Domaine Alain Graillot
On a cycling holiday in Morocco, he discovered vineyards along the Atlantic Coast, in the Atlas Mountains, in the Zenata region. In spite of only 20 hectares of vineyards, it has relatively cool climate due to the ocean breezes and an altitude of 500m. The vines are between 10 – 40 years old. The vines are farmed organically with no usage of herbicide or fungicide treatment to the vineyard and all works are done by hand, which reduces damage to the grapes, resulting in an elegant and intensely concentrated Syrah. Alain crafted this red wine as a fruit-forward Moroccan red, yet it is made in an old-world style with moderate extraction, excellent balance and complex aromatics.
Domaine Ouled Thaleb (est. 1923) has been reborn as a modern Moroccan winery over the past two decades. The Moroccan wine industry has evolved and modernized, and much of this with the assistance of French vignerons Domaine Ouled Thaleb’s “Syrocco” is a fascinating collaboration between Alain Graillot, of Crozes Hermitage in the Northern Rhone, France, and Jacques Poulain of Domaine Ouled Thaleb. Graillot was drawn by the potential of this dry, coastal region, which is located on the Atlantic side of the country just south of the city of Rabat. Although the daytime temperature is very hot, the evenings are cool, allowing grapes to ripen and build both acidity and complexity. Moreover, the alluvial/limestone soils are similar to his native Rhone soils, where Syrah vines thrive. All vines are worked manually and the dry climate makes the region suitable for organic farming. The de-stalked grapes are subject to a short soaking, and then 60% of ageing is carried out in French oak barrels.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.
The House was established in Reims in 1843, by Joseph Krug, a visionary non-conformist with an uncompromising philosophy. Having understood that the true essence of Champagne is pleasure itself, his dream was to craft the very best Champagne he could offer, every single year, regardless of annual variations in climate.