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Raymond Reynolds imports Pico Wines via zero-emission sail vessel

Published:  09 February, 2023

Pico Wines and their UK importer Raymond Reynolds have announced the first shipment of wine from the Island of Pico, the first to the UK in over 80 years.

The wines will be transported from Pico Wines’ Word Heritage terroir in the Azores wine region in Portugal via a traditional sail-cargo vessel.

Raymond Reynolds, a specialist importer of wines from Portugal (mainland and islands) to the UK, has been committed to developing sustainable partnerships for over three decades.

In order to preserve the Azores region, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic ocean, Raymond Reynolds has partnered with Timbercoast, a zero-emissions shipping business. 

Operating a 44 metre gaff schooner Avontuur, the wines were shipped across the North Atlantic to Shoreham in Sussex.

The unloading took place on the morning of 6 February and the wines are available from indie wine merchants across the UK.

The wines that were shipped are:

Rola Pipa 2020

Arinto dos Acores 2021

Terrantez do Pico 2021

Verdelho 2020

Licoroso dos Acores 10 Anos

Raymond Reynolds are hosting Spring Tastings in Manchester and London and will also be present at The Big Fortified Tasting.

Raymond Reynolds Spring Tasting, Manchester - Register

Date: Monday 27 February

Location: The Beeswing, Manchester

Raymond Reynolds Spring Tasting, London - Register

Date: Monday 27 March

Location: Diogenes the Dog, London

The Big Fortified Tasting - Register

Date: Thursday 20 April

Location: Church House, London