When it comes to diversity and inclusion there is so much we can all learn from the actions and inspiration of others. Like the steps that Chris and Andrea Mullineux have taken at their award-winning South African winery, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines to both involve and reward all their permanent staff by sharing the profits of a new wine brand, Great Heart Wines, with them. Sumita Sarma talks to Chris Mullineux about how the scheme works and the other steps the winery is taking to help develop and support its team.
So what now? This is the question winemakers throughout France are asking themselves after the devastating crop losses of April’s frosts. What is the strategy for the future? and how can losses be mitigated moving forwards? Tim Ford, co-founder and MD of Domaine Gayda in the Languedoc, assesses the impact of the ‘cruellest month’ and considers how this affects his plans to expand in the region.
Bordeaux is full of Chateau owners and families who have been born not just into wine, but some of the best places in the world to make it. Not Jean-Luc Thunevin. His success in Bordeaux has come through all his own work, starting as a garagiste winemaker, before developing Chateau Valandraud from half a hectare of land into a first classified growth of Saint Emilion. Richard Siddle talks to him about his extraordinary life that has taken him from his home land of Algeria to become one of Bordeaux and France’s most celebrated winemakers and influential producers.
There is a strong family – and female – bond at Château des Arras, which sits in Saint Gervais, just outside Bordeaux, as it is run by sisters Anne-Cécile and Marie-Caroline Rozier who have been in charge of winemaking since their mother, Claudine, took over the estate in 1993 following the death of their father and husband. Together all three now run a successful and organic independent winery, along with gites and bed and breakfast business. Richard Siddle talks to Anne Cécile and Marie-Caroline Rozier about their family and nature-driven winemaking philosophy.
Henners head winemaker Collette O’Leary says what keeps her awake at night is also one of the best things about the job: wondering what her wines are doing in their tanks. There is arguably no conventional route into English winemaking, but if there is, O’Leary didn’t take it. She started in corporate PR, but is much more content over in East Sussex making wines by the sea. Jessica Broadbent caught up with O’Leary about Henners’ exciting expansion and new branding, making wine with the French, and surviving the pandemic.
Each year, the E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund in collaboration with the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation awards 24 women in the wine trade an educational scholarship totalling $80,000. The scholarships, which will empower and support the professional development of the next generation of women in the wine industry are supported by an annual donation by E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine platform. Richard Siddle sat down with Florencia Gomez, the winner of the $10,000 Master of Wine Scholarship.
On the surface, you might not expect Hungary to have so many women winemakers. But, in the Tokaj region, there is a much higher percentage than in other parts of the country; not only winemakers but also women owners of wineries. World expert on Hungarian wine, Caroline Gilby MW, digs a little deeper into the subject, talks to some of the top winemakers to see if she can uncover the reasons why this region is so much further ahead.
The interest in Greek wine continues after a decade in which wineries here have almost tripled in number. It has been the switch to championing indigenous grapes and the improving quality of the wines that have been the main drivers. As the standard-bearers start getting into their Sixties so a new generation is taking over with firmer financial footing and a healthy appetite for pushing the envelope. Justin Keay talks with leading producer Stellios Boutaris, who heads up Ktima Kir-Yianni in Macedonia, northern Greece and last year took over the running of Domaine Sigalas in Santorini.
It was tasting some bottles of Clos des Lambrays from 1918 that convinced new winemaker Jacques Devauges of the strategy he needed to adopt when taking the reins at the great estate in Morey St Denis. Based upon this tasting he has split the clos into 11 parcels, employed a ‘parcellaire’ approach to the vinification and maturation, has made them organic, started biodynamic farming, introduced a new wood regime and way of using whole bunch. And this in just two years. Peter Dean had an audience, tasted some of the different parcels as well as the final Clos des Lambrays 2019 wine.
During the pandemic one of the fashion world’s most famous sisterhoods launched a new Prosecco brand, Della Vite. Cara, Chloe and Poppy Delevingne always wanted to go into business together and say that Prosecco has always brought them together, so launching a new Prosecco brand seemed like a logical idea. Getting to run the operation is general manager Clara Latham, who was one of the key drivers behind the influential no-alcohol brand Seedlip, who explains to Jessica Broadbent that the same ‘disrupter’ mentality is at work here. In the case of Della Vite, however, they are not inventing a new category, but rather reinventing one that is carrying a lot of baggage.
Brenae Royal says the inspiration for her future career in viticulture and agriculture stems directly back to the many hours of enjoyment she had planting flowers and picking weeds alongside her grandmother. She soon began raising pigs and joined Future Farmers of America (FFA). While still in high school, her grit and determination eventually earned her an academic scholarship to study crops and horticulture science at California State University. By 2015, she was named ranch manager for the Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma County that grows grapes for E&J Gallo-owned Louis M. Martini’s single vineyard wines, as she explains to Richard Siddle.
Even a successful career working for a top a management consultancy in Paris could not prevent Maud Negrel returning to her spiritual roots in Provence and her family’s Mas de Cadenet estate in Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire. Here she talks on International Women’s Day about how her new life in wine, and working with her brother, Matthieu, as the seventh generation of this winemaking family.
What they teach you at college and what you do in real life are two completely different things – especially when you’re making wine. First-time winemaker Chris Wilson ponders this as he tries to work out how to get a tower of glass bottles into his tiny windmill basement, aka Gutter & Stars, Cambridge’s first ever winery. The excellent course he took at Plumpton College has taught him how to make wine, but what about the physical nuts-and-bolts and the workarounds? Part 6 of our continuing series on how a wine journalist puts his money where his mouth is and actually becomes a winemaker.
The Hospices de Nuits charity auction may not currently have the same status as the Hospices de Beaune, but for fifth generation Burgundy winemaker, Laurent Delaunay, it offers huge potential and opportunity for buyers to access some of the highest quality wines being made in this coveted wine region. Here he explains why he is hoping to promote not just the auction, which takes place on March 14 to a wider international audience, but give potential buyers the chance to buy his own pre-selected cuvées from the auction and age the wine in his Burgundy cellars.
The main theme for this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 is #ChooseToChallenge and to “help forge a gender equal world” by celebrating women’s achievements, which is very much the spirit The Buyer hopes to capture with a series of profiles of leading female wine producers and winemakers starting here today with Madeleine Premmereur who is now playing her part in helping Château Barbebelle, in Aix-en-Provence be one of the world’s most respected rosé producers.
To help celebrate its 150th anniversary, Flemish brewery Duvel Moortgat decided to pay homage to its ‘devilish’ past by releasing a new beer that carries the ‘number of the Beast.’ Duvel 666 is a gently-bitter brew that came about after last year’s collaboration with Belgian microbrewery IJ, and is aimed at a younger demographic and those who are daunted by high strength Belgian beers. Peter Dean got the full story.
As a bulk wine pioneer with an enviable reputation for thinking big on sustainability, Lanchester Wines has come a long way from its founder Tony Cleary’s living room 40 years ago, but its latest project is deliberately small-scale. Vintrigue Wines is a bespoke brand, focused exclusively at independents, with a determination to support the sector. David Kermode spoke to Steve Machin, its national account controller, to find out what makes it different.
When Wine Future last took place in Hong Kong 2011 you had to be there to hear what was said. This week the 2021 revamped online version of the four day conference is available to us all from the comfort of our own homes. Here Gonzalez Byass’ global marketing director, Eugeni Brotons, explains some of the branding and marketing challenges that he will be covering during today’s digital and social media session.
Hotfooting it back from South Africa before quarantine came into effect, Geoffrey Dean reflects on his experiences there. One winery he visited, Babylonstoren, in the Simonsberg-Paarl ward, represented some hope amongst the troubles in the country. Throughout the pandemic the estate has managed to keep all of its 300 staff, and sales are up 20-30%, despite the lack of international visitors to its acclaimed gardens. Dean talks to cellar master Charl Coetzee about how they have achieved this.
Holsten Pils, Radox bubble bath and Ski Yogurts don’t on the face of it have anything to do with each other. But they do for former Greene King pub chief, Euan Venters, who earlier in his career helped introduce and make them household brand names in the UK. Here he explains to Richard Siddle why he now wants to bring those big brands skills to help the new team behind the revamped Hofmeister, relaunched as an authentic Bavarian Helles lager.