New at Bibendum

SwinneyBibendum's buyers are always looking for the best and most interesting products. From Argentina to Australia, and Italy to Greece, our latest portfolio additions tick all the boxes. Below are six new – and very exciting – producers to look out for.  


Cantina del Vermentino - Italy

Cantina del Vermentino in Sardinia is the newest Italian producer you should pay attention to. Its Vermentino has been discussed excitedly in wine bars and restaurants up and down Italy for years, but its never gained much recognition outside the country. In being as little like a modern wine company as possible, they continue to create wine with a true sense of place. The range includes Mamora Vermentino di Sardegna and Funtanaliras Vermentino di Galura.

Pasarisa - Argentina

In a bid to showcase Argentinas diversity, Laura Catena, fourth generation of the Catena Family, created the Pasarisa  wines to highlight the exciting regions. From the north of the country in Salta the range includes a Torrontes and Cabernet Sauvignon. This region is framed by mountains and boasts an even higher altitude than Mendoza. Although it is closer to the tropics and therefore warmer, the vineyards are shaded by hills. Further to the south towards Mendoza is La Rioja. This terroir is perfect for the Pasarisa Syrah, which thrives on the combination of sunlight, mineral-rich soils and cool mountainous nights. Encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America is Patagonia, where the elegant and refined Pasarisa Merlot and Pinot Noir are produced. The vineyards here are planted to the centre of the region on a lower altitude, with dry, windy and cool conditions.

Vina Ventisquero - Chile

Head winemaker Felipe Tosso joined Vina Ventisquero in 2000. After seriously considering alternate careers as a tennis pro and classical guitarist, he elected to enter the wine business, describing it as “one of my big passions because it’s more than work – it’s a lifestyle”. His winemaking travels have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, back to Concha Y Toro in Chile and then finally to Vina Ventisquero. In 2003, Felipe began a close collaboration with former chief winemaker of Penfolds, John Duval, in the production of iconic wines Pangea and Vertice, a partnership that continues to this day.

Cantine di Tufo - Italy

Traditions are powerful things and in Naples, they are stronger than most. Just outside the city walls, Mount Vesuvius looms. You still get a sense of its size from the vineyards at Cantine di Tufo in Campania. The vines, some of which laid down their roots centuries ago, creak against the wind that blows in from the sea. Owners come and go but the vines have been a constant on the land. The LaMarca family are the present custodians.This family had modernisation in mind when they bought the vineyards and the grapes are now treated with the respect they deserve. Considering the native varieties have been around so long, it shows they are still relevant in the modern world. The Terre del Principato range includes Falanghina Campania, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo.

Kir Yianni - Greece

What started in 1997 as a fresh expression of Greek wine is now one of the most advanced wineries in the country. Research and development programmes dedicated to unlocking the potential of Xinomavro, the local grape variety, are a prime focus. And it’s working. In a country where the vinous history can be measured in thousands of years, Kir Yianni is a worthy successor. Founder Yiannis Boutaris is part of Greece’s oldest winemaking dynasty and is now feted as ‘a beacon’ for progressive politics in his current role as Mayor of Thessaloniki. Son and heir to Kir Yianni, Stellios, is responsible for radical technological improvements in both the vineyard and winery. Our Kir Yianni range includes Paranga Roditis Malagouzia, Paranga Merlot Xinomavro Syrah, Dyo Elies Syrah Merlot Xinomavro and Ramnista Xinomavro. Our Market Insights team have found that Urban Professionals are very interested in trying new regions and grape varieties – these wines could offer a real point of difference to your list.

Swinney – Australia

Frankland River is one of the most remote agricultural areas in Western Australia. A series of in-depth studies on the soils where crops had grown for decades showed that vines would flourish. So in the mid-1990s, Matt Swinney took the plunge and established vineyards. The climate in Frankland River is closer to some of the top European vineyards than any other Western Australian winery. Frost and sea breezes, rather than blistering heat, are the challenges faced by Matt and his team. The varieties and blends at Swinney are where the family has the edge. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer all take pride of place at Swinney. These form the white Ingenue Tirra Lirra blend – an ingenious wine, with the kind of aromatic profile you’d expect from top class German examples. With the only bush vine Tempranillo and Grenache in Western Australia, these vineyards show just how differently Matt and his team operate. This is evident in the quality of the Ingenue Tirra Lirra red blend.

Speak to your Account Manager to taste any of these new wines.

23rd November 2015

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