Every winemaking region has special characteristics that make them unique. We are proud to offer a diverse set of selections from across the globe. Below are the countries from which we currently import. Check back often to keep up with the newest additions!
WINES OF AUSTRALIA
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia is the world's fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million liters a year - equivalent to over a billion standard-sized bottles! Wine is produced in every state, where different wine varieties and styles are unique to the climatic differences, topography and soil types. Australia’s wine regions are dense in the southern, cooler parts of the country, especially South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. There are over 130 different grape varieties in Australia, albeit grapes are not native to the continent, the most popular being Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. In recent years, producers have grown varieties from France, Italy and Spain: Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier.
WINES OF ARGENTINA
At one time, Argentina wines were some of the most difficult to come across. The increasing visibility of Argentinian wine reflects not a waning quality, but rather a number of factors including foreign investors' giddiness over unexplored possibilities of the Mendoza wine region (the size of Germany, it has more acreage under vine than Australia and New Zealand combined) and a domestic market that no longer consumes almost 90% of their country’s production (consumption was at 90 liters per person per year at one point!). The increasing popularity of Malbec, a French varietal grown primarily in Cahors and in lesser amounts in Bordeaux, has helped as well. Malbec has found a unique expression in Mendoza’s alluvial sand and clay soils and is especially popular with American and English consumers. The future of Argentinian wines looks to promote Torrontes as the national white grape and the potential for Pinot Noir and Riesling in Patagonia, the southernmost wine region in the world.
Caligiore Ecological Vineyards
WINES OF FRANCE
The history of wine in France goes back to the 6th century BC, almost 2,600 years, which makes it one of the oldest and most respected wine producing countries in the world, and with more than 7 billion bottles of wine made every year and one-fifth of the world’s wine coming from France, it is also one of the largest wine producing countries. Here, the focus is on terroir: with soil types ranging from clay and limestone in the southern part of the country to gravel and rich volcanic soils in the north, plus the cooler climate, French winemakers have learned how to use the combination of geography, topography, and climate to create beautiful, unique, world-renowned wines that tend to be slightly lighter-bodied, with lower alcohol content and a slightly higher acidity. The belief in terroir as a dominant factor in the winemaking process, as opposed to the varietal, is a major reason that the French wine labels tend to emphasize the region or vineyard rather than the type of grape.
Chateau Saint Nabor
WINES OF ITALY
The scale of the Italian wine industry can be daunting - over 1,300 varieties grown among the 900,000+ registered vineyards spread across over 8,000 communes. Learning Italian wine, or even a region such as Tuscany or Piedmont, can be a life-long undertaking. Luckily, even brief explorations are capable of yielding extraordinary tasting experiences with a wide variety of varietals such as Grignolino, Cortese and Barbera, and lesser-known treasures coaxed out of Nero d’ Avola, Lambrusco, Aglianico and more.
Castello Di Gabiano - Quattro Leoni Wines
WINES OF PORTUGAL
Portugal has a rich and diverse wine history that dates back to the Roman times. From vineyards that line its breathtaking shoreline to the high mountain, Portuguese wines are unique from its variety in soil and climate. Look for crisp white wines to elegant reds and everything in between.
Wines & Winemakers By Saven
WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA
The Dutch colonials of 1600’s Constantia can take credit for the earliest vine cultivation in South Africa, but it wasn’t until the end of Apartheid in 1991 that the nation’s wine exporting industry, then stagnant under trading bans placed, began to take off. Today, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, lead the way as South Africa’s most visible examples. Coastal Region districts Paarl and Stellenbosch are the two of the higher quality regions, although innovative winemaking techniques being implemented in Olifants River and the fortified wines of Klein Karoo show promise for the most tenured of New World wine countries.
WINES OF SPAIN
Despite being an established, Old World wine country leading the world in vine acreage, Spain is in a vinous revolution, dramatically improving the overall quality of their wines. Thanks in part to regional efforts from Rioja, Rias Baixas, Priorat, and Jerez to grow and promote high quality expressions of their land – Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha and Palomino, respectively –Spain produces a range of high-value wines that please oenophiles across a broad preference spectrum. With numerous regions concentrating on specific varietals without conforming to a singular expression of their region’s chosen grape, it should come as no surprise if Spain dethrones Italy as the leading wine producer by volume.
Bodegas La Purisima