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Justerini & Brooks to distribute Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez in UK

Published:  29 January, 2019

Justerini & Brooks has added Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez to its portfolio.

It described Raúl Pérez as “one of Spain’s most inspirational winemakers” and said it would be handling the UK distribution for his “most notable projects”.

These will be presented to sommeliers, retailers and private clients for the first time at Justerini & Brooks’ portfolio tasting on Wednesday 6 February at Somerset House.

“Raúl Pérez is a bona fide winemaking icon and his ever-evolving range is one of the most consistently exciting in Spain,” said Mark Dearing, Justerini & Brooks' Spain buyer. “His arrival brings a new, innovative edge to our Spanish portfolio and we can’t wait to get going.”

A Bierzo native, Pérez began winemaking at his family estate Castro Ventosa before embarking on his own projects in 2004.

Justerini & Brooks said Pérez is a “widely respected viticulturalist known for his innovative and collaborative nature, and his continuous drive to protect historic vineyards in Spain’s northwest. Furthermore, Pérez acts as a consultant across Spain and partners with a number of leading growers both domestically and abroad.”

Pérez said he was “absolutely thrilled” by the new partnership. “Justerini & Brooks is a historic importer in the UK with a fantastic trajectory and I’m very much looking forward to us working together for many years to come,” he said.

Justerini & Brooks will offer two Bierzo ranges: Ultreia and La Viscaina de Vinos, with access to the tiny-production bottlings from Ribeira Sacra: El Pecado and La Penitencia, and a white from Rias Biaxas: Sketch Albarino.

Justerini & Brooks was established in 1749. It is the largest UK importer of fine wines from Burgundy, Barolo and Germany, and has long-standing relationships with properties in Bordeaux, the Rhône, the Loire and Champagne.