Claude is a Rhone Valley winemaking specialist. He's been producing some of the regions easiest drinkers for over 30 years.
After graduating as an Oenologist, Claude headed straight to the vineyards to kick start what has now become a life-long mission to champion the Rhone's terroir and it's local grapes - Grenache and Carignan.
Grenache has a special place in Claude's heart, there's just so much potential and versatility bundled up in one small grape. In the hands of the right winemaker (*cough* Claude *cough*) it finds the perfect balance between fruit and freshness, making for super easy-drinking and refreshing tipples that ages with next level elegance.
Françoise and Baptiste grew up Limoux, a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. Both born into winemaking families and growing up with , the hustle and bustle of a busy harvest comes second nature to them.
After both leaving Limoux after finishing school - Francois to work for L'Oréal in Paris, and Baptiste to travel the world - both were inevitably drawn back to the vineyards of their childhoods.
They're a pair of some serious pedigree - Françoise is a seasoned pro who made her first vintage back in '96 an Baptiste has travelled the winemaking world over, visiting over 800 estates in 25 countries, tasting around 10, 000 wines in the process. Together they make fabulous, traditional Mauzac which is made exclusively in Limoux.
Mario and Simona are born winemakers - the TLC they put into just one bottle is enough to leave most mere mortals needing a good lie down. They are a father and daughter duo who thrive under the preassure of a busy harvest - in fact the whole family rolls up their sleeves to support them, with Simona's two younger sisters and Mario's wife on hand to help run the winery itself.
With winemaking roots harking back four generations, their drive has been handed down the years and centres around their love for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It's one very small grape that represents a whole lot more for Mario, Simona and their family winery.
'The path is never easy. There are many difficulties to face and sometimes the strength is lacking, but the love for this job is greater. Our greatest joys are our customers and seeing their faces smile and appreciate our wines is our greatest achievement.'
When we asked Angels what was on their shopping list for 2021, the response was a resounding 'more Italian reds please'! Your request for something rich, flavourful and deluxe caught the attention of Winemaker of the year and all round hero, Stefano di Blasi, who knew just the man for the job.
That man? Mirko Sella, head winemaker at San Cassiano, a family owned winery in Italy's Valpolicella region. His whole winemaking life has been dedicated to making authentic wines for San Cassiano - with 20 harvests under his belt, this definitely isn't his first rodeo.
This is super small production, boutique winemaking in all its glory. They are currently a 5 person strong team that includes Mirko, his wife Frederica, and his father Gino - and the real kicker? They do everything by hand. The results do not dissapoint, Mirko's reds are intensly flavoursome and easy-drinking, with all the tannic complexity and general Oomf! you could ask for.
Rueda has been host to some of Spain's favorite vineyards since the 10th century - established it may be, but pretentious and fusty it certainly ain't. Reyes is one of a handful of the bright young winemaking lights who've made Rueda a name that every self-respecting Spanish wine drinker knows and loves.
Reyes has been working in Rueda for a decade and has dedicated herself to making refreshing, versatile wines with the regions native Verdejo grape at their heart.
Over the last 30 years Verdejo has seen a huge revival all over Spain thanks to winemakers like Reyes who are working to give this unsung hero the platform it deserves. These are fresh and lively wines made from exceptionally high quality old vines, using ingenious and enterprising new techniques.
Virginie and Philippe are a father daughter duo with winemaking in the blood, it's kind of just what the Bernards do... and you bet they do it well. In 1918 the family bought a small plot of land near Dijon, and now 4 generations down the line, what was once a small family Vineyard stretches over 19 hectares.
Philippe, one of 8 and Virginie, one of 4, both spent their childhoods surrounded by the vines and picking odd jobs in the cellar - it's simply a matter of tradition. But there was no teenage rebellion to be found here - whilst both father and daughter have moved away from the family vineyard, Philippe to pursue Oenology and Virginie to work in food, neither could resist returning to the winery and continuing it's legacy.
It turns out the pair make one hell of a team who are utterly dedicated to every last inch of the process, from the vine to bottle. They exclusively use traditional methods of winemaking that they have been honing in the Domaine du Clos Saint-Louis for going on five generations. This is small scale winemaking at it's best.
Herbert has been at the reigns of his family estate in the Weinviertel (Austria's most sought after winemaking region) since he was just twenty. Another twenty years on and he's one of the most sought after Veltliner producers in the world, grabbing the interest of big shot wine critics like Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson.
Dedicated to the sustainability of his wines, Herbert uses biodynamic farming to make sure he's feeding back into the land rather than purely taking from it. It's all about keeping it natural and ignoring passing fads. You won't catch Herbert compromising his style for anyone.
He lets the land set the trends for him, creating sophisticated natural wines that speak to the robust structure and bright zippy flavours that make Weinviertel wines so vibrant and distinctive.
I arrived in Burgundy from the South of France in 1989, at the time I was a grape picker for the domaine Guy Bocard. I stayed working with Guy for 13 years before leaving to seek new challenges with some big names in and around Burgundy, such as Maison Louis Jadot, Hubert Lamy, Mestre Michelot.
When Guy retired in 2020, he asked me to step up to the plate and take over of his Vineyard - I absolutely jumped at the opportunity. I have so many good memories working for Guy - afterall, it was Guy who gave me my start in winemaking and taught me almost everything I know… Returning to take charge of the vineyard makes me feel as though the circle is completed, back to my roots.
I have always been passionate about the culture of the wine and I bring a lot of care to the organic and agroforestry method, which is a hugely important part of my process. I put my whole heart into every single vine, so you can be assured that each wine is made with true passion and love .
Hermano was discovered by your Archangels at the London International Wine Fair 2011 and his wines have taken pride of place on Angel wine racks ever since (those Archangels know a good thing when they taste it).
Having been born and raised in the Portuguese wine industry, there is nothing this man doesn't know about how to get the best from the local grapes! In fact, his family have been working in Lisbon's wine and agriculture for generations, a tradition that Hermano was keen to continue... his first harvest was when he was only six years old!
With his passion for Portuguese wines & drive to make top quality wines whilst keeping them great value for money, we couldn't wait to add him to the list of Naked winemakers
Fronton has been home to Anne and her family since the 16th Century, a southwesterly French region that also happens to be home to some of the first vines in France, planted by... the Romans. We guess you could say it's a well established set-up.
With an ever decreasing number of family owned wineries in the area, what the Arbeaus have is a true jewel. Not only is it the oldest winery of its kind in Fronton but the dedication they have to representing their region and doing it sustainably, is a rare thing indeed.
Anne and her family work with local producers they've been in close partnership with for years to turn local grapes like Negrette into powerful wines that sing with all the fruit forward, aromatic hallmarks of their landscape.
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