Düsseldorf Becomes The Centre Of The Wine World For 3 Days

By Will Trotman

With March, comes Prowein. For those of you not familiar with it, Prowein is the world’s largest wine trade fair and over the course of three days it plays host to a colossal collection of wines and wine-makers from all over the globe and is the go-to place for our buying team when sourcing new wines. This year a four-strong team of tasters hopped over to Düsseldorf with the mission of discovering some new gems for the Autumn/Winter list of 2015.

The trip combined visits to our existing producers to taste new & forthcoming vintages but also to undiscovered winemakers in the hope of unearthing the next Vintner wine ‘superstar’.

gav and pip tasting verdichhio

Gav and Pippa tasting wines from Borgo Paglianetto

The wines of Borgo Paglianetto were tasting wonderful. Their expression of Verdicchio is a real favourite at Vintner HQ and you can rest assured that the next vintage is just as delicious. The future is also looking very bright with Hervé Kerlann (Burgundy), Julien Collovray (Burgundy), Lucien Lurton (Bordeaux) & Grand Enclos de Château Cérons (Bordeaux). It was fantastic to catch up with the winemakers of these estates and taste across their whole portfolios.

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Will, Lucy, Hervé Kerlann, Pippa, Gavin

The final day at the fair was all about finding new wines and we were successful in finding some very interesting wines from Chile, USA, Italy, New Zealand and France. In particular, we were delighted to taste, and purchase on the spot, a brilliant new Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. Schug, is a superb wine and a must try on our new Spring/Summer wine-list for Bordeaux lovers. It’s not all fun at the fair, though and unfortunately we did have to taste some ‘less good’ wines in our quest but that’s what we’re here for after all and you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.

We rounded off our trip in some style with a dinner hosted by the Wines of Brazil. Much feasting and merriment ensued and let’s just say, the less said about the spontaneous samba dancing from Kevin Tessieux of Julien Collovray & myself, the better!

Wines from Estates mentioned in this blog:
Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2012 from Hervé Kerlann
Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2012 from Hervé Kerlann
Terravignata Verdicchio di Metalica 2013 from Borgo Paglianetto
St-Véran 2013 from Julien Collovray
Pouilly-Fuissé 2013 from Julien Collovray
Margaux Grande Réserve 2009, Lucien Lurton
Grand Enclos Blanc 2012, from Château de Cérons,