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.