Thursday, 13 April 2017

Recent Producer Visits

Here at Bancroft, we simply love seeing a lot of our wonderful producers. When they are in the UK, we like to make the very most of it with staff training and visits to as many clients as time allows. What this boils down to is tasting oodles of wine and then some committed lunching, wining and dining - it's a hard life for all involved! 

Last month it was all about South America...

Alberto Arizu came to see us for one day only, so we had limited time to take him out and about. We had some staff training at Bancroft HQ before he headed out to a lunch at Lima Covent Garden with the Bancroft sales team and some of London's finest GMs/sommeliers. A flying visit maybe, but we put Alberto through his paces!

Staff training with Alberto

Alberto hosts a lunch at Lima Floral

We welcomed Julio Bouchon for a couple of days of whizzing around London with our on-trade sales team. He popped by to give the team some training on the range, including a couple of new releases which were incredibly exciting, but alas, heartbreaking in their short supply. Firstly, the stunning Granito Semillon 2015 (pictured below), the absolute star of the show, grown on granite soils and the only white wine made from the coastal area in Maule, of which only one barrel is made. Not only did it make the whole Bancroft team 'oo' and 'aah' in rapture, but it also charmed Tim Atkin MW, leading to a score of 96 points and the accolade of 'white wine discovery of the year' in his Chile 2017 Special Report. Secondly, on the new releases front, is a very special Carignan, part of the 'Vigno' D.O.-style collaboration set up by viticulturists of 35-40 year old, dry farmed Carignan in Maule. Only 200 cases of the Bouchon Vigno Carignan 2015 was produced.

The Granito Semillon got the whole team (and social media!) talking!

Julio enjoys lunch at Gordon's Wine Bar

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