Cancedda Mick O’Connell, Sardinia

Region: SardiniaMick is a native of Dublin but was fortunate enough to marry a beautiful woman who also happened to come from the island of Sardinia. Having spent many years in the wine trade Mick took the brave next step to start producing his own small batch, basket press Garnacha (Cannanou) from vines gown around…

Jumilla

Region: JumillaXenysel The wines from Jumilla represent exceptional value and we are thrilled to have three producers who not only make terrific wines but who have a serious ecological agenda too. The vineyards are located in the heart of the DO and consist of widely spaced, old vine Monastrell that still sit on their European…

Dominio des Carabo, Rioja

Region: RiojaGonzalo Rondriguz is a ball of energy who founded his own bodegas after tiring of the larger ‘factories’ he was working for. He and his friends the Laorden’s, who own over 90 hectares of Alavesa and Alta vines set about picking the best 9 ha, all of which are farmed organically, to give Gonzalo…

Cellar Alta Alella, Alta Alella

Region: CataloniaFounded by Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets in the early 1990’s, Alta Alella is located in the region just to the north of Barcelona and was planted not only to revitalise the region, but to also prove the terroir was special. The vineyards are planted to indigenous varieties found in the region and produced in both…

Lagravera, Costers del Segre

Region: CataloniaLagravera is owned by the local Arno family, but is actually run by Oenologist Pilar, viticulturist Miguel and general all round good guy Sergio. The vineyards are over three plots to the north of Lleida on the road to Sort, and ultimately over the Vielha pass to France.Here in Costers del Segre, there used…

Gaznata, Gredos

Region: CastillaThe Sierra de Gredos, if you have not been, should be on everyone’s tick list. Believe the hype, this is wild bear and wolf country of staggering mountainous beauty that has a colour palate all of its own. I rarely want to move anywhere, but I want to move here. The vineyards for Gaznata…

Loxarel, Penedes

Region: Catalonia  For more than four generations, the most important thing for the Mitjans family, located in Vilobi del Penedès 50 kms west of Barcelona and some 600 metres above sea level, has been the care of their vineyards with the aim of achieving the best quality for their wines and sparkling wines. The name…

Vidal Soblechero, Castilla (Rueda)

Region: Castilla y LeonI think most people have now dismissed Rueda as a one stop shop for cheap whites and the occasional aspirational made Verdejo. I had, so it was with trepidation that I motored down to La Seca just east of the village of Rueda to meet Vidal and his sister Alicia on a…

José Antonio Garcia, Bierzo

Region: Castilla y LeonI visit Bierzo quite regularly and enjoy drinking the wines of the names that you will all know, wishing I had only got there sooner. I have also tasted a lot of wines where I felt I wish I hadn’t been there at all. So it was with an element of reluctance…

Adegas Carballal, Valdeorras

Region: GaliciaJosé Pato Oviedo, proud owner of Carballal, speaks not a word of English. In fact he doesn’t speak much Spanish either, but Gallegos, a sort of Welsh Spanish that is virtually impossible to understand. No matter, when we turn up to taste his wines and visit his vineyard and cellars, it is obvious that…