The Kooyong estate was established in 1995 by the Alyward family on the cool, ocean-influenced Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the Port Philip Estate, where all the wines are made with state-of-the-art equipment and eco-friendly practices. In 2004 the property was sold to Giorgio and Diana Gjergja, who also own the Port Phillip Estate. The cool climate and excellent location of the 20-hectare Kooyong vineyards make it ideal to grow varietals such as Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Winemaker Sandro Mosele makes expressive and site-specific wines in small volumes here. They specialise in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the wines are fresher than classic Australian styles. The fruit is sourced from three vineyards: Red Hill, planted in 1987, with 9ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and small plots of Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz; Tuerong, planted in 1996, 40ha of mostly Pinot Noir, a large amount of Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris; and Balnarring, planted 1997, with 12ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Great care is taken in the vineyard with canopy management to control vigour and crop thinning to increase fruit quality and concentration, and the grapes are hand harvested. Sustainability is a key objective and only natural fertilisers and ecologically acceptable pest and disease control practices are employed in the vineyards while water reclamation systems are in place to turn waste water into irrigation.
All fermentations are spontaneous, using only ambient yeasts, and the reds are unfiltered before bottling. Some whites are also bottled unfiltered, but all are unfined.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.