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Friday read: The other Caucasus contender

Published:  15 December, 2023

Armenia has a thriving wine industry, as Jacopo Mazzeo discovers, but faces an uphill battle to establish itself on the world stage.


Profile: Les Grand Chais de France

Published:  16 November, 2023

France’s leading producer remains very much a family affair, bucking the notion that big is staid. Andrew Catchpole discovers more.


Italy’s hot topics

Published:  06 June, 2023


Producer Q&A: Haysley MacDonald, TUKU Maori Wine Collective

Published:  28 February, 2023

Launched in New Zealand in 2018, TUKU is the world’s first Maori winemakers collective, bringing together partners producing premium varietals in some of the nation’s most illustrious winegrowing regions: Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago.


Producer Q&A: Tiffani Graydon, Yealands Wine Group

Published:  31 January, 2023

CEO Tiffani Graydon talks to Andrew Catchpole about joining Yealands just ahead of the pandemic and where she’s driving the company now.


Producer Q&A: Tim Lightbourne, Invivo

Published:  03 January, 2023

As Invivo’s Graham Norton partnership delivers its 15 millionth bottle of wine, Andrew Catchpole taps into co-founder Tim Lightbourne’s MO. 


Producer Q&A: Bec Hardy, Bec Hardy Wines

Published:  01 December, 2022

Sixth-generation winemaker Bec Hardy talks to Andrew Catchpole about inheriting responsibility for Pertaringa and Tipsy Hill, her new Bec Hardy label and the demands of upkeeping a family’s winemaking dynasty. 


Producer Q&A: Praisy Dlamini, Adama Wines

Published:  27 October, 2022

Following on from the Her Wine Collection range from all-female South African company Adama Wines, Praisy Dlamini, winemaker and general manager, Adama Wines, talks to Andrew Catchpole about her new Amandla brand, inspiring the next generation and the importance of mentors.


Q&A: Peter Vinding-Diers – the 'viking in the vineyard'

Published:  04 October, 2022

Viking in the Vineyard author Peter Vinding-Diers has had a one-of-a-kind winemaking life. Jo Gilbert catches up with the Danish-born vigneron on his latest venture – a selection of standout Sicilian Syrahs at his Montecarrubo winery.


Producer Q&A: Gabriel Asseily, Château Biac

Published:  25 August, 2022

Gabriel Asseily, co-owner and head of production at Château Biac, talks Andrew Catchpole through the challenges and triumphs of swapping a cosmopolitan life in London to head up a family-bought estate in Côtes de Bordeaux.


Producer Q&A: Andrés Valero, Grupo Avinea, talks organic

Published:  26 July, 2022

Eighteen months into his role as head of sustainability for Grupo Avinea (Argento), Andrés Valero explains to Andrew Catchpole how organic provides a pathway into sustainability.


Producer Q&A: Charles Perez, Mas Bécha

Published:  21 June, 2022

Charles Perez of Mas Bécha is passionate about his local Roussillon climate and soils, but talks up the human touch in the trilogy that constitutes terroir. Andrew Catchpole tunes in among his vines


Producer Q&A: Talking flora and fauna

Published:  19 April, 2022

Quinta da Boeira’s Helena Teixeira talks to Barnaby Eales about microbiology, minimum intervention and shaking up Port classifications.


Q&A: Vanessa Cherruau, Château De Plaisance

Published:  06 January, 2022

Vanessa Cherruau, co-owner and winemaker at Château De Plaisance, picked an interesting time to take over 22ha of vineyards in Anjou’s prestigious Rochefort-sur-Loire region – home to the only Premier and Grand Cru in the Loire – in 2019, just before the pandemic and with a baby on the way. She speaks to Jo Gilbert about past and future, sweet and dry, and why being biodynamic isn’t ‘crazy’ at all.


Bouncing Back Q&A: Jacob Leadley, CEO & winemaker, Black Chalk Wine

Published:  15 December, 2021

Continuing our seasonal Bouncing Back Q&A series, Jacob Leadley takes stock of the challenges and lessons of 2021 and considers the path ahead for the trade.


Producer spotlight: Steve Smith MW, Smith & Sheth

Published:  04 November, 2021

From Craggy Range to Smith & Sheth, winemaker Steve Smith has long been a driving force on New Zealand’s winemaking scene. Always aiming ever higher, he fills Andrew Catchpole in on how it’s going.


Producer Q&A: Niël Groenewald and Zinaschke Steyn, Nederburg

Published:  05 October, 2021

Nederburg is the largest exporter of premium wine in South Africa, carrying a torch as a standard bearer for the country worldwide. Jo Gilbert talks bans, lockdown harvests and mental health resets with two of the company’s leading figures, MD Niël Groenewald and red winemaker, Zinaschke Steyn,


Q&A: Alberto Buratto & Gabriele Stringa, Ferro 13

Published:  22 June, 2021

With quirkily designed labels such as The Hipster, The Gentleman and The Nerd reflecting the personalities behind Ferro 13, this iconoclastic producer also makes wine in a novel way to reveal an engaging benchmark for each region. Andrew Catchpole catches up with two of the co-founders, Alberto Buratto and Gabriele Stringa


LWF: Digital efficiencies helping with the big three – content flow, stock flow, cash flow

Published:  20 May, 2021

A mental shift around harnessing digital capabilities and automation this year has moved businesses towards stock management systems that free up time and capital to focus on sharing information and storytelling with customers.


FMV loses two more from portfolio

Published:  02 September, 2020

Champagne Jacquesson and Roussillon vineyard Le Soula are the latest producers to move its UK distribution from Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV), the wholesale arm of Berry Bros & Rudd.