The Gonzalez Byass wine story began in Jerez in 1835, when young entrepreneur Manuel María González started out as a wine trader. Rapidsuccess led him into wine production, helped by his uncle José Ángel, known affectionately as Tio Pepe, after whom he named his first solera. Almost 200 years later it is still very much a family concern and is now in the hands of the fifth generation of winemakers. Today the family owns 14 wineries, producing premium wines and spirits in Spain, Chile, and Mexico, where they are fully committed to preserving the natural environment for the generations to come.
Gonzalez Byass UK is a subsidiary of the historic González Byass business, distributing the considerable portfolio of wines and spirits from Spain and beyond, as well as wines from a carefully selected handful of other complementary brands from around the globe.
“At Gonzalez Byass UK we all share a passion – for great wine, great service, great experiences, but most of all for great relationships. We love what we do, and there’s nothing better than sharing a great glass of wine and good times with customers, suppliers and colleagues.”Melissa Draycott Managing Director
BERONIA RIOJA SPAIN
FINCA CONSTANCIA TIERRA DE CASTILLA SPAIN
VINAS DEL VERO SOMONTANO SPAIN
SINGULAR ESTATES: SECASTILLA SOMONTANO SPAIN BLECUA SOMONTANO SPAIN PAZOS DE LUSCO CONTADO DE TEA SPAIN FINCA MONCLOA TIERRA DE CADIZ SPAIN DOMINIO FOURNIER RIBERA DEL DUERO SPAIN TXOMIN ETXANIZ SPAIN
VILARNAU PENEDES SPAIN
GONZALEZ BYASS SHERRY JEREZ SPAIN
CROFT TWIST UK
QUINTA DO NOVAL DOURO PORTUGAL
CHAMPAGNE DEUTZ CHAMPAGNE FRANCE
DOMAINE ZIND HUMBRECHT ALSACE FRANCE
DOMÄNE WACHAU WACHAU AUSTRIA
DISZNÓKŐ TOKAJI TOKAJ HUNGARY
VERAMONTE: RITUAL CASABLANCA CHILE PRIMUS APALTA, MAIPO CHILE
WIRRA WIRRA (INC ASHTON HILLS)
JACKSON ESTATE NEW ZEALAND
NEIL ELLIS SOUTH AFRICA
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La Rioja, a region steeped in history and influenced by the free - flowing river Ebro and striking Cantabrian mountains. The tiny village of Ollauri lies within the decorated sub - region of Rioja Alta and was chosen almost 50 years ago to be the home of Bodegas Beronia.
Founded in 1973 by friends with a passion for fine food and the shared desire to produce wines worthy of pairing with their culinary creations, Beronia set out to create the perfect blend between tradition and innovation. The Beronia portfolio celebrates the long - standing traditions of the Rioja region, while paving way for a sustainable future.
The new Rioja winery is something of a sustainable architecture masterpiece, with every aspect of the design, building materials and day - to - day functions ensuring the lightest possible footprint is left on its beautiful surroundings. From the unique ‘Beronia style’ to the rarer single varieties, the Beronia portfolio encompasses a wide range of elegantly crafted wines to suit all price points and palates
Finca Constancia marks a new era in Gonzalez Byass’ wine business. Identifying a need for modern, fruit-driven wines, together with an ambition to produce wines of the highest quality, the company researched areas where this goal could be realised.
In 2001, the planting programme began on a new 220 hectare property in Otero, near Toledo, and a state of the art winery was built using the latest technology, and with careful regard to environmental impact. Finca Constancia represents the new face of Spanish winemaking, with a range of innovative blends and single plot varietals.
SOMONT A N O DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN
Somontano – literally meaning ‘under the mountain’ – is a little known but breathtakingly beautiful area of Northern Spain, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees that form the border with neighbouring France. Dramatic canyons, and gushing rivers in deep ravines. Medieval villages and lonely monasteries atop rocky hilltops.
Wildflower meadows and rolling green hills with abundant wildlife. To say it is an area of dramatic contrasts is an understatement, both in its landscape and its wines. French winemakers fleeing the scourge of Phylloxera settled in the area, bringing with them grape varieties more commonly associated with other countries.
Today, a mix of international and local varietals make for a unique offering from one of Spain’s younger DOs. Vinas del Vero is something of a hidden jewel in the portfolio, offering a varied range of single varietals and blends, spectacular garna chas from the high altitude Secastilla estate, and the highly acclaimed iconic wines from the bijou Blecua winery. Environmental protection is everything here: early adopters of electric and hydrogen vehicles, recycling water in the winery, exploring organic cultivation practices, Vinas del Vero’s latest VIDAS initiative aims to identify and protect local bird species.© Xavier Bas Disseny Viñas del Vero Logotipo Viñas del Vero + D.O.
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Miranda: Viñedos de Altura
The recovery of the traditional
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Premium wine, the most prestigious from Somontano
Selection of the best 8 vineyards of Somontano
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DE LA TIERRA DE CÁDIZ
The well documented love for Albarino shows no signs of slowing. with the addition of Pazos de Lusco to the family of Gonzalez Byass wine estates in 2016, we are delighted to be able to offer these hand crafted elegant and expressive Albariño wines from a hugely respected producer. Located just 2 kilometres from the Portuguese border in the sub - region of Condado de Tea, the warm maritime climate, gently sloping vineyards and sandy soil s produce wines typically richer and fuller than their coastal counterparts, with great varietal purity. Time honoured production methods are continued, with the 5 hectares of vineyards trained in the traditional Pergola system on high trellises to maximize sun exposure and increase air circulation to maintain perfect fruit health before it is harvested by hand and fermented with natural yeasts. At the heart of the estate lies the majestic 16th century manor house, known as Pazo Piñeiro, which has undergone extensive renovations. Meaning ‘sunset’ in the local Galician dialect, Lusco is vibrant, bright, and full of classic Albariño character.
On the route of the ‘Pueblas Blancas’ in Andalucia, Arcos de la Frontera is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. The area is generally associated with sherry production, but in fact has a long - forgotten tradition of making red wines, with records dating back to the 14th century, particularly from the little known Tintilla de Rota grape variety. Finca Moncloa, one of the Gonzalez Byass Singular Estates collection, is a 42 acre estate on clay and limestone soils, with a Mediterranean climate, producing red grapes with great intensity. Full flavoured wines from unique blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with Tintilla de Rota are aged in French oak, producing delicious full flavours with surprising finesse. For wine lovers looking for something completely different, Tintilla de Rota is also vinified into a sweet red dessert wine unlike any other. Following the discovery of a recipe found in the Gonzalez Byass archives detailing a wine sold to the Spanish royal family in 1841, this style has been reimagined with deliciously unexpected results.
Nestling in a natural meander of the Duero River, the Dominio Fournier vineyards sit at the very heart of the Ribera del Duero region with plantings dating back 60 years, well before the DO was established. Here, at over 800m above sea level, gnarled old bush vines root down through the boulder - strewn alluvial terraces of the Duero, yielding Tinta del País grapes of exceptional intensity and quality.
Winemaking, under the watchful eye of Maria Santamaria, is an artisan affair, with limited production, low yields, hand craftmanship and meticulous attention to detail, dedicated to producing elegant, structured and intense red wines which breathe the unique character of Ribera del Duero.
Even amongst wine lovers, few people are familiar with the northern Spanish DO of Getaria Txakolina, home to unpronounceable wines and grape varieties unlike any others. Most Txakoli wine is sold within a few miles of where it is made, with its fresh zippy acidity and lower alcohol making it the perfect partner for the amazing seafood caught along the Basque coast.
The oldest known winemakers in the area, the Tueka - Etxaniz family has been making wine here since 1649, tending impossibly beautiful vineyards that slope majestically down towards the sea. Today it is still very much a family affair, with 13 of the 16 employees being family members.
Ondarrabi Zuri and Ondarrabi Beltza vines are trained high on trellises to improve airflow in this cool, damp area, characterised by high rainfall and sea mists. The wines are kept on lees until bottling and keep a slight spritz, enhanced by the tradition of pouring with a flourish from a height through the traditional ‘escanciador’.
The team at Vilarnau are passionate about environmental protection and consider nurturing the land from which they make their living part of their DNA. One of the first wineries to be awarded the Wineries for Climate Protection certification, Vilarnau is on a constant quest to reduce its carbon footprint. Energy comes from their biomass boiler, vineyards are irrigated from the rainwater filled lake that surrounds the winery, and suppliers are carefully chosen who fit with their sustainable ethics. Specializing in artisanal production, the much - acclaimed wines they make are now 100% organic.
Close to Spain’s most avant - garde city of Barcelona, the state - of - the - art winery sits amongst vineyards teeming with wildlife. Lying at 250 metres above sea level and shielded by the Montserrat Mountains to the north and the Littoral range to the south, the estate enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and is planted with both international and native varieties. They were the first in the area to plant Pinot Noir but are equally dedicated to preserving lesser known local grapes such as Trepat and Subirat Parent.
González Byass was created in 1835 by Manuel Maria González and remains in family hands today, now in the fifth and sixth generation. Founded in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, in the heart of Sherry country, it is dedicated to the production of high - quality sherries.
The Sherry triangle, made up of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda, has a unique microclimate influenced by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and Guadalquivir and Guadalete rivers. Production is dominated by the Palomino variety, and vines are planted in the white Albariza soil, with high chalk content which is excellent for retaining moisture. These soil conditions, combined with over 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, fresh, humid breezes from the west (poniente) and warm, dry breezes from the east (levante) have formed the perfect marriage with the Palomino variety to produce an array of sherry styles.
All sherries are aged following the traditional Solera system where the wines are blended in 600 litre American oak casks. Many styles are produced with distinctive characters depending on whether they have been aged under the influence of the flor (a layer of natural yeast) or as an oloroso (in contact with oxygen).
Today the portfolio includes a wide range of sherries including Tio Pepe, the Superior Range nd the VORS range, enological gems aged for over 30 years.
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Croft Twist is a modern British take on the rebujito cocktail of southern Spain. A fabulously fresh blend of elderflower, lemon and mint cordials with Croft Fino, lightly sparkled.
Available in a stunning 25cl can, it’s the perfect easy serve for any outdoor occasion, or just popping in the fridge door.
Quinta do Noval is widely regarded as one of the leading lights in Port and has always done things a little differently. Situated just outside Pinhao in the heart of the Douro valley, Quinta do Noval is a single estate Port shipper with a focus on quality, terroir driven Ports and wines. Acquired by AXA Millésimes in 1992, the estate undertook an extensive replanting and regeneration programme under the leadership of Christian Seely that has furthered its reputation as one of the top producers in the region. Quinta do Noval is respected equally for its Tawny and Vintage styles, and famed worldwide for its Nacional Vintage, produced in tiny quantities from ungrafted Portuguese vines. In recent years a focus on quality unfortified red wines has brought an added dimension to this stunning portfolio.
Quinta do Noval may have a reputation for being an iconic Port producer, but in recent years it has also had a lot of success in producing very high quality white and red wines from its home in the heart of the Douro valley. The range comprises of Cedro do Noval – a dazzlingly fresh white and an extraordinarily seductive and spicy red; three single varietal Douro DOC wines – which showcases the magnificent schist terroir; finally the Douro DOC Reserva – a complex and structured wine which demonstrates that the Douro has the capability of producing some of the very finest wines in the world.
A founding member of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses, Champagne Deutz of Aÿ, France, has been making distinctive Champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations.
Owning a significant portion of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top - rated grapes from 350 acres in the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the chalk - walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Aÿ. Deutz is dedicated to sustainable viticulture and winemaking through the preservation of terroirs, the reduction of carbon footprint and the improvement of biodiversity.
The Humbrecht family can trace their winemaking heritage back over 10 generations, although the Domaine Zind Humbrecht story really began in 1959 through the amalgamation of the Zind and Humbrecht family vineyards. Under the stewardship of first Léonard Humbrecht and then his son Olivier, the domain has grown to around 40 hectares, including of some of the very best parcels in Alsace’s top Grand Cru and Lieu Dit sites. Taking a non - interventionist approach in the cellar and paying incredible attention to detail in the biodynamic management of his vineyards, Olivier is leading the field in crafting superb terroir - driven wines.
• Zind Humbrecht Riesling Brand Grand Cru
• Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru
• Zind Humbrecht Muscat Goldert Grand Cru
• Zind Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru
• Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru
• Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru
• AOC Alsace (1)
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Index: Perception of sugar – sweetness on the palate. Scale of 1 to 5
1 : wine is technically dry or tastes dry.
2 : the wine is not technically dry, however the sugar is not evident on the palate. Certain tasters might find the wine fuller or rounder. These wines taste dry after a certain time in bottle.
3 : Where the perception of sweetness is more obvious in its youth, the sweetness gradually diminishes with time
4 : For a lack of translation “vin moelleux” .
5 : “Vin moelleux”, bordering on Vendange Tardive.
The river Danube in northern Austria winds its way through the Wachau Valley, a 20 mile stretch regarded as one of the most picturesque parts of the river. With its quaint, medieval villages and impressive 12th century castles, it is unsurprising this area has been granted UNESCO world heritage site status.
Domane Wachau is one of the iconic wine producers of the region, with its terraced vineyards strung along the steep banks of the river on a patchwork of terroirs that provide endless nuance to the Gruner Veltliner and Riesling grapes that grow there. In 2020 the Wachau region was awarded DAC status, meaning the quality and style of wines from this outstanding region will be protected and formally recognised, allowing their most highly prized wines, many from Domane Wachau, to shine even brighter.
Domäne Wachau Grüner
Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel
First Growth since 1732 and part of the World Heritage Site of Tokaj declared in 2002, the Disznókő vineyards have always been sought - after due to their supreme quality. Owned by influential aristocratic families and then nationalised, since 1992 the estate has been under the leadership of AXA Millésimes. With its know - how and experience in Aszú winemaking, Disznókő is recognized today as being in the forefront of the renaissance of the truly great Tokaji wines from the famed complex and succulent sweet offerings through to the elegantly dry and mineral led white wines.
• Disznókő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos
Disznókő Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos
Disznókő Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Kapi Vineyard
Card Gift Pack (5 Aszu)
Wood Gift Pack (6 Aszu & Kapi)
One of the pioneers of the Casablanca Valley, Veramonte has been recognised for over 25 years for its distinctive wines that are expressions of their origin. The winery is in Casablanca, and the original vineyards were situated in a valley in Casablanca that when planted in the late 1990s was unknown to the wine industry. Veramonte was the first to invest seriously in the area and the project expanded later into other valleys and brands, with vineyards in the renowned winemaking regions of Casablanca (perfect for whites and cool - climate reds) and Colchagua (warmer and ideal for red varietals).
Veramonte is dedicated to farming organically, promoting healthy living soils that produce top quality fruit. A donation from every bottle of Veramonte wine sold is made to support the non - profit organization, Kiss the Ground @kisstheground which promotes Regenerative Agriculture, believing in farming principles and practices that aim to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds and enhance ecosystem services, eventually increasing yields and higher health and vitality for farming communities.
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• Primus, Its name and Its history
• Provenance: Specially selected fruit from Chile’s best-known designations of origin
Food wines: their elegance, balance and freshness means they taste even better in the company of all sorts of food
Using foudres and barrels is a revival of artisan winemaking techniques
• Neyen is a new world wine that also offers the essence of the old world
• A wine with provenance: :
A unique expression of the terroir
Provenance defined by geography
Vines that are more than 120 years old, with original, pre-phylloxera roots
From Apalta’s oldest wineryRITUAL PRIMUS NEYEN
The journey of Wirra Wirra from its prosperous beginnings in the late 1800s, period of total neglect, to its strong global positioning today is that of a storyteller’s dream. Loveable eccentric and former state cricketer, Robert Strangways Wigley, purchased a mere (at the time) 240 acres of land in McLaren Vale back in 1894, quickly establishing Wirra Wirra as a winery of exceptional quality amongst its already flourishing peers. His passing in 1926 ultimately lead to Wirra Wirra’s closure, and the winery’s beautiful ironstone cellars were left to ruin. Enter Richard Trott, 1969, and his lofty dream to restore the crumbling walls and dilapidated vineyards to their former glory. And that he did! Today, Wirra Wirra is part of Australia’s most sustainable wine region, McLaren Vale. With organic and biodynamic certified estate vineyards and an unwavering commitment to protecting and developing their environment from vineyard through to winery production, Wirra Wirra cut no corners when producing quality wines in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Cool - climate Australia sounds like somewhat of an oxymoron, but the widely acclaimed Pinot Noirs from Ashton Hills have spent the last 40 years proving otherwise.
Stephen George, regional pioneer and founder of Ashton Hills, recognised the potential of the undulating hills and winding valleys with their wide array of high altitudes and aspects to be home to some of the most elegantly styled and pure of fruit Pinot Noirs in the world. The goldilocks of the wine world, Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to please. Stephen has experimented with up to 25 different clones, ultimately settling on five which continue to produce wines which express the beauty of their surroundings through their lifted perfumes and refined structure, gaining somewhat of a cult following at home and on the international stage.
In 2015, Stephen transferred his stake in Ashton Hills to Wirra Wirra Vineyards, but continues to work closely at vintage with the winemaking team to continue the tradition of producing exceptional wines from the Ashton Hills site.
There is no shortage of adjectives to describe the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Vineyards are woven through valleys that blend into the breath - taking Marlborough sounds. The land is enveloped by vast stretches of coastline with their cool ocean breezes while being bathed in long, sunshine hours. It truly is a viticultural paradise.
Marlborough may be a youthful wine region on a global scale; however, Jackson Estate has a long - established connection with its land. The Stitchbury family farmed and nurtured their estate for over 160 years, and it was the fifth generation who first planted vines. Self - proclaimed modern pioneers, working with delicate precision and care of their environment set out by their forefathers and applying advanced winemaking techniques with the aim of producing wine in the most sustainable environmentally friendly way possible is the ethos behind Jackson Estate. One can expect the world - loved, vibrant, fruit - led style of New Zealand wine but with a deeper backbone of minerality and savoury complexity that really showcases the handcrafted approach taken to their whole portfolio
Winemaking is both art and science, intellect and passion – a meeting of the heart and mind’ – Neil Ellis. Neil is nothing short of a great pioneer for the ever-evolving South African wine industry. Without his tireless determination to get the South African wine board to recognise the importance of regionality in wine classification, we may not have been able to appreciate the sheer variety and calibre of wines that are produced in the country today. The whole philosophy behind the Neil Ellis brand is around careful site selection to find areas where individual grape varieties will excel. He knows that no single vineyard site can satisfy the needs of multiple grape varieties and takes the practice of ‘site specific’ wine production to a whole new level.
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Lepanto is living proof there is more to Jerez than exceptional Sherries. It is one of a kind as the only brandy to be distilled in Jerez. It is made from 100% Jerez grown Palomino grapes, distilled in Jerez and aged in Jerez. This unique brandy is double distilled in two Armagnac ‘charentais’ stills in the heart of the Gonzalez Byass bodega.
For over 25 years our Master Distiller Luis Trillo Gutierrez has been controlling each stage of the maturation and blending process.
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SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
OV SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
• Brandy aged for 9 years in Tio Pepe casks & 3 years in sweet 30 year Oloroso Matusalem casks. Total aging 12 years. • Alcohol 36%
• Brandy aged for 12 years in Tio Pepe casks, & 3 years in dry Oloroso casks. Total aging 15 years. • Alcohol 36%
PANTO PX SOLERA GRAN RESERVA
• Brandy aged for 12 years in Tio Pepe casks, & 3 years in 30 year PX Noé casks. Total aging 15 years. • Alcohol 36%
Soberano is a brandy with a well - decorated history. First registered over 100 years ago, its name was chosen to mark the friendship of the Gonzalez family and the then King of Spain.
After column distillation, the ageing process takes place in the historic Gonzalez Byass bodega in Jerez. American oak previously used for sherry is used for maximum aroma and flavour development, following the traditional Solera system.
Soberano 5 is aged for 5 years under the Solera system, has a gold colour with red tones. It has sweet notes of toasted caramel and touches of mature wood with a smooth, sweet and balanced finish.
Soberano 12 is aged for 12 years under the Solera system has an elegant mahogany colour with intense flashes of amber and copper tones. On the nose, the complex aromas of fine oak accompany balsamic, nuts, caramel and honey. The taste is rounded and velvety with a long finish.
London No 1 is “The original blue gin”
The creators recognised that colour and flavour enhance the consumer experience. Inspired by the heritage of London style gins, that used to create a striking blue haze in their distillation process, they set about creating a unique blue gin. Like many spirits, getting the exacting colour took time before settling on the captivating shade of pale blue created by a delicate alkaline colouring.
Charles Maxwell’s renowned knowledge of herbs and spices allowed him to create a complex, sophisticated and yet classic gin using 12 select botanicals:
Juniper berries, orange & lemon peel, bergamot, savory, cinnamon, angelica root, coriander, cassia, almond, liquorice, iris root & nutmeg.
Mom – ‘God Save the Gin’ was inspired by the Queen Mother and her secret weakness for a G&T tipple. English tradition meets modern femininity resulting in a premium gin made with red fruits and exotic botanicals.
It is the infusing of the gin with red fruits after four distillations in copper stills that gives Mom its unmistakable personality. Its softness and vibrant taste are a careful balance of the botanicals Juniper, Coriander, Angelica root, Lily root, Cassia, Liquorice, Cranberry and Thyme.
Nomad is a Scottish whisky with the soul of Jerez and is the work of a unique collaboration of Antonio Flores and Richard Paterson. This premium blend is made up of 40% Malt Whisky, aged for 5 to 8 years in Scotland and then travels to Jerez. The whisky is then aged in American oak casks which previously contained Pedro Ximenez sherry in the historic Gonzalez Byass cellars.
The ageing in these barrels make the whisky unique. The century old winery in Jerez is subject to changing temperatures, humidity, and maritime influences and imbued with the native yeasts that are so unique to the cellars gives Nomad its particular and incomparable personality.
It offers a bright topaz colour with inviting aromas reminiscent of oak & sherry due to its ageing process. Smooth and elegant on the palate with prominent flavours of raisins and honey. A long finish with hints of vanilla and dried fruits.