Welcome to Vinified Wine. Our business is the realisation of a life-long passion and we can’t wait share it with you. Launching any new endeavour during these crazy times has taken a leap of faith, but the response so far has been phenomenal, and we couldn’t be more excited to get started.
Thank you for signing up to receive our newsletter. Each month we will introduce you to amazing winemakers from around the world, tell you about some new and exciting wines, as well pick a few of our favourites from our collection.
But first, we’d love to tell you a little more about us, because we’re not your average wine shop. We believe that some of the best wines in the world are made using organic, biodynamic, and sustainable methods. Many of the leading winemakers farm this way, knowing that truly great wine is grown, rather than manufactured. That is why all of the wine you’ll find on our website comes from producers who use those methods.
First and foremost, the wines we offer at Vinified are what we believe are outstanding quality. After all, no one wants to drink bad wine just because it’s organic, any more than someone would want to drink decent wine that is full of chemicals. So, we seek out wines that are of incredible quality as well as organic, biodynamic, or sustainably grown.
Our mission is to help you discover new wines from producers you may not have had access to before. They are small, often family-owned winemakers, who craft wines that truly reflect the vineyard in which they are grown. We search not only for the best quality, but also for wines of character that evoke a sense of place. We believe they are some of the most outstanding wines available today, and we hope you agree.
Many of the wines are not widely available. They are often made in small quantities and are highly sought after. So, it’s unlikely that you will see the exact same wines available every month. This is by design, so that we can keep introducing you to new and exciting producers we know you’ll love. We are always on hand for recommendations, so feel free to reach out via the website or email us direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve also heard from people who would love to receive curated wine shipments tailored specifically for them. We are thrilled to launch our new service called Bespoke, the ultimate in wine personalisation and a great way to experience new wines. We ask you a few questions about the wines you like to drink and your budget, then put together a case (or more!) of wine we think you will love. This can be as a one off, an ongoing subscription, or as a gift. You can find more about Bespoke here.
So now you know about us, we’d like to tell you about some of our incredible producers. This month, please let us introduce:
- Guiberteau: creating some of the most exciting wines in the Loire, France
- Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon: from Meursault superstar, Dominique Lafon
- GD Vajra: a brilliant Piedmont estate with a history as interesting as their wines
Guiberteau has rapidly become one of the most sought-after domaines in Samur if not the entire Loire Valley. In the 1950s, Romain Guiberteau's grandfather purchased land on the hill of Brézé, including the Clos des Carmes, considered to be one of the grand crus of the region. The land was leased out when he retired but was returned to the family’s management in the mid-1990s when Romain decided to retake control of the vineyards.
Romain sought advice from some winemaking powerhouses in the Loire, including Clos Rougeard’s Nady Foucault and Thierry Germain of Domaine des Roches Neuves. These producers have clearly influenced the Guiberteau domain, although Romain has made the wines his own. He converted the land to organic viticulture in 2000, harvests by hand, ferments using indigenous yeast, and ages in mostly neutral oak barrels, producing intense and penetrating wines.
Romain Guiberteau is now seen as genuinely challenging the status quo in the Loire Valley. His whites, from the Chenin Blanc grape, are truly exceptional; intense and vibrant, with bracing acidity. His Cabernet Franc wines are ripe yet elegant in style, highlighting the fact that Saumur is one of the best appellations in the Loire in which to grow this grape.
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Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon
Dominique Lafon is considered one of the finest winemakers in France. He realised the potential of land in Burgundy that had been traditionally used for industrial farming. He purchased a parcel of vines in the Mâconnais and now Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon is one of the most well-respected producers in the region.
He practices organic and biodynamic farming, with a focus on intense soil rejuvenation. Dominque insists on hand-harvesting the grapes and the wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts.
Spanning 26 hectares, including land in Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé, the estate is run by the talented head winemaker, Caroline Gon. The continued focus on quality and sustainability has led the domaine to produce some of the region’s most outstanding wines.
The wines are aged in large neutral oak foudres and manage to convey the ripeness of the Mâconnais yet with impressive tension and bright acidity. These are some of the best value wines in Burgundy.
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Located in Vergne, the highest village in Barolo, family estate GD Vajra sits among the vineyards at an altitude of 400 metres. The family tends all 40 hectares, including the outstanding Bricco delle Viole, one of the highest crus in Barolo.
The winery’s history stretches back further still and is named after Giuseppe Domenico, Aldo Vaira’s father. Aldo founded the estate in 1972, using vineyards that had been in the family since the 1920s.
The estate was one of the first in the region to embrace organic practices and the winery continues to be at the forefront of sustainable winemaking in Barolo. In their own words, ‘the land is generous and alive. It is beautiful. It needs understanding and time.’
It is rare for a wine producer to excel at every wine in their range across a number of different grape varieties, yet that is exactly what GD Vajra achieves. Each of their wines, from the Bricco delle Viole – truly one of Barolo’s finest wines – to the Luigi Baudana “Dragon” white blend, are excellent. These are elegant and supremely drinkable wines.
Check out our selection of GD Vajra’s wines