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Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz

The Rebholz estate, in the southern Pfalz region of Germany, is a pioneer in organic and natural winemaking. The estate has been certified organic since 2005 and practicing biodynamic since 2006. This tradition continues with the current generation; Birgit and Hansjörg Rebholz together with their children Hans, Valentin and Helene work as close to nature as possible. In an effort to promote a healthy ecosystem and to protect the environment, they forgo the use of herbicides, synthetic fungicides and mineral fertilizers. They use only organic and biodynamic techniques and materials that promote healthy plants, helping the vines grow strong and prosper naturally. While these methods involve more time and effort, it is a price they are willing to accept in order to best protect and preserve the biodiversity within their vineyards.

There are three distinct terroirs in the estate’s vineyards. In the “South-Pfalz”, where the estate is located, limestone terroir rules and it is ubiquitously present in one part of the Im Sonnenschein vineyard where Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and to lesser amounts Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muskateller are planted. In the Ganzhorn, a small parcel of the same site, the estate’s Riesling excels. It performs the minor miracle of exquisite peach, apple and apricot aromas sourced from colourful sandstone. Last but not least there is the Kastanienbusch with its rocky, rusty-red soil of the true primary rock from the lower strata of the “new” red sandstone. It simply produces some of the greatest dry Rieslings not only in Germany – but anywhere.

The estate’s 22 ha are farmed biodynamically with a production of about 10,000 cases.

Matthieu Barret

Installed since 1998, Matthieu Barret, 45 years old young winemaker, exploits 20 ha planted on terraces exposed towards the Levant in “Cornas” appellation. On this soil, made up of very degraded old granite named “gore”, Matthieu Barret has the ambition to create 100% grape‘s terroir wines.

“High wines are made of “simples” grapes. Any winemaking, even perfect, cannot create what we can get on a natural way. Grape holds this “magic”. So, we cannot destroy it. Our winemaking is “flexible” to let wine to do as it likes in order to express its soil and its vintage”.

Domaine Nicolas Mariotti Bindi

The Domaine Nicolas Mariotti Bindi produces organic wines from Corsica. Nicolas Mariotti Bindi produced his first vintage in 2007 in his cellar named Cantina Di Torra, in Oletta. Today, he cultivates 7 hectares in organic agriculture, each parcel being worked to produce a singular wine, worthy of its terroir. Some of the plots benefit from the Patrimonio PDO.

The vines are worked with the greatest respect for the soil, to allow it to regenerate during the winter and to limit erosion. Nicolas Mariotti Bindi’s experience in Burgundy and his personal convictions led him to carry out a massal selection, and thus multiply the vines bearing the best fruit, as well as those which seem to be the most interesting for the balance they give to the wine. The grapes are harvested by hand and put into 500 litre bins to avoid crushing. The wines are natural, only sulphites are used in low doses, below the thresholds allowed for natural wines, displayed on the label. The vinification is carried out in stainless steel and egg cement vats. The wines of the estate are fleshy and velvety, of high quality and unfailing consistency. Delicious in their youth, notably because of their frankness of flavour, they know how to age.

Mas Des Agrunelles

Frédéric Porro was an aspiring Motorcross rider until an accident left him in a wheelchair. His disability led him to a new passion – wine – after his sister asked him to put together the wine list for he restaurant. From that moment on, he became devoted to the grape. Mas des Agrunelles came about from his collaboration with Stéphanie Ponson – owner of Mas Nicot – in 2005 near Murles in Languedoc.

Stéphanie et Frédéric met in 1999 while studying enology in Montpellier. The name of the estate comes from the fact that there are a lot of wild sloe trees around the vineyards and sloe is ‘Agrunelles’ in old occitan. The couple make wine with the same diligance and passion as other biodynamic winemakers have before them, such as Didier Barral and Olivier Julien. It all began with experimentation, trial and error- but they quickly moved from organic vines to a fully functioning biodynamique vineyard and winery. They are proud to produce natural wines of high quality.

Poivre D’ Ane

In 2013, three friends with knowledge and a passion for wine founded their own “house committed to natural wines”.

Based in the hearth of Languedoc, a house committed to natural wines. To put it simply, they are wine merchants. But with a twist! they called themselves Poivre d’Âne, indeed. And their eco-friendly wines are clean and additive-free. They create a special bond within their winemakers network like Rhone Valley and Provence to select plots and grapes with standards of excellence, but all amidst one philosophy: offering living wine cuvées. Bearing a social and political message from day one, Poivre d’Âne and its nonconformist winemakers decided on excluding chemicals from their activities. Instead, they are relying on natural yeasts derived from the grape itself and low levels of sulfites.

Seckinger

Founded In 2012, by brothers Philipp (vineyard), Jonas (cellar) and Lukas (organisation) who work hand in hand organically cultivate 14 hectares of vineyards, having completed their conversion to Biodynamic in 2018. All wines are fermented spontaneously, mostly in large and small wooden barrels completely without technical wine treatment agents. The youngest winery in Niederkirchen, the brothers grow Riesling, Weißburgunder, Grauburgunder and Spätburgunder with sustainability and respect for the land in the forefront of their production. Using spontaneous fermentation and minimal intervention, Seckinger shows an exciting character to the varieties. ‘We completely do without technical wine treatment agents, as we rely on the independence of our wines.’. In 2019, Jonas Seckinger, who produced his first wine at 17 years old whilst experimenting with an old wooden press in his parents garage, was nominated as newcomer of the year.

Francesco Cirelli

Abruzzo is an exquisitely charming region on the Adriatic coast that has thrived with viticulture and winemaking for thousands of years. Francesco calls the region of Abruzzo home, though his initial career took him to northern Italy and studies in business administration. Around the same time, there was an undying need to be tied to agriculture, the land of his home in Abruzzo. He founded Azienda Agricola Cirelli in 2003.

The region’s main grape varieties are Montepulciano and Trebbiano, the king and queen of Abruzzo, remaining the native varieties, even having been cultivated there for thousands of years. The wines have been organically certified since 2006, a mere three years after the winery was founded. More and more, Francesco has been incorporating biodynamic practices, continuing to emphasize the importance of returning to traditional small farming. The goal was never to be just a winemaker, but rather to have a mindset including a full circle of life.

Matthieu Barret

Installed since 1998, Matthieu Barret, 45 years old young winemaker, exploits 20 ha planted on terraces exposed towards the Levant in “Cornas” appellation. On this soil, made up of very degraded old granite named “gore”, Matthieu Barret has the ambition to create 100% grape‘s terroir wines.

“High wines are made of “simples” grapes. Any winemaking, even perfect, cannot create what we can get on a natural way. Grape holds this “magic”. So, we cannot destroy it. Our winemaking is “flexible” to let wine to do as it likes in order to express its soil and its vintage”.

Maison Harbour

Maison Harbour was founded by the couple, Nicolas and Colleen Arbor, in 2012. Born in different parts of America, they both moved to Europe as a child. Nicolas and Colleen met the last classes of the school, which they visited in Luxembourg. Upon completion of the school, the future spouses worked in the financial industry, but after the wedding they decided to realize their common dream and win winemaking in one of the most prestigious corners of France – Savigny-le-Bon, located in the heart of the Côte d’Or region. Upon arrival in Burgundy, Nicolas and Colleen entered the winemaking school in Bonn. Nicholas took up the development of winemaking technologies, Colin paid attention to the commercial side of the matter.

Before receiving the diploma, the couple opened their winery, named Meson Arbor. Spouses Arbor buy material for their wines from local farmers and produce them in their small factory, where there are only a few stainless cans and French oak barrels. The enterprise started work with the release of 4,5 thousand bottles of five denominations in 2013. At the moment, there are already 8 wines from Maison Harbour, among which you can find representatives of the most prestigious Burgundian appellations.

Deep Down

Founded by Clive Dougall, who was Winemaker at Seresin Estate for 12 years, and Peter Lorimer, who promoted boutique New Zealand brands around the globe with his company the New Zealand Wine Portfolio, Deep Down is about honest wines forged with intuition and heart. Offering Sauvignon Blanc, Arneis, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir (sulphur free) produced with intuition and heart. From land farmed with care, and vineyards managed with respect, in an incredible region deep down in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Organic, small batch, wild ferment, single vineyard wines crafted with honesty and low or no additions. Wines of transparency and place

Jean Paul et Charly

Nestled in the small village of Villie-Morgon in the wine-producing region of Beaujolais, Jean-Paul Thevenet is leading his family’s winery in the third generation. His son Charly joined him in 2008 and they’ve been converting the 5 hectare Domaine according to organic and biodynamic principles ever since. Charly is also making wines under his own label from neighbouring Grand Cru Regnie

Alpha Box & Dice

Based in McLaren Vale, South Australia, Alpha Box & Dice are embarking on an Alphabet of Wine. Each ‘letter’ embodies an individual winemaking project, with the end goal being a complete collection of wines that celebrates the diverse styles and varieties found in South Australia’s famous wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. Since its beginning in 2008, AB&D has become a champion of South Australia’s alternative – particularly Mediterranean – varieties, exhibiting innovation at every step of the process by bending traditional winemaking norms.

Adelaide local Sam Berketa joined Alpha Box & Dice as Head Winemaker in 2016 at just 26 years old, where he has evolved the existing legacy of wines and created new ‘letters’ under his unique winemaking philosophy. While the Alphabet of Wine is not yet complete, Alpha Box & Dice continues to evolve and grow, constantly finding new ways to be innovative and creative with how wine can be produced, displayed and consumed.

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