1. Cantine San Marzano

    Cantine San Marzano
    The small village of San Marzano is situated in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region of Italy. In 1962, 19 winemakers joined forces and founded Cantine San Marzano. San Marzano has expanded in subsequent years and has become one of the most popular, well-known wineries in Puglia. Grape varieties used in the production of San Marzano Wines...
  2. Just in time for International Pinotage Day!

    Just in time for International Pinotage Day!
    Half case of South African Pinotage on offer! The 2nd Saturday every October celebrates South Africa's own grape varietal, Pinotage. Wineries producing Pinotage in SA mark the International Pinotage Day with events, promotions and wine tastings. The grape produces deep red wine with cherry, tobacco, liquorice and earthy flavours. Despite its reputation, good quality Pinotage should not smell of acetone! Carefully produced and aged, it...
  3. Great Discounts on Te Herā Wines!

    Great Discounts on Te Herā Wines!
    Ask us who produces the most exquisite Pinot Noir in the Martinborough region of New Zealand and we would have to say Te Herā! Te Herā is a family business producing a small range of handcrafted wines. Thirteen acres of vines were originally planted at Te Herā in 1996. The unique soil structure with underlying gravel deposits together with the cooling winds, low...
  4. New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
    Haute Cabriere's 2017 vintage of their very popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir has just arrived at Hard To Find Wines! "The 2017 vintage yielded grapes of outstanding quality, resulting in a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity." says Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim.   Cellar Master's Reflections The two noble Burgundian cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir form the cornerstone of Haute Cabrière’s wine...
  5. La Couronne: the Crown of Franschhoek Part 1

    La Couronne: the Crown of Franschhoek Part 1
    Nestled against the Klein Dassenberg Mountain in this beautiful corner of South Africa lies the peaceful gem of a wine farm, La Couronne Estate. This essential stop on any wine tour of the Franschhoek winelands boasts spectacular views of vineyard-covered slopes and towering peaks. History La Couronne means “The Crown” and pays homage to a warship built by the French Navy in 1636...
  6. Twenty Twelve Wines - a Mallorcan experience

    Twenty Twelve Wines - a Mallorcan experience
    Hard To Find Wines welcomes Twenty Twelve Wines by Es Fangar, the oldest estate on Mallorca, to our selection this week. The Eisenmann family bought Es Fangar in 2000. They have been reconstructing and replanting the land since. Currently, the reclaimed land stands at 1,000 ha, making Es Fangar the Balearics’ largest ecological finca, or estate. The vineyards at Es Fangar constitute 56...
  7. Le Lude Part 1: Where Mathematics & Mystique Meet

    Le Lude Part 1: Where Mathematics & Mystique Meet
    Paul Gerber, winemaker at Le Lude, was teaching mathematics when he got married. “Within a few months of getting married, I convinced my wife to let me go and study oenology at Stellenbosch.” When he finished, he specialised in bottle-fermented sparkling wine and worked in Northern Italy, Champagne in France and Germany. On his return to South Africa he did...
  8. Chateau Musar: A Family Firm

    Chateau Musar: A Family Firm
    A true family business The story of Chateau Musar begins in 1930 when 20-year-old Gaston Hochar founded this Lebanese winery. His inspiration was the 6,000 years of winemaking tradition in Lebanon, enhanced by his travels in Bordeaux. Strong links with Bordeaux remain to this day through Gaston's relationship with French senior officers stationed in Lebanon during World War II. Gaston had two sons, Serge and Ronald. After studying civil engineering, Serge Hochar, Gaston’s eldest son decided to study oenology and he became a student of Emile Peynaud at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux. Gaston stepped aside in 1959 and Serge took the reigns as winemaker at Chateau Musar. Serge was chosen as Decanter Magazine’s first ‘Man of the Year’ in 1984. His dedication to producing exceptional quality wines during Lebanon’s Civil War gained him this accolade. In 2010, Serge received the “lifetime achievement award” from German magazine Der FeinSchmeker. Serge has two sons, Gaston and Marc. Gaston now manages the day-to-day running of the winery and Marc looks after the winery's commercial details. Unlike many other Lebanese wineries that closed due to the war, Chateau Musar continued to operate, often driving lorry loads of grapes through complex detours over the mountains to avoid battles. In only two years, 1976 and 1984 was Chateau Musar unable to produce any wine. This persistent continuity of operation was thanks to Gaston's son, Ronald. Continue reading →
  9. GlenWood's People, Community and Environment

    GlenWood's People, Community and Environment
    In our previous post on GlenWood, we learned about their history, philosophy and award-winning wines. This post will look at their commitment to people, community and environment as well as the awards and accreditation they and their people have achieved in recent years. People GlenWood is committed to the development of its people and includes this as an element in its business planning and strategy. TRAINING AND AWARDS Over the past few years the following awards have been won by people on the GlenWood team: - Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year - South African Cellar Worker of the Year. GlenWood's Assistant Farm Manager since 2011, Cornel Paulse won Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and placed third in the Western Cape's Farm Worker of the Year in 2015. "In line with our staff development programme, we are currently training two people who we hope to enter next year," said Zinaschke Steyn, GlenWood's Assistant Winemaker. Continue reading →
  10. GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines

    GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines
    We are really excited to be welcoming GlenWood Vineyards' winemaker, DP Burger, to our Shropshire Tasting Rooms this Friday evening. DP will be hosting a food and wine pairing that will feature six of GlenWood’s wines. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk. A brief history of GlenWood Vineyards GlenWood started it's history as a general farm in 1811 in the Roberstvlei area of Franschhoek. In 1986, Alastair Wood purchased the GlenWood property. His farming dream was to produce wine. “This property immediately attracted me because, not only was it suitable for farming grapes to make quality wine, but it also gave me a wonderful sense of being at the very heart of nature while still being close to the village”, Alastair said. DP joined the team shortly thereafter and spearheaded the property's development over the following twelve years, until the farm was fully planted. Continue reading →

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