International Women's Day — Wine Pack (incl. £7 Donation to Refugee Women's Association)
A Trio That
shines a light on three talented women, while raising money to support the Refugee Women's Association in their mission to empower and enable refugee, migrant and asylum-seeking women and their families with their journey to integration and a new life — £7 per box goes straight to them. Historically, men have held leadership positions throughout the world of wine, but times are changing. More and more women are being promoted to head winemaker positions and starting up their own domaines. Saskia Van Der Horst, Jutta Ambrositsch and Veronica Ortega all launched their own wineries in France, Austria and Spain. Saskia's Ocarina cuvée is a rosé with oomph — darker in hue and textural, this is a serious, gastronomic wine. Jutta's Satellit is our favourite white wine for spring — with beautiful green edges and floral scents. Finally, Veronica's Quite is the perfect entry to her world of old-vine, soulful Mencía.
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The Maker: Jutta Ambrositsch
Graphic-designer-turned-winemaker Jutta Ambrositsch feels incredibly fortunate to be able to tend vineyards in Vienna; having arrived on the scene in 2004, when it was still possible to persuade a winemaker to lease her some of the region’s sought-after acres. Thus, she counts her lucky stars every day when she heads out to the vines with her dog in tow. She knows the soils and every vine inside out, tending them organically, in accordance with Mother Nature’s own rhythms.
The Wine: Satellit 2018
Named after the 21st district of Vienna where it’s grown, Satellit is salty and moreish. A touch of skin contact gives a bright crunchy taste, like biting straight into a green apple taken from the tree.
The Maker: Veronica Ortega
After a stint studying chemistry, Verónica Ortega soon realised that it wasn’t the inside of a laboratory where she longed to spend her days. In fact, it was quite the opposite kind of scientific playground that she had in mind. Her path to the vines began in the magical vines of Priorat—under the esteemed guidance of Álvaro Palacios and Daphne Glorian where she fell head over heels with the world of winemaking. Next, she would find herself working at perhaps the most famous winery in the world, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a rare feat for someone that didn’t grow up amongst winemakers. She says, “I’m sure that Aubert de Villaine, the owner, receives millions of letters from millions of people all over the world wanting to send their daughter or son to work in his vineyards... So I was very, very lucky”. Lucky, or talented? We think the latter.
The Wine: Quite 2018
A wine that goes down far too easily — especially when decanted as this gives it air and helps it to shine even more. Where's the second bottle at?! With plum, blackcurrants and a hint of spice, this is a warming wine that's impossible not to love.
The Maker: Saskia Van der Horst
Sometimes, your gut instinct tells you that you must pursue a certain path in life, but how often are we brave enough to actually take the plunge? Parisian Saskia van der Horst certainly was. Having moved to London to pursue her dream of working in analog photography, she was introduced to the world of wine through her brother and the more she discovered, the more the vast landscape and old vines of the Roussillon kept tugging at her heartstrings. It was enough to eventually persuade her to jump on a plane and fly back to France to study winemaking in Beaune and to set up her own domaine, assisted by a French agricultural grant which helps young farmers. Today, she works across 4.5 hectares of old vines in the Roussillon, tending them biodynamically and working towards a future of agroforestry and polyculture.
The Wine: Ocarina 2019
A dark rosé in all its glory; a rosé that proves just how serious the category can be. Imagine walking through the south of France on a hot summer's day, with the comforting essential oils from the rosemary and thyme floating like wisps through the air.