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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • For Robust Reds and Elegant Whites Look No Further Then Gibbston Valley

    Despite their youth, they have only been selling wine commercially since 1987, Gibbston Valley produce some of the worlds most celebrated wines and have secured an international reputation for their rich, aromatic pinot noir. At Hard To Find Wines we supply a melange of Gibbston Valley wines starting at under £16.00 per bottle, but what is it that gives them their edge?

    Gibbston Valley’s founder, Alan Brady, has a passion for wine; he started his first vineyard as a hobby with international acclaim less not even a twinkle in his eye. In the early 1980’s he began his experimentations with wine making by purchasing previously unutilised land in the dramatic central Otago region of New Zealand, bordered by snow-capped mountains it is to this day the southernmost vineyard in the world.

    No one could have imagined what Alan would one day achieve; his vines produced a calibre of wine far exceeding his expectations and the stage was quickly set for his endeavours to bring exceptional wine to the world.

    There were, of course, sceptics to contend with along the journey. The mountains protect the region from New Zealands maritime climate, this causes extreme weather conditions: the summer is very hot, the winter bitterly cold, many believed these conditions to be detrimental to wine production, but not Alan. He saw the benefits of Otago being the only region in New Zealand to have essentially a continental climate zone that, if handled correctly, could produce the most intense and vibrant wines.

    Today Gibbston Valley wines boasts six unique locations producing internationally revered wine supplied all over the world, including Hard To Find Wines. Our array of Gibbston Valley Wines suits any occasion, for more information or expert advice on our unparalleled range call us today on 01746 389 749 or get in touch online and we’ll guide you to the best choice.

  • Free Taster Case worth over £50!

    Free Taster Case
    This fantastic taster case is free along with free delivery on all orders this Easter over £175! Simply spend £175 or above on any of our wines online to receive this 6 bottle taster case worth over £50.

    To claim your free taster case simply enter the code TASTER when at the checkout to add these superb 6 wines to your order absolutely free of charge!

    The case includes our own label Pebble River Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines as well as the De Leuwen Jagt Leuwenrood Merlot for those chilly winter nights. Du Toitskloof Sauvignon Blanc adds a little refreshment as does the Pierre Jourdan Tranquille. And to finish an exquisite fortified dessert wine from De Krans in Calitzdorp.

    Offer ends 2nd April 2013 and are limited to 1 per customer, so hurry and get yours now!

  • Wine Duty Increased in Budget, but not at HTFW!

    In the latest budget although a penny off a pint, the chancellor has hit wine duty hard again with an additional 10p a bottle duty added. This now takes duty to just over £2 per bottle.

    At Hard to Find Wines we have been working hard to fill our warehouse prior to the budget, so will be able to offer our customers a price freeze despite the increase on duty for many of our wines. We will endeavour to keep our prices at current levels for as long as we can, offering quality boutique wines at affordable prices.

  • Cape to Grape Wine Tours in South Africa

    Adriaan @ Cape to Grape

    When thousands of miles away from home its always reassuring to be in safe hands, and on our last few visits to South Africa we have found just that!

    Founded last year, Cape to Grape offers wine tours and transport services around the Western Cape under the helm of Adriaan, a local with extensive knowledge of the area as well as wine. Bespoke wine tours around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia and Paarl are all on offer including vineyards such as Haute Cabriere, Glenwood and Vrede en Lust whose wines are available to buy at Hard to Find Wines here in the UK.

    Luxury air conditioned transport, wine tasting, biltong and cheese tastings are all available at competitive rates.

    Email Adriaan at

  • Roger Constant Lemaire Champagne

    Roger Constant Lemaire

    Produced on a small family run vineyard neighbouring the famous Pol Roger Champagne House, Roger Constant Lemaire offer award winning premier quality Champagnes.

    Growing the 3 Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier the grapes are hand picked with strict selection. No malo-lactic fermentation is used so allowing the wine to keep its natural acidity. The aging takes place in oak barrels before further aging for between 4 - 6 years in the bottle.

    In a time where many of the top Champagne houses have become over commercialised, Lemaire have kept it in the family and the passion for what they do comes through in the wines they produce. They really are exceptional wines and this can be appreciated by everyone, from the expert to the occasional Champagne drinker.

  • Constantia Uitsig arrives at Hard to Find Wines

    Constantia Uitsig

    Constantia Uitsig Wines

    On our many visits to South Africa, Constantia Uitsig just a short drive from Cape Town has always been a favourite destination.

    With beautiful grounds and gardens, the restaurant is often full so booking is essential, but those lucky enough to find a table are treated to both exquisite food as well as wonderful wines.

    Now available to purchase at Hard to Find Wines from this Constantia Vineyard are their red and white flagship blends, as well as their single varietals.

  • Lighter style pink for Spring

    Pink Port

    De Krans Pink Fortified Wine

    As we hopefully head out of the cold into spring, this pink port style wine from De Krans is ideal for those chilly evenings. De Krans in Calitzdorp, South Africa, has now been producing this pink wine for the past couple of years and has proved to be a big hit with us Port drinkers here in the UK.

    An individual style, the beautifully presented frosted bottle contains a lighter fortified wine, with strawberry and candyfloss on the nose - but don't be fooled. On the palate this drink has depth from the traditional Port grape varietals with a long deep finish.

    At just £8.99 a bottle why not give it a try, you might just love it!

  • Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Magnums coming soon!

    The latest news from Haute Cabriere is their launch of is Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Magnums. As one of our best selling sparkling wines, and perfect for wedding days, these magnums will be a great addition to the Pierre Jourdan range.

    The wine is currently sailing its way from South Africa and should hopefully be arriving with us at Hard to Find Wines ready for the summer.

  • Rickety Bridge Wines now available at HTFW

    Rickety Bridge

    Rickety Bridge Wines

    We are happy to announce the first of many additions to our range of wines at Hard to Find Wines comes from Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek.

    Now available to purchase through our online store, we now stock a range of red and white wines from Rickety Bridge including their wonderful Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz and Foundation blend. All at under £10 a bottle we feel these wines represent great quality and value, and we look forward to introducing our customers to these wonderful wines.

    If you have any questions about any of these new Rickety Bridge wines please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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