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Oddbins Winemakers

Who are the winemakers behind some of the deliciousness in our shops? What are their interests? What music do they listen to? Do they have animals and children running around the vineyard? What drives them on and what really does their head in? Have they had a passion to make wine since they were a twinkle in their father’s eye, or did they fall into it? We often wonder about the people behind the bottles and we’ve discovered that you’re pretty curious yourselves.

We have, therefore, been posing slightly ridiculous questions to producers the world over to get the inside story and, to our delight, they are an eclectic, colourful bunch and no two answers are the same. There are vineyard pets including a herd of Charolais cattle, a winemaker who would’ve been Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in another life and winery music from Bjork to Tango to children practicing guitar.

So, without further ado, come and meet the winemakers…

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  1. Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc Wine France

    Château de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Steeped in exciting history, this wine is like a really good Brontë novel, or maybe a Dan Brown. Dating way back to 1070, Le Château de la Roulerie is a staggeringly beautiful, ivy-clad property that has one of the gently-sloped Loire Valley's few terraced vineyards. It is thought to take its name from a 14th century knight, Chevalier Raoul.

    Its more recent history has seen its winemaking facilities return to the Château after 20 years, under the supervision of current owner, Philippe Germain. Fashioned 100% from one of our favourite white grapes, this is a bracing, exotic wine that more than does justice to its idyllic surroundings.

  2. Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel 2017

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This wine has a fantastic story. It comes from a collaboration between 10 wineries to save historic vineyards in particularly steep sites in Germany's beautiful Mosel Valley. The group's name, Bergrettung, takes its name from Berg (= mountain) and Rettung (= rescue). This vintage was made at the Staffelter Hof winery, whose owners trace back directly to Carl the Great and who founded Bergrettung. The wine? Impressively pure and super concentrated, this essentially dry Riesling balances pronounced wet slate minerality, with a zesty, acidic core and fantastic lime, mango and white peach fruit.

  3. Gemma Barolo Nebbiolo Italian Red Wine 2014

    Gemma Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

    £23.00

    £23.00

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal was probably referring to his lady friend Heidi Klum, but he may as well have been waxing lyrical about the Gemma Barolo for all we know.

    Because this cracking northern Italian wine has a poetic, beauty that speaks of dew-covered, headily fragrant roses on a cool grey morning, as well as fresh raspberries and deeper layers of ripe, spiced fruit.

  4. Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita Italian White Wine

    Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    This Moscato is a soft, gentle and charmingly sweet white wine, but saved from being sickly by fresher, sage and citrus elements. Which sounds a bit like Alan Titchmarsh, now we come to think of it.

    Indeed, much like Alan, it's maybe not the most dangerous tool in the box, but you could very happily while away an afternoon with it in an English country garden, with it a bowl of strawberries and cream.

  5. Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    We are quite sure that there is a more profound meaning attached to this South African Shiraz, but we're just going to admit that we are finding it hard not to let our inner teenager snigger at the name.

    Pathetic and immature, yes, BUT, remember, this is Oddbins and we are allowed to be ridiculous. Mm kay? Just don't bring this wine to the first meeting with your super conservative in-laws to be, like someone did, ahem.

    Idiocy aside, the tantalizing aromas of dark brooding fruits and spice-laden goodness should leave you in a tip top mood. It might even put you in another kind of mood altogether...

  6. Ormadei Malbec 2016 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Ormadei Malbec 2017

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Bang! In your face! Let's not pussyfoot around, people like Argentine Malbec for its raw, heavyweight, power; and that's what Ormadei delivers by the sackfull, but that's not all. Big hitting, yes, but rich, fruity and smooth with it. Like getting punched in the mouth by a black cherry fist in a velvet glove. In a good way.

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