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Enotria adds three agencies

Published:  08 October, 2018

Enotria & Coe has added two new additions to its portfolio – Aussie producer Chaffey Bros and Kir-Yianni from Greece, while Italian winery Brancaia has returned to the fold.

Chaffey Bros champions Riesling, Shiraz and Grenache from Eden and Barossa Valleys with an emphasis on artisan, small-batch wines made with minimal intervention, while premium Greek producer Kir-Yianni’s grow vines at its home in Naoussa, north western Greece, in addition to some at higher altitude in nearby Amyndeon - the country’s coolest-climate vineyards.

Describing Chaffey Bros as the "exciting new face of winemaking" in Australia, Australian buyer, Maggie Macpherson, said: “The Chaffey Bros aren’t afraid to try something new, and for me, this is what new wave Australian wine is all about.”

Chaffey Bros' white all had a beautiful floral note about them, making them "equally elegant and quaffable", while the reds were “punchy, balancing razor-like acidity with purity of fruit”, she added.

Sergio de Luca, director of buying for Italy, said he was “extremely proud” to welcome Chianti estate Brancaia back to Enotria’s portfolio.

“Brancaia is like a prodigal son to us (or us to them). Many years ago, we were the proud agents for this top Chianti Classico, and then our paths went in different directions. Over the years I continued tasting their wines and Brancaia remains one of the top producers in its region,” he said.

With the addition of Kir-Yianni, Enotria was choosing to champion the indigenous grape varieties that Greece has to offer, said Greek buyer Richard Lewis.

“The calling-card of Kir-Yianni is Xinomavro. Often compared to Nebbiolo, it makes structured red wines with complex red fruit flavours but truly has a personality all its own.

Ramnista - a pure Xinomavro, is the flagship wine of the estate, has also been listed with Enotria alongside Kali Riza from Amyndeon – an ethereal, perfumed expression from old vines.

“Kir-Yianni wines, made from Assyrtiko, are exceptionally fresh, mineral wines that offer great value,” said Lewis.

Last month, Enotria joined forces with Viña San Pedro Tarapaca Wine Group to push the Chilean wine category in the UK.

As part of the collaboration, the supplier took on the exclusive UK distributing rights for the 35 South, Sideral, Tarapacá and Viñamar brands from the Chilean producer.