Thursday, 14 June 2018

Bancroft Wines announces exclusive partnership with Franco Conterno

Bancroft Wines is proud to announce their appointment as exclusive agents in the UK for iconic Piedmont producer Franco Conterno.

Azienda Franco Conterno is located in the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba. The estate has 28 hectares of vineyards, 18 of which planted in the territory of Barolo,
in Monforte d’Alba (Bussia), Castiglione Falletto (Pugnane) and Novello (Panerole). The remaining 10 hectares are planted in Madonna di Como.

The estate’s oldest vines were planted by Pietro Conterno before being passed on to his son Giacomo and later to his nephew Franco, who took over in 1996. Today the winery run by Franco, his wife Vilma and their two sons Andrea and Daniele, together with his wife Emina. The family continues to honour the legacy of Pietro by producing authentic, world-class wines that reflect the exceptional area microclimate and terroir.

Franco Conterno is dedicated to the cultivation of Lampia and Michet Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Merlot, Freisa and Chardonnay. Their labels bear the names of the most prestigious vineyards: Bussia and Panerole. Viticulture and winemaking strikes the perfect balance between tradition and modernity. Vineyard work eschews the use of chemicals and great care is taken to ensure the healthiest-possible grapes; each hectare requires 630 hours of manual work per year. In the cellars modern technology, meticulous analysis and judicious ageing in oak and bottle ensures the consistent high quality the estate is known for.

Bancroft Wines’ CEO Jon Worsley comments:
The Conterno family has been producing wines of extreme quality, elegance and prestige in Piedmont for several generations, and their work has shaped our very notion of what Piedmontese wines should be. The endless care they apply to their vineyards and cellars, their emphasis on sustainability and their commitment to running a true family business reflect Bancroft’s own values. We look forward to playing a part in promoting the Conterno legacy in the UK and forming a long-term partnership”

Franco Conterno, Azienda Franco Conterno, comments:
“It is an honour for our company to enter the UK market with Bancroft Wines: we hope to establish a long working relationship with them and to pass on to all team members the passion and love for our wine and our land, which has guided us for generations

Bancroft Wines appoints Buying Director

London-based wine distributor Bancroft Wines has confirmed the appointment of Barney Davis as its new Buying Director. Davis joins the business on 4th June 2018.

Davis has over 20 years of industry experience having held buying positions at Somerfield Supermarkets and The Co-Operative Group before working in commercial roles for the Company of Wine People, Robert Oatley Vineyards and Kingsland Drinks. Most recently Davis has been working at Lanchester Wines where he was responsible for restructuring the group’s bulk buying programme.

Bancroft Wines CEO Jon Worsley comments:
“We are very pleased to welcome Barney into our business. He has a proven track record of exceptional work with leading producers from around the world and operational excellence that can be implemented into our business as we work to achieve our ambitious growth plans.”

Davis will join the company board and will be overseeing all aspects of the buying and shipping. Of his appointment, Davis said he was “thrilled and excited” to be joining the company at “such a pivotal time for the business”.

On behalf of the entire Bancroft team, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Davis on his appointment and welcome him to the team.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Diaries out! Bancroft Wines Autumn Portfolio Tasting

When Tuesday 19th September
Where 67 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES

Bancroft Wines invite you to join them for their Autumn portfolio tasting at 67 Pall Mall. Our Autumn edit will be focusing on all things new - new producers, new world, new frontiers and new blood. We pride ourselves on working with some of the most innovative, second (or more) generation winemakers with a real flavour for contemporary practices, with their sights set firmly on the future of the wine trade. In this tasting, we will exemplify these ideologies, introducing you to a number of brand new organic, biodynamic and minimum intervention producers, and showcasing our existing band of dreamers and innovators.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Two South Africans walk into a bar...

... along with many restaurants, hotels and wine merchants across the UK. And all in just five short days with the Bancroft team! 

Part of the week's line-up on the banks of the Thames

Last month we were joined by two old friends, colleagues and drinking buddies, Kevin Grant of Ataraxia Wines (Hemel-en-Aarde) and Carl Schultz of Hartenberg Wine Estate (Stellenbosch), along with Kevin's wonderful wife Hanli. We were lucky enough to have their company for almost a whole week, meaning that we were able to fit in a lot of tastings and visits, both in London and the regions. Each day was jam-packed with activity; we weren't taking any chances, considering that the last time we saw Carl in the UK was 3 whole years ago! 

The elusive(!) Carl Schultz, teaching all things Hartenberg to the Bancroft Team 

The week's activities included Bancroft Staff Training (as pictured), many lunches and dinners, some braaibroodjies and of course a lot of absolutely brilliant wine! Both wineries showed their current and upcoming releases, which included the return of a revamped Ataraxia Serenity 2015 and the brand new (not yet labelled!) Hartenberg Rhone Blend 2014, plus some very special back-vintages of Carl's flagship Shiraz, Gravel Hill.   

Kevin Grant of Ataraxia sharing his (ever-brilliant!) insights and anecdotes

We would like to thank Carl, Kevin & Hanli for their time, their hard work and their wonderful company, and we hope that everyone we visited came away feeling as inspired and excited about South African wine as we do!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Westwell Wines - Trophy Champions!

Last month we joined our English wine producer, Westwell Wines, in celebrating their International Wine Challenge success at the London Wine Fair. They were awarded not one but TWO trophies for their Special Cuvée 2014: one regional trophy, for the best English Sparkling Vintage Classic Blend; and one national - the English Sparkling Trophy.  

This beautiful vintage wine is a classic 'Champagne' blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, sourced from the estate's own 9 hectare plantings of the three varieties. It undergoes a minimum of 36 months ageing prior to disgorgement. 

This wine is no stranger to the awards circuit, with previous vintages picking up gold and silver medals in the IWC, and a silver in the IWSC, showing not only its consistent quality, but the increasing impact that this small, Kent-based family business is making in the wider English and Sparkling wine Worlds. We know how incredibly hard they have worked to get here, they take no shortcuts, and their vision for the quality and firm provenance of their wines is unwavering. 

In their own words: "Our sparkling wines are made with a lot of love and that is also what they are meant to be drunk for!"

We are immensely proud to be working with John and Rids and their stunning wines, and we are very excited for what the future may hold for this great partnership - Cheers!