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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 2018

    £12.00

    £12.00

    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 2015

    Gemma Barolo 2015

    £24.00

    £24.00

    '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. Lothian Pinot Noir 2015 South African Red Wine

    Lothian Pinot Noir 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    South African reds are all dark, meaty and chewy as biltong right? Well no, not all of them. As Bob Dylan famously sang "the wines they are a changin'." Either way this is something new and very, very special.

    Produced by a Scottish family, this is cool-climate Burgundian elegance from the southern hemisphere. Dispel those dark thoughts and turn towards the light.

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

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2017

    £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...

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