What a year 2022 has been! This year we proudly introduced 9 new brands, received more than 300 reviews and awards from respected journalists, poured our wine and spirits at 7 festivals, hosted more than 20 tastings, and was visited by 4 winemakers who hosted dinners and met with the trade.
Our New Brands:
This winter, Nino Franco arrived to Australian shores! The highest-rated producer of Prosecco in the world made our lives a lot more bubbly in 2022.
A good sunset can stop you in your tracks – sunsets are natural and organic, just like this wine. Rosy sunset skies and rosé wine, a perfect match.
This wine is the juice of grapes that we picked and squashed in South Australia. The wine was so comfortable in it’s own skin that it fermented itself. It’s so natural that all we did was bottle it.
The Vignoble des 2 Lunes estate in Alsace, France has been owned and operated by the Buecher family for the last 7 generations. Since 2009 the winery has been run by sisters Amélie and Cécile Buecher, the first female head winemakers to run the estate. The two have brought their own vision to the company, balancing between modernization and a respect for tradition.
Becker Landgraf brings together two winemaking families with roots dating back to the 17th century. The winery is Fair’n Green certified and is ran by both Julia and Johannes Landgraf with double the passion, bringing their own visions and mutual inspiration, resulting in J², as seen on their logo.
Ulrich Langguth is proud to not make standard wines, but to instead make steep slope wines. They are passionate about the 2000+ year old tradition of steep slope cultivation, putting in approximately 1300 hours of work per year per hectare on their slopes which range from a 12° incline and go up to an incredible 54° incline with vines averaging from 70 – 80 years old.
Reconquista strives to innovate and create ground breaking mixtures to make them delicious on the palate. Their passion is within the research and development, dedicating a department entirely to the discovery of new aromas and textures that translate into pleasant experiences and sensations. The winery believes that innovation does not have to be at odds with tradition and bring the two together by using traditional barrels and practices with sophisticated machinery and modern processes.
Pablo Martinez began his winery in 1994 behind his grandparents house in Rías Baixas, Spain. The small winery produces only about 40,000 liters a wine per year, Albariño being their most produced variety. As the border of Spain and Portugal quite literally runs through the vineyards, this Franxamar Albariño includes both Spanish and Portuguese grapes.
The Catalan writer José Felíu y Codina began writing a romance in 1876 that would be the origin of a drama that he titled “La Dolores.” It took him 16 years to finish and be preformed in the theater. Since then, the story has been adapted for the opera, musicals and movies and has become a beloved story throughout Spain and other parts of Europe. The story is based on Dolores Peinador, who was a woman from Calatayud, Spain who fell in love with a man her father disapproved of, so he disinherited her.
Out and About
This year we were out and about at 7 different festivals throughout the country including Bubbles Festival, Taste Champagne, Sydney Gin Festival and Sparkling Sydney. Our sales representatives have also been busy out in the trade and hosting more than 20 tastings in bottle shops and venues.
In 2022, we got the pleasure to take 4 of our winemakers around to the trade for winemaker dinners and trade visits. We had such a great time hosting Stephen Cook of Eisenstone, Matteo Apollonio of Mezzacorona, James Kellie of Harewood Estate, and Suzanne Little of The Little Wine Company!