Jean-Marie Guffens is a brilliant, peerless and eccentric winemaker known in some circles as a “Master in the art of Chardonnay”. According to critics, he is the best producer of white burgundy. To which Guffens responds: “Exaggerated, everyone else is just worse.”
Jean-Marie Guffens has three wineries: Domaine Guffens-Heynen, Château des Tourettes, and Maison Verget. Domaine Guffens-Heynen the couple’s personal estate and original winemaking project, set up in 1979 after the pair moved from their native Belgium to learn winemaking. Domaine Guffens-Heynen and Verget are located in Maconnais, while Château des Tourettes is in the Luberon region in the southeast of France. Jean-Marie Guffens’ wines from Maconnais and Luberon have acquired a solid reputation, with diamond-polished cuvées that are always very pure, rich and tense.
The Verget brand brings together a superb range of appellations, encompassing wines from various villages in the Maconnais. These villages include but are not limited to: Macon Vergisson, Macon Bussières, Macon Charnay, and Saint-Véran. The Verget portfolio is based largely on Chardonnay, from generic Macon-Villages all the way up to a trio of single-vineyard Pouilly-Fuissés. Highly regarded wines from Chablis and the Côte d’Or complete the Chardonnay line-up. Although buying must (not yet fermented grape juice) is an old custom in Burgundy, instructing the farmers on how to work the land and harvesting the grapes at a time of the buyer’s choosing was not. However, this became the key to success for Maison Verget.
The wines are created to highlight the specificities and nuances of each terroir, and prevail as the best of the Maconnais. Although Guffens has a sharp tongue and some of his comments seem to suggest a certain arrogance, Guffens often has his tongue firmly in his cheek and he is just as hard on his own wines as he is on those produced by his colleagues. Despite his incendiary flamboyance, the heart of Guffens’ success lies in that humble, old-fashioned virtue: hard work in the vineyards.
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.