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Based in London, Armit Wines has a reputation as one of the UK’s leading Fine Wine merchants, recognised for the quality of its portfolio with several exclusive agencies in the UK including Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Bruno Giacosa, Querciabella from Italy as well as established icons of the fine wine world such as Château Lafleur, La Rioja Alta S.A and Mendel Wines.
Not to rest on its laurels, Armit have spent the last year continuing to push the range forward with rising stars such as Domaine Bart and Domaine Trapet-Rochelandet from Burgundy, Davide Fregonese in Piedmont, Momento in South Africa and Terroir Sense Fronteres in Montsant.
Since its inception in 1988, Armit Wines has never been afraid to break the mould. The founder, John Armit, played a key role in transforming how the wine industry operates, pioneering the practice of buying directly from producers and building long standing relationships. John stepped back from the business in 2008 and sold a majority share to Dutch group Baarsma, which was bought in its entirety by Invivo Wine in 2017. In July 2019, Invivo bought the last remaining shares and became the complete owner of Armit Wines. This new arrangement has allowed Armit to return to operating entirely independently and autonomously in the UK with the added financial backing and support of the French group.
The agency business operates alongside a Fine Wine private account management team, a trading arm and significant reach in the off and on trade, supplying top restaurants and retailers across the UK. This unique, multi-channel approach offers the agencies an unparalleled reach across all sectors of the UK wine trade.
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Provence’s Domaine Mapliers joins Armit Wines’ French portfolio
Armit Wines has added Domaine Mapliers from Provence as another of its exclusive distribution partners and is now able to supply their premium rosé wines to the UK market.
“We are delighted to add Domaine des Mapliers to our collection of iconic producers. Due to our trading results over the last 12 months, and following a range review, Armit Wines is now in a position to increase our offering by adding unique producers, making wines full of personality and exhibiting the credentials of sustainable and ethical production along with credible quality driven wines. We are all incredibly excited to be representing such an exclusive producer who is a newcomer for the region and for the UK market. We look forward to sharing it with wine lovers in the top UK on-trade accounts,” says Armit Wines managing director, Brett Fleming.
Domaine des Mapliers is owned by the Gallo Family. The vineyard is located in the heart of Provence Varoise, the vines are spread hillside, south facing, on a calcareous clay soil at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, bringing to the wine a unique freshness. Domaine des Mapliers is cultivated in total respect of nature. The soils are treated gently with a mechanical weeding and ploughing. The estate is certified Organic.
Armit wines will work with the two rosés of the Domaine; the Côtes de Provence AOP. ‘Preference’ that is the lighter style, convivial and cheerful. While ‘Abacus’ is a more solid and gastronomic style.
Nicolas Clerc MS and brand manager at Armit Wines, adds: “I have been following the estate since their 2018 vintage. I have witnessed a serious increase year after year on quality and precision. 2020 is simply superb for both wines. This is the right time to bring them on board as we have been looking for a serious producer in Provence for some time and we are now very happy to have found one of the best producers in the region.”
“At Domaine des Mapliers, our main focus is to produce the highest quality wine with special care to our land and the environment. We love sharing our passion and we want to be in business with people who share our values; That is why we are extremely excited to partner with Armit Wines, as they are becoming our exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom. Armit Wines team has a huge experience in the wine industry, great track record, impressive dedication and values. They are not only our distributor but a very important partner and we are grateful and humbled to work hand in hand with such an incredible firm,” says Nathalie Gallo of Domaine des Mapliers.
The two Domaine des Mapliers rosés are now available from Armit Wines: 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé ‘Preferences’ is priced £14.28 per bottle 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé ‘Abacus’ £20.50 per bottle.
Mendel Wines signs up to Armit Wines
Mendel Wines, a family-owned winery that represents the union of Roberto de la Mota, one of Argentina’s most respected and experienced winemakers with the Sielecki family, has signed a partnership with Armit Wines Ltd as its exclusive distributor in the UK.
Brett Fleming, managing director for Armit Wines, said: “Mendel Wines has been awarded and recognied by the most prestigious international wine experts, journalists and magazines around the globe. As a premium producer expressing terroir driven wines that truly illustrate their own story, they are exactly the right fit for Armit’s longer term vision. We are thrilled to partner with Mendel Wines to grow their iconic wine portfolio in the United Kingdom.”
Diego Surazsky, CEO of Mendel Wines, added: “In our search for a regional partner, we quickly came across Armit Wines Ltd as a leading player in the UK’s fine wine business. Our two companies share the same values with regards to premium brand building and are committed to long term, sustainable, growth. We are excited to partner and look forward to unleashing the full potential of our wines in the UK market”.