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New Recruits 2018

While several trips a month to continental Europe may seem glamourous, often times it’s anything but. Languedoc in February, the sun is shining, but high on the hills of Faugeres, or Pic St Loup, it is colder than cold. Bordeaux in March, the height of their wet season, you will find yourself splodging through the fertile soils of the vineyards. Northern Spain any time before May is identical to the micro-climate of the Irish midlands. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

We stick to a specific algorithm at Wines Direct when it comes to sourcing wines. We meet the winemaker, we walk their lands, and we taste the wine before it comes to Ireland. We research areas and vineyards for months before we visit, and as relationships between our current winemakers get stronger, we blithely take recommendations from them.

We whittled down the potential new recruits to 15 wines that ticked all our boxes. Vibrant, dynamic, small – batch wines from family run vineyards are what we look for. Wines which have character and a story to tell, and can take you on a journey. While many of the wines come from vineyards we have been working with for many years, Bolmida’s Frales or Ricard's Tasciaca to name a few, we have some new names to add to the list, and we’re delighted to share them all with you.

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  1. Pagos de Araiz Joven

    Tempranillo, Garnacha

    Navarra DO, Spain

  2. Domaine Lalaurie T'Wines

    Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat

    Pays d'Oc IGP, France

  3. Chateau Haut-Garriga


    Bordeaux AOC, France

  4. Las Cuadras

    Viognier, Muscat

    Costers Del Segre DO, Spain

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  5. Chateau Moulin la Mondière

    Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan

    Corbieres DOP, France

  6. Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copines'

    Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay

    Vin de France, France

  7. Mas Las Cabes

    Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Macabeu, Muscat

    Côtes Catalanes IGP, France

  8. Mas Las Cabes

    Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre

    Côtes du Roussillon AOC, France

  9. Cellar La Muntanya 'MINIFUNDI'


    Alicante DO, Spain

  10. Bender 'Paulessen'


    Mosel QBA, Germany

  11. Celler la Muntanya 'BENI'

    Malvasia, Garnacha Blanca

    Alicante DO, Spain

  12. Cosimo Maria Masini 'SINCERO'

    Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

    Toscana Rosso IGT, Italy

  13. Chateau Sainte-Marie Madlys

    Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris

    Entre-Deux Mers AOC, France

  14. Bender Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    Pfalz QBA, Germany

  15. Faugeres Grande Reserve

    Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

    Faugères AOC, France

  16. Allegro

    Roussanne, Rolle

    Faugères AOC, France

  17. Terra Minuta

    Fiano, Greco

    Puglia IGP, Italy

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