Partner Vineyards

Château de La Cômbe

Château de La Cômbe is a family-owned, boutique vineyard producing a small quantity of organic wines from hand harvested grapes, which reflect the classic terroir and climate of the region.

La Cômbe is situated in southern Provence, near the ancient Roman road, the Via Julia Augusta, which connects Frejus and Vidauban. An area that has been producing wines for centuries.

In 2009, the Château was lovingly restored, the vines replanted, and the vinification cave fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. In 2013, after four years of patience and dedication, the first grapes were finally ready to harvest. And it wasn’t long before Château de La Cômbe’s wines began to be recognised, receiving a number of prestigious awards.

Château de Palayson

Château de Palayson is an award-winning vineyard estate, rich in history. Located in Roquebrune sur Argens, Château de Palayson, nestled in the Roche de Roquebrune (red rocks of Roquebrune).

After buying the estate in 1999, the owners carried out extensive renovation and restoration work. During which, ruins were unearthed, including the ancient walls of the Roman Villa Palaio, dating back to 200BC, as well as the foundation of a Roman mausoleum, from the beginning of the first century.

Maybe the ancient grounds are the reason why Château de Palayson is able to produce such brilliant wines? Using traditional methods, respecting the natural elements of its vineyards, Château de Palayson has received international recognition and awards.

Domaine du Bourrian

Domaine du Bourrian is the oldest of nine vineyards in the municipality of Gassin, on the peninsula of Saint-Tropez, in France. A world-famous region, known for its long hours of sunshine and gentle sea breezes, making it the perfect area for viticulture.

Producing only organic wines, Domaine du Bourrian has won numerous awards at prestigious wine competitions in France, recognised for their distinctive winemaking style.

Fattoria di Montemaggio

The Montemaggio Estate is in Italy, located in the Commune of Radda, in the heart of Chianti Classico region.

What was once a 14th century tower above the old Roman road between Siena and Florence, is now an award-winning vineyard, extending over 9 hectares. It is planted mainly with Sangiovese, as well as small portions of Merlot, Pugnitello, and Chardonnay.

Montemaggio produces very high quality ‘terroir’ wine by planting vines with a very high density per hectare (6250 plants per hectare in some vineyards), which produces low yielding vines, with high concentration grapes. It is this, alongside the great growing conditions, which allows The Montemaggio Estate to produce such brilliant wine.

Clos Du Cotnarian

Clos du Cotnarian was founded by a group of enthusiastic Swedes, with a desire to revive the historical white wines, which the Cotnari region of Romania was famous for 80-100 years ago.

The area around the ‘Catalina Hills’, where the Clos du Cotnarian vineyard is, dates over 4000 years, to the age of the Greek Empire.

Since establishing Clos du Cotnarian, the estate has been gradually expanded and the vineyards developed according to the latest methods, to produce top quality, boutique wines. The climate is temperate, with hot summers, cold winters, good rainfall and a ‘terroir’ in class with the best wine producing regions of France. In 2015, they built a new ‘cave’ and more recently, Clos du Cotnarian upgraded to new, state-of-the-art vinification equipment.

Thierry Perrion Champagne

Thierry and Jessica Perrion are third generation growers of premium Grand Cru-classified grapes, in the village Verzenay, which are sold to the top Champagne houses. The Perrions hold back some of their best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes to produce about 8,000 bottles of premium Champagne for themselves and their valued customers.

UNCLE’S Vineyard

For Andrew Killian of UNCLE’S Vineyard, his journey into winemaking began quite late. He got his nickname ‘Uncle’ during his first overseas harvest – he was 40 at the time, and the rest of the team in their early 20’s – someone called him Uncle, and it just sort of stuck.

After this, he spent five years travelling around the world, making wine, and in 2018, decided to start making his own wines, under the UNCLE’S label. Now, Andrew makes wines in a variety of locations. They are made in very small quantities (1 or 2 barriques), all French oak for the white wines, new and old barriques for the red wines. There are two reasons for this: less new wood influence, and secondly, it was practical.

UNCLE’S wines are made with minimal intervention, mostly natural ferments with little or no manipulation on Andrew’s part. For Andrew, winemaking is about caring and nurturing something beautiful which nature has gifted us.

Weingut Johanninger

Weingut Johanninger was founded in 1994 by the Haas and Schufried families. The vineyards lie in both the popular grape growing regions of Rheinhessen and Nahe in Germany, where they grow a variety of grapes.

Weingut Johanninger is eco-certified, and all wines are also produced vegan. They do not use chemicals; only organic compost to improve the soil and specific measures in the vineyards help to keep the grapes healthy. The grapes are picked and selected with special care during harvest, and they pay great attention to the winemaking process, to create award-winning wines that reflect the terroir.

CLOS JANGLI®

The CLOS JANGLI® vineyard was established by Stéphane Singery, in 2014, and is located in the Luxembourg Moselle, an area rich in biodiversity. The vines sit on south-southwest slopes, with a mixture of clay-limestone soil and a unique subsoil containing gypsum, which gives the wines a rare character and a good dose of minerality.

CLOS JANGLI® has a very natural approach to making wine. Using only organic processes and working with biodiversity as a natural defence against disease, they are able to create the optimal growing conditions for the grapes. The result is grapes of a superior quality that still surprises Stéphane’s winegrower friends.

Originally from Champagne Ardennes, Stéphane has bubbles in his DNA, so set about creating a top-of-the-range crémant de Luxembourg. The grapes are harvested manually, and the second fermentation takes place in the bottle for at least 9 months. He then matures his crémant for 18 to 36 months on the lees. The result: greater aromatic complexity that underlines the extreme finesse of the bubbles. This long-term work has been rewarded with a silver medal at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2019 in England.

Canta Rainette

Canta Rainette

Domaine de Canta Rainette is located in La Motte, Provence. The vineyard was first established in 1958 and has been passed down through many generations. Canta Rainette comes from the little green frogs who have made the Domaine’s natural pool their home. The Rainette (tree frog in English) thus became the Queen of the Domaine, which today covers 30 acres.

The vines are situated on gentle south/southeast facing slopes, and benefit from Provence’s rich climatic and geological advantages. Flooded with sunlight and windswept by the Mistral wind, the vines thrive on this harsh clay-limestone soil, so demanding in terms of toil, but so generous in terms of personality in the final product.

Champagne de Lozey

Champagne de Lozey was founded in 1881 and is today run by 4th generation, Philippe Cheurlin. Located in the famous Côte des Bar, in the south of Champagne, the vines are planted on clay-limestone soil from the Upper Jurassic, which gives the wines their unique personality. Philippe imprints his own style while respecting the roots of the family heritage. He believes it’s a winegrowers duty to protect the environment, and therefore works to be as sustainable as possibly, reducing his impact on biodiversity.

Most of Maison De Lozey’s cuvées are blended with wines that are 10 to 15 years old, using a solera system. Characterized by their purity and great finesse, often with a low dosage, De Lozey champagnes will accompany you for all occasions: as an aperitif or throughout a meal.

Champagne de Lozey
Alves de Sousa

Alves de Sousa

Alves de Sousa is in the Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal. The vineyards cover an area of approximately 145 ha, across different ‘Quintas’, which allows the family to bring character into their wines, due to the ecological diversity, altitude, and microclimate of each Quinta.

For over 30 years, the family has been making wine and port, initially started by Domingos Alves de Sousa, in the early 90s. Domingos, his father and his grandfather had all worked in the wine business, so it was only a matter of time before they began making their own. Now in its 5th generation, head winemaker Tiago Alves de Sousa runs the show, combining traditional, family methods with his own style and modernity.

The quality of Alves de Sousa wines have been widely recognised all over the world. The family has received over 420 medals – 110 of which are gold – and the wines and ports have been praised by many respectful wine writers.

Joseph Cattin & Grand C

Grand C was created by two wine specialists, Axel Wulfken, formerly Marketing Director of Moet-Hennessy, and Jacques Cattin, one of the most acknowledged winegrowers in Alsace. Jacques Cattin is the head winemaker at his family’s estate, Domaine Joseph Cattin, located in Voegtlinshoffen, near Colmar. The 70 hectares of vineyards lie on the foothill of the Vosges, where the attitude varies from 200m to 400m. Mostly facing south and south east, they get maximum sunlight, which is vital for the grapes. Soils are mainly dominated by shell limestone, granite, loam and clay. Together, these factors provide ideal conditions to produce excellent wines and Crémants. We have outstanding wines from both Grand C and Domaine Joseph Cattin, from Crémants to outstanding Rieslings.

Joseph Cattin & Grand C
Château Lauzade

Château Lauzade

Located in Côtes-de-Provence, the estate of Lauzade is a protected site, lined by water springs and the Massif des Maures. The 40-hectare vineyard has 10 varieties of grape, planted on a mix of deep clay and limestone soil, which brings beautiful aromas to the wine. Since Michel Reybier took over the estate in 2021, Château Lauzade has been working on an organic recovery, which means sustainable wine growing and winemaking, without the use of chemicals or pesticides. By 2024 they will be awarded the Ecocert Certificate. At 56WS we have their beautiful Lauzade Rosé 2022, a fresh and fruit-driven wine with fresh mineralogy and a citrusy finish, which has recently obtained an Or à Mâcon award.

Greyfriars

Greyfriars is a family run vineyard, located on the sunny south facing chalk slopes (the same chalk found in Champagne!) just outside Guildford in Surrey. The current Greyfriars Vineyard was originally set up in 1989 and was one of the first in England to plant the traditional Champagne grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier). 30 years later, in 2011, Mike and Hilary Wagstaff took over with the aim of expanding the vineyard to its current size of 40 acres. The vineyards are predominantly planted with the three classic Champagne varieties – just on a much larger scale – as well as small plots of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc. In 2021 they also build a beautiful tasting room, where you can try the wines and take a vineyard tour.

Greyfriars

Tokaj-Hétszőlő

The organic Imperial Estate of Tokaj-Hétszőlő, in Hungary, lies to the south of Mount Tokaj – the undisputed king of Hungarian vineyards. Here, the soil is rich and fertile and has been home to some of the best vines in Hungary since 1502, when the Garai family selected the 7 best parcels – Hét-Szőlő means ‘7 parcels of vineyard’, in Hungarian.

By 1772, the wines of Tokaj-Hétszőlő were already classed as Tokaj Premier Cru – wine this good was never going to stay a secret for long.

The area of Tokaj-Hétszőlő is perfect for not only making dry wines but sweet wines too. The climate lends itself to the development of Botrytis cinerea. A fungus, which when controlled, can create beautifully sweet and concentrated wines, like the Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú.

In all the years of winemaking at the Imperial Estate, artificial fertilisers and herbicides have never been used. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Hétszőlő began the conversion process for organic certification.  Now, all 55 hectares of the vineyards on the estate are cultivated organically.

Maison Shaps

Maison Shaps is located in the famous French winemaking region of Meursault, Burgundy. Founded by French winemaker Michael Shaps, in 2004, Shaps is a ‘garage-ist’ style winemaker, focusing on small vineyard lots from some of Burgundy’s most famous vineyard sites, and making the wines in a more fruiter, bolder style.

Today, Maison Shaps owns close to four hectares in the Cote de Beaune (Volnay, Pommard, Maison Dieu and Bourgogne Cote d’Or), and is managed by Michael’s daughter Hanna.

Michael also owns a winery in Virginia, USA, which he founded in 2007, after spending many years making wine in the region. Not only does he make wine under his own ‘Shaps’ label, he also assists other wineries around the state.

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