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FMV adds Vigneti Tardis to its Italian portfolio

Published:  08 April, 2019

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has extended its Italian portfolio with the addition of Vigneti Tardis.

The new partnership includes FMV becoming the exclusive UK distributor of the wine, which was launched in 2018 as a collaboration between sommelier and restauranteur Jack Lewens and Bruno di Conciliis of Viticoltori di Conciliis from Cilento, Campania.

Welcoming Vigneti Tardis to the fold, FMV said "Lewens’ significant experience” as a sommelier and restauranteur had given him "great insight" into what customers enjoy drinking.

“In a region normally known for producing big powerful wines, these are a more delicate, less extracted interpretation. Italy continues to offer incredible quality, variety and value and Vigneti Tardis is sure to be a massive hit with our customers,” said Matt Smith, Italian buyer for FMV and Berry Bros & Rudd.

Lewens, who got to know di Conciliis during his time as sommelier at River Café, worked his first vintage in Campania in 2007 and has been out every year since.

Keen to produce his own wine, Lewens convinced notable members of the London food and wine scene to back his plan, with Ed Thaw (Leroy), Michael Sager (Sager & Wilde, Fare), Stevie Parle (Rotorino, Craft London, Palatino) and Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House, St Leonard) all having a stake in the business.

The partnership was “thrilling for everyone involved, said Lewens. “Moving into wine production is a dream fulfilled for me personally, but you soon realise that the process is only as good as every link in the chain and distribution is no less important than another single aspect."

FMV currently stocks a trio of the producer’s wines - 2017 Venerdi Fiano Malvasia Bianco, 2018 Martedì Aglianicone Rosso and 2017 Sabato Aglianicone Rosso, with the rest of the range available from the end of May.