The Allegrini family has played a leading role in the history of fumane and of valpolicella since the 16th century and has passed on the culture of wine-making from generation to generation. Love for the land has been the driving force behind the Allegrini family’s commitment to enhancing the potential of Valpolicella and its viticultural traditions. The far-sighted choices made by the company have made it one of the leading wine companies in Italy, and thus the new generation of wine-makers in Valpolicella look to Allegrini wines as an indisputable benchmark. Valpolicella, one of the most prestigious wine-making regions in Italy, has been dedicated to wine-making since ancient times, as the etymology of its name suggests: “val polis cellae” means, in fact, “the valley of many cellars “. It is located in the eastern part of Veneto, between Verona and Lake Garda, with its boundary demarcated to the north by the Lessini mountains. In the Allegrini home, hospitality comes first as a duty, but above all as a joy. The company daily experiences the pleasure of welcoming the guests who come to visit their vineyards and wine cellar, who are anxious to get acquainted with, drink and understand their wine. Welcome guests in the warm and traditional backdrop of the barriques and casks, Allegrini’s friends will find an elegant atmosphere for their special occasions.
The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate. Constant research and development aimed at expressing the true character of the Montepulciano terroir has, over time, earned the winery a well-deserved place among the flagship producers of Tuscany. In 2009, Avignonesi was acquired by Virginie Saverys who has since introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with an even stronger character, and has acquired additional vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation. We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be. We respect the innate character of each wine and seek to follow its natural evolutionary path from the soil to the cellar and - finally - to the bottle.
Corte Giara is a wine brand from the group Allegrini. The concept of Gorte Giara is to provide ‘every day’ wines that unite respect for tradition with a modern, eclectic and international approach. Wines that are typically crisp, highly aromatic and easy to drink, aimed at a young clientele looking for quality at an attractive price.
Principally known for its famous Amarone della Valpolicella, the winery Romano Dal Forno produces three wines, all characteristic of the area in which the winery is situated, distinguishing itself in its constant and total quest for absolute quality. Born next to his family’s vineyards, the founder grew up with a love for the countryside and an undying passion for his work, dedicating his life to continual improvement. For years, thanks to the commitment of the whole family, the company has reached unparalleled standards in their unflinching goal to give unique pleasure and emotion to all who drink a Dal Forno product. The continuous international recognition, which is received daily, compensates for all the scruples, sacrifices and the attention given to working procedures, in the vineyards and the winery, and gives the strength and energy required to ensure that the horizons of excellence are always moved to the next level.
Founded in 1840, Dourthe is currently one of the greatest wine companies in Bordeaux. Its viticultural expertise, exacting quality standards, inherent understanding of wine and its dynamic approach are unanimously acknowledged and rewarded by the wine industry at large. Winemakers first and foremost, proud owner of a number of prestigious Bordeaux Chateaux and also creator of premium quality wines, Dourthe observes an uncompromising quality policy across all its wines, and its approach is reviewed and fine-tuned on a yearly basis. This constant commitment to exceed our limits is evident at every stage of the winemaking process, so that every Dourthe Bordeaux wine is a benchmark, vintage after vintage. Through its close-knit partnerships with growers selected for their terroirs and quality Potential, rigorously monitoring the finest blocks of vines, selection of only the highest quality grapes and meticulous winemaking and ageing, Dourthe has developed a true mastery in ageing fine wines, with wines such as Dourthe No.1 and La Grande Cuvée.
The Egon Müller estate has been in the hands of the Müller family since 1797. In the Mosel’s steep, slate vineyards, the winemaking master Egon Müller makes breathtaking Rieslings. The estate owns 8.3 of the 28 hectares of the famous Scharzhofberg vineyard in Germany’s Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The family exploits their single-vineyard holding to the fullest, and consequently is ranked among the region’s top wine producers. These wines are taut and racy, with dazzling fruit; they’re severely mineral and have an endless nish. Egon Müller’s wines are all made using estate-grown fruit from two parcels: 8.3 hectares of Scharzhof and 4 hectares of Le Gallais. The Scharzhofberg, or Scharzhof Mountain, is among the nest Riesling sites in Germany and is considered Grand Cru. As such, it is allowed to be labeled with its vineyard name, or “Einzellage”, rather than its village name. The Müller holdings here include a parcel of un-grafted vines that were planted in the 19th century. These wines deliver at the highest level of quality and are without question among the world’s great wines. They are fine, balanced, authentic, and enjoyable young as well as after many years of cellaring. The Müller family added to its estate holdings by purchasing Weingut “Le Gallais” in Wiltingen in 1954. Egon Müller also belongs to Primum Familiae Vini, (The First Families of Wine), a small group of elite, family-owned producers where he is the only German member.
Dating back to the 1980’s, Grand Bateau is the fruit of the collaboration between Maison Barrière and Chateau Beychevelle, our sister company. The boat which decorates this label is the mythical galleon of the famous Château Beychevelle which took part and sponsored the conception and creation of Grand Bateau. Today, Philippe Blanc, Château Beychevelle’s winemaker, provides us with the ultimate technical guidance in our famed assemblage of these wines. Elaborated by our oenologist starting with a selection of the best wines from our partner estates, Grand Bateau incarnates the complexity of great Bordeaux. Stylistically impeccable, consistent and unique, Grand Bateau is crafted to satisfy both young consumers and confirmed amateurs alike.
Passionate about wine for over four decades. The four bodegas that comprise Alejandro Fernández’s wine legacy, and constitute Grupo Pesquera, share a passion for winemaking that has perfected over time. The strong bond to this great winemaker’s homeland is also reflected in the group emblem: the symbolic Archway and Tower of Pesquera de Duero, the characteristic label on his mythical Tinto Pesquera wines. Numerous awards endorse our wines; awards reaped throughout our 40 years of experience in winemaking. It is, without doubt, a dream come true for Alejandro Fernández whose maxim was always to own a bodega and make fine wines. Today it could be said that reality has surpassed the dream and that Alejandro, his bodegas, and his wines have earned worldwide recognition and appreciation.
Always in evolution, an International Reference. In the early summer of 1890, La Rioja Alta, S.A. was founded by five families sharing a common passion for wine. It was the start of an ongoing quest for excellence that their descendants still pursue. Since then we have managed to extract the best from the marriage of our tradition in wine ageing, to state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Our wines have become an international reference for the finest Rioja wines. Quality wine will always be our great passion. The pursuit of excellence marks the path our founders showed us which today, 125 years later, is a constant. For this, it is essential to achieve a vertical integration and control of each and every phase that comprises our work - from the vineyard, during vinification and ageing, to the distribution and sales of our wines.
Just after the First World War, Olivier’s grandfather, Joseph Leflaive was faced with the failure of his steel factory in Saint-Etienne. His investments in Burgundy were all he had left and he decided to enlarge his wine estate. It became a family-run operation covering some 35 hectares. His son, Joseph Régis, was in insurance and along with his brother Vincent, decided to take over the reins in 1953. The estate soon began producing top-flight wines, mainly due to the arrival of air conditioning in Puligny in the 1970s. This was a major step for winemakers in this village which sits two meters above the water table and as such, had no underground cellars. The philosophy of Olivier Leflaive is to produce simply great wines. There are no secrets to this – everything starts in the vines with good grapes. Olivier, Franck and their team are lucky to have strong relationships with some of the best winegrowers on the Côte, people who grow their vines with care and attention. The work of the team reflects the company’s family spirit. A solid core of people have been part of this adventure for many years, which ensures a rigorous approach and constant quest for improvement. Olivier Leflaive’s vocation is not just about making good wine. It is also about bringing a human face to the world of wine and breathing fresh life into it.