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Stepp

   
Pfalz, Germany   Lot: 9685 to 9692
     
Gerd Stepp returned to his parents’ family farm where he grew up in the Pfalz after two decades abroad, making wines in Tuscany, New Zealand and South Africa, to name but a few. Gerd has the stereotypically German dogged attention to detail, precision and discipline. At the same time, he is open to new ideas, flexible in approach and is quietly determined to make the best wines. Gerd’s family vineyards are located in the villages of Bad Dürkheim and Wachenheim. He complements these by sourcing grapes from selected parcels further afield. A serious runner, when he’s not in a winery or tasting, he’s probably training for a marathon.

  

Weingut Pflüger

     
  Bad Dürkheim, Germany    
  www.pfluger.de   Lot: 9694 to 9696 
 
Alex Pflüger is a young Geisenheim Universitytrained winemaker. Like Gerd Stepp, he also wanted external experience before joining his parents on the family estate and did internships in Burgundy, South Africa and Germany’s Mosel. With his wife Aline, he now runs the 18-hectare estate, making wines from each of his specific parcels around Bad Dürkheim.
Alex’s father was a pioneer in Pfalz as one of the first growers to work organically. Taking things one step further in 2008, they decided to farm biodynamically and are now fully Demeter certified. Alex focuses on making wines from his estate-grown Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes. He produces wines with longevity and looks to express the different soils and microclimates from each parcel. His philosophy is that “wine is accompanied, but not made”, and remains in awe of how different wines can be when the vineyards are only a few hundred metres apart.

 

Höpler

   
Breitenbrunn Burgenland, Austria    
www.hoepler.at    Lot: 9697 to 9702 
The family estate and winery based at Breitenbrunn in Austria’s Burgenland has been run by Christof Höpler since he took over from his father in 2007. Christof manages 50 hectares of vineyards in the Leithaberg hills on the shores of Lake Neusiedl, having added three hectares in January. The winery has also recently invested in new solar panels installed on the roof of the winery. The panels will provide all the energy required to run the winery, with the excess going to the grid. Unlike many parts of Europe, Burgenland was frost and hail free in 2017, and had an excellent vintage; a relief I am sure. You may remember that this was not the case in 2016 when yields were down 35% due to frost.

  

Winetraders

   
Italy    
www.winetraders.eu    Lot: 9703 to 9709
Canadian-born Michael Palij MW fell in love with Italy and its wines in the 1990s and never looked back. As founder of Winetraders, he is the “man on the ground” constantly seeking out the latest exciting developments. We offer a selection of some famous names and some lesser-known.

 

The Wine People

   
  Veneto & Tuscany, Italy    
  www.twpwines.com   Lot: 9711 to 9714
 
 
Stefano Girelli comes from a traditional winemaking family in Trento in northern Italy, and has interests in other regions of Italy. Many years ago, he teamed up with Tuscan Stefano Chioccioli, a renowned consultant, and together they created The Wine People.

 

Le Vigne di Sammarco

   
  Brindisi - Puglia, Italy    
  www.levignedisammarco.com   Lot: 9715 to 9720
 
The long thin region of Puglia, in Southern Italy, extends into the sea as the country’s “heel”. Le Vigne di Sammarco, in the little town of Cellino San Marco, is halfway down the heel on the Salento peninsula, with the Adriatic Sea on one side and the Ionian Sea on the other. The warm summer temperatures from this southern latitude are tempered by constant sea breezes and the proximity of the sea. The Rizzello family own and farm 180 hectares of bush vines close to Cellino San Marco.

 

Poggio Graffetta

   
  Sicily, Italy   Lot: 9721 to 9724
       
 
The Poggio Graffetta estate is located close to Ispica on the south of the island of Sicily. The southernmost tip of the island was once a coral reef and the soils at Poggio Graffetta are rocky and calcareous. Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island and has a distinctly Mediterranean climate with bright sunshine, limited rainfall and breezes blowing in from the sea. Like the other islands, it has been invaded and fought over throughout history with each era leaving its mark, going back to Ancient Greeks, who introduced Vitis Vinifera to the island.

 

Avenue

   
  Italy   Lot: 9725 to 9737
       
 
A selection of wines from around Italy curated by Werner Walch. Werner’s family, based in the Alto Adige, have been growers as well as wine merchants in Tramin for centuries.

 

Cinciano

   
  Poggibonsi, Italy    
  www.cinciano.it   Lot: 9739 to 9742
 
Cinciano is a world of its own within Tuscany. A medieval hamlet on the outskirts of the industrial town of Poggibonsi, it looks across to the picturesque medieval towers of San Gimignano. Valerio Marconi produces wine from approximately 30 hectares of Sangiovese vines planted on the hill and olive oil from the surrounding groves. Not only are the wines good, the estate has renovated accommodations, making it a great place to relax and/or act as a base from which to visit Tuscany. Their Osteria 1126 also serves delicious dishes made from Cinciano produce.
   
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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