the Valdobbiadene DOCG Drusian has been awarded with many accolades over the last years, in Italy and abroad & undoubtedly recognized as being amongst the best Italian sparkling wines