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Spier Wines, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Spier, near Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, we’ve got a vibrant and conscious energy, and are home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art.

Their wines are among the most awarded in the country.

Charles Smith, Washington State, USA

Throughout the early part of his career, Smith was busy managing various rock bands, including the famous Danish band of Raveonettes.  During 1999, Charles Smith met a winemaker on his road trip to California and that’s where he got the inspiration to start his own brand of wines.

Domaine Lafage, Pyrénées-Orientales, France


Domaine Lafage is a leading estate in the Roussillon region in France. Winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage is one of Europe’s most highly regarded winemakers. The Lafage cellars are located just outside Perpignan, though it has also has vineyards at Les Aspres and Agly. Domaine Lafage has around 160 hectares (400 acres) of vineyards with vines that are as much as 100 years old.

Zensa & Orion Wines, across Italy


Orion Wines was founded in 2010 by two friends: Lucca Pomaro, 20 year veteran of the international wine scene, and Alessandro Michelon, one of Italy’s most prominent winemakers. They are a young, dynamic company with a passion for indigenous grape varieties and sustainability, packaged up with fun, innovative branding. All their wines are 100% organic and biodiversity is promoted in the vineyards.

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