Featured Wineries 2018 Europe

France – Alsace

DOMAINE VALENTIN ZUSSLIN (Orschwihr, FRANCE)
Represented by Marie Zusslin

In 1691 Domaine Valentin Zusslin was founded in the southern part of the Alsace region. Since 2000 the 13th generation, brother and sister, Marie and Jean-Paul Zusslin have co-managed the domaine. The climate – warm, sunny, and dry – ensures slow, extended ripening of the grapes that in turn favours the development of extremely elegant aromas in the finished wine. The estate owns vines in Bollenberg, Pfingstberg (a Grand Cru), and a single vineyard monopole Clos Liebenberg. The domaine was certified biodynamic by Demeter France in 1997. These practices have imbued the whole vineyard with a huge development of biodiversity. The harvest is done exclusively by hand, selecting only well-matured fruit. The cellar work is minimalist with no interference in the natural process of the fermentation. The cuvées are aged on the fine yeast lees in oak Alsatian foudres and oak barrels for the red wine.

France – Burgundy

CHÂTEAU DE LA CRÉE (Santenay, FRANCE)
Represented by Grace Evenstad and Michael Fay

Château de la Crée, owned by Grace & Ken Evenstad since 2015, resides in the Santenay region of Burgundy.  The historic 15th century Château was founded by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philippe the Good and co-founder of the Hospices de Beaune. Today the Château’s vineyards include seven Premier Cru blocks located entirely along the renowned Côte d’Or escarpment – home to some of the world’s most renowned Pinot noir and Chardonnay wines. The property includes 25 acres of prime vineyard blocks in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay – with 40% of all plantings designated Premier Cru. Through meticulous farming practices and innovation in the cellar, the Evenstads are committed to further elevate Santenay on the world’s stage while continuing to pay homage to the storied heritage of the region.

DOMAINE BERTAGNA (Vougeot, FRANCE)
Represented by Eva Reh

Eva Reh has managed Domaine Bertagna’s since 1988. Eva originally hails from the Mosel valley in Germany, where her family has been in the wine business for several generations. Her grandfather had the chance to purchase his first vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny in 1954. Her father, having inherited the family passion, acquired Domaine Bertagna in 1982. Having been raised breathing and living amongst the vines, Eva’s dream became to look after the family property in Vougeot one day. Today, Domaine Bertagna owns 17 hectares mostly in the Côte de Nuits, planted in Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Extensive investments have been made in the vineyard, in fermentation technology, and management since the domaine was acquired and the wines have improved dramatically. Above all, Eva loves the terroir, the people, and the lifestyle of her little piece of France.

DOMAINE JEAN-MARC ET THOMAS BOULEY (Volnay, FRANCE)
Represented by Thomas Bouley

Thomas Bouley is 36 years old and represents the fourth generation of the family domaine. He completed his degree in viticulture-oenology in 2000 and another degree in marketing of wine and spirits in 2002. As part of his training, he interned at several domaines in Burgundy, including Domaine du Comte Armand in Pommard. He then worked harvest in Oregon at Witness Tree (Willamette Valley) in 2001 and in New Zealand at Felton Road in 2005. Since 2002, he has managed the family estate, Domaine Jean-Marc & Thomas Bouley in Volnay. He trusts in nature, and his main goal is to have living soils and healthy vines. His team carries out a lot of manual work to avoid compacting the soils with a tractor. He does not use herbicides, insecticides or any other systemic products. To nourish the soils microorganisms and bacteria, he relies solely on natural compost.

DOMAINE CHEVROT (Cheilly-lès-Maranges, FRANCE)
Represented by Vincent Chevrot & Aurelie Chevrot

Located in the Maranges region at the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine Chevrot consists of 17 different appellations spread over a total area of 18 hectares. It was Paul and Henriette Chevrot who gave their blood, sweat, and tears to establish the family domaine. In 1973, the management was passed to son Fernand and wife Catherine, and then on to sons Pablo and Vincent. Pablo started working for the domaine in July 2002 after completing his studies. Vincent, the younger of the sons, joined the family domaine in 2007 after completing his studies and gaining winemaking experience in France and around the world. Love for the vines and the wine and the awareness of the need to respect the earth and its terroir have led the domaine to adopt organic viticultural methods, including cultivation of some vineyards by horse to ensure minimum compaction of the earth.

MAISON FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR (Marsannay-la-Côte, FRANCE)
Represented by Patrice Ollivier and Justin Ollivier

It was in the late 1970’s that Maison Fougeray de Beauclair came to life by the acquisition of renowned appellations in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, such as Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. Maison Fougeray de Beauclair’s philosophy is based on “top quality.” By employing such methods as limited output, strict sorting of the grapes, vinification under heat control, and maturing in new or recent barrels, they have made it possible for the different appellations to hold the top ranks among the most famous Burgundian domaines. These methods have enabled Maison Fougeray de Beauclair’s wines to be offered in the finest restaurants, cellars, and specialty shops throughout the world.

DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE (Volnay, FRANCE)
Represented by Clothilde Lafarge

Clothilde Lafarge grew up in the family estate in Volnay. During all her childhood, she ran in the underground maze from the 13th century. Trained by her grandfather, Michel, and her father, Frédéric, at the art of tasting when young, she enjoyed trying to find the vintage of wine by the nose. After her high school graduation, she studied in business. During an internship for a wine merchant in England, she chose to work in the wine business. She obtained her master degree in Wine and Spirits from INSEEC Bordeaux. Then, she studied viticulture & oenology in Beaune and traveled and worked around the world for a year to get winemaking skills in New Zealand (Marlborough) and Oregon (Willamette Valley). Since January, she has been working in the family estate with her father and her mother, Chantal. In 2008, she went to the IPNC where her father gave a conference. This year, it’s her turn to speak, ten years after her father.

DOMAINE MARC ROY (Gevrey-Chambertin, FRANCE)
Represented by Alexandrine Roy and Marc Roy

Domaine Marc Roy includes nine acres of Pinot noir in Gevrey-Chambertin, split into four distinctive “Cuvées.” “Vieilles Vignes” is from a selection of their oldest vines. “Clos Prieur” is ideally located just below the Grand Cru “Mazis-Chambertin.” “Cuvée Alexandrine” was created in 2005 and made from a selection of millerandées grapes, and new parcel of “La Justice” came into the estate in 2010. One other acre is planted with Chardonnay to produce a rare white Marsannay, “Les Champs Perdrix.” After wine studies in Beaune, Alexandrine took over the domaine as the fourth generation winemaker in 2003. Since 2007, she has also been the consulting winemaker for Phelps Creek Vineyards in Oregon. Her beloved mother Régine passed in 2016, but her companion Maxime joined the estate in 2015. Together they continue the familial tradition. Alexandrine gives strong attention to the soils and vines to bring low yields of top quality grapes. Then, traditional winemaking with 100% de-stemmed grapes, fermentation with native yeasts, punch downs by foot and moderated oak aging allows Alexandrine to craft wines with soul that reflect Gevrey-Chambertin’s unique terroirs.

France – Champagne

CHAMPAGNE LAURENT-PERRIER (Tours-sur-Marne, FRANCE)
Represented by Naomi Smith

Established in 1812, Champagne Laurent-Perrier has a long tradition of innovation in Champagne and can be credited with many of the ideas that have defined Champagne production since the mid-20th century. Laurent-Perrier was among the first to introduce stainless steel fermentation tanks to the region in the 1950s, resurrected the non-dosage Champagne category with the introduction of Ultra Brut in 1981, and sparked the revival of non-vintage rosé Champagne in 1968. Today, Laurent Perrier’s iconic Cuvée Rosé remains the benchmark for non-vintage rosé champagne. Laurent-Perrier’s house style emphasizes freshness, elegance, and finesse across its entire range of champagnes. Laurent-Perrier has become one of the international leaders in Champagne based entirely on the quality of their wines and their core values as a company. Laurent-Perrier is still a family controlled business and makes nothing other than champagne.

Austria

BRÜNDLMAYER (Langenlois, AUSTRIA)
Represented by Thomas Klinger

Weingut Bründlmayer is located in the heart of Austria’s Kamptal, an appellation best known for its racy Grüner Veltliners and vibrant, juicy Rieslings. Willi Bründlmayer leads the family estate together with his wife Edwige, his son Vincent, Thomas Klinger and Master of Wine Andreas Wickhoff. The Danube and Kamp rivers and the wooded hills of the Waldviertel forest create a climate here with large diurnal temperature swings. The most famous vineyards include the Zöbinger Heiligenstein, composed of 250-million-year-old volcanic sandstone and the Kammerner Lamm. Another prime vineyard is Langenloiser Käferberg with marine deposits over primary rock. The Burgundy varieties, including Pinot noir, have had a place in the area for centuries, brought in by Cistercian and Benedictine monks. Starting with the 2015 vintage, the vineyards have been farmed according to organic principles.

JOHANNESHOF REINISCH (Tattendorf, AUSTRIA)
Represented by Johannes Reinisch and Thomas Reinisch

In the Thermenregion south of Vienna in Austria lies Johanneshof Reinisch. Vineyards are planted with 65% red and 35% white vines. There is a strong link between tradition and modernity, with vineyards growing on excellent soil, the most advanced technology of our time, and the experience of generations that have always had high ambitions for the present and the future. There is a particular focus at Johanneshof Reinisch on the Bur­gundy varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and St. Laurent. In the area of Gumpoldskirchen the indigenous grape varietals Rotgipfler and Zierfandler are cultivated. The Reinisch family is producing wine in the fourth generation. Vineyards are cultiva­ted according to organic regulations.

FRITZ WIENINGER (Stammersdorf, AUSTRIA)
Represented by Fritz Wieninger and Lissi Wieninger

“Viennese wine” and “Wieninger” are practically synonymous. In fact, much of the prestige of Vienna’s wines can be attributed to the Wieninger winery. Nearly 100-years-old, this winery was first run exclusively as a “Heurigen” (vineyard tavern) until Fritz Wieninger, Jr. became its wine production manager in the 1980s. Now he concentrates solely on distinctive, high-quality wines. The fruit for these unique wines is sourced from the Bisamberg (sand, loam, loess) and Vienna’s most famous vineyard site, the Nussberg (weathered limestone). Having experimented with biodynamic viticulture for some time, Fritz Wieninger decided at the beginning of 2008 to work all of his vineyards according to biodynamic principles.