At The Vino Beano we meticulously search out the very best products from independent artisan producers, who have a real passion for exceptional wine making. Below you can learn more about each of the artisan producers we are working with and look out for new additions, ensuring you have all the information to make the right purchase for you.i
Authentique Wine Cellars
Nicholas Keeler of Authentique Wine Cellars is one of the most dynamic new producers coming out of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. A French wine barrel expert by trade, he expanded his love and hobby of making wine in 2011 when he produced his first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He wanted to capture the essence of his family's Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic certified vineyard, Keeler Estate, which is planted on a southwest sloping hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
For salt-of-the-earth, old school Burgundy look no further than Billard-Gonnet. One of Burgundy’s most historical domaines, it was originally created in 1766, which makes it by far one of the region’s most established. Today, it is run by the pensive yet charming Philippe Billard who has been at its helm for multiple decades. He farms 10 hectares of vineyards which range from 15-65-years old and are mostly located within Pommard 1er Cru appellations such as Clos de Verger, Pezerolles and Rugiens-Bas.
Just as its name suggests, Familia Blanco is a family-owned winery based in the town of Ugarteche which lies within the Luján de Cuyo district of Mendoza, Argentina. For three generations, they worked the land to grow fruit which was then sold to wine producers. But in 2005, Gabriel and his wife Monica decided that it was time for their own passion and vision to take root, so they began producing their own bottles. Today with the help of their 5 children - Gabriel, Ivana, Rocío, Álvaro and Lucía - they produce 9 different wines from 3 different vineyards – each dedicated to growing high quality fruit that shows true varietal character and is representative of their diverse soils.
To us, Dénis Bouchacourt is a hidden gem. Producing racy wines that are complex, profound and minerally driven, he won over us at first taste. He originally began his domaine in 2004, taking over vines from his father-in-law, Marcel Bessard. Prior to that, the grapes were sold to the local cooperative. Working in the “business” but as a courtier, Dénis learned about viticulture and winemaking quickly, focusing on organic growing methods and retaining the purity of his fruit and showcasing the minerality of his terroirs.
Christophe is a hidden gem amongst Côte de Nuits producers. Tucked away in a small cellar in Morey St. Denis, he only produces 4 wines from 3 hectares of vineyards. None of them are Grand Cru and only one (special bottling) is Premier Cru. But they are some of the purest, most chiselled and beautiful Burgundies that one could ever want from their vineyard designations.
Carus Vini as it is today was created in the 1990s in the area between San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Mercatale, the heart of Chianti Classico. Most of its vineyards were planted under the direction of the late Giacomo Tachis, the famous Italian oenologist and local resident, who collaborated on and launched Italy’s most famous Super Tuscans – Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello – to name a few.
It was “coup de foudre” (love at first sight) when we first tasted Agnès’s Champagnes. Soulful, expressive, mouth-filling and complex are just a few things that popped into our minds while her wines were gracing our palates. They are sheer brilliance. The Corbon family’s winemaking history parallels that of many Burgundy producers. Her great-grandfather as well as her grandfather and father, all started out by just selling their grapes to larger producers. But the devastating economic crisis of the 1970s halted this way of working. Nobody was buying grapes and for what was being bought, only meagre money was being offered. So, grape growers became wine producers almost overnight. Thus began Champagne Corbon.
Domaine Gueguen was only created in 2013 in Préhy, but making Chablis has long been part of the family. Céline Gueguen-Brocard is the daughter of Jean-Marc Brocard of the renown Domaine Brocard and Fred Gueguen, trained at numerous establishments from a very young age, including Domaine Jean Durup, before working at Domaine Brocard as the Director of Production. Here, he established his own label, Domaine de Chenevières, under the Brocard umbrella before starting Domaine Gueguen a number of years ago.
Colleen and Nicholas Harbour have one of the most endearing stories we know. Colleen was born in Canada but spent most of her life in Luxembourg. Nicholas, her future husband was born in the U.S., then moved to Sweden and Luxembourg, returned to the U.S. before settling back in Luxembourg, where he eventually met and married Colleen. They did not inherit their great, great grandfather’s wine domaine (not that there is anything wrong with that, of course). Rather, they pushed everything they studied and worked for to the side to pursue a dream, to produce pure, terroir-driven wine in Burgundy. They left their two successful careers in finance in 2012 and jumped feet first into oenology and marketing school. And they have not looked back.
Weingut Hexamer is a family-owned winery located in the upper part of the Nahe, one of Germany’s most renowned Riesling areas. In fact, Riesling is so important that out of the 30 hectares that they farm, over 20 of them are planted to Riesling. The family can be traced back to the 17th century in Meddersheim, the village where they are still based. They were grape growers for centuries until the 1960s when Helmut and Elizabeth Hexamer decided to create their own domaine. Harald, their son, took over the running of the domaine in 1995 when it was only 5 hectares. Over the years, the family has added an additional 25 and today Harald works alongside his wife Petra, who takes care of the marketing and PR of the domaine.
L'Aietta di Francesco Mulinari
Francesco is exactly the sort of winemaker we love. Young, dynamic, hard-working, self-made and a go-getter. He is picky, just like we are, and will only produce what he loves drinking himself. Though Francesco was born and raised in Montalcino, his family doesn’t come from a winemaking family. His father originally bought 1 hectare of steep hillside land with sheep, olives and a few ancient and abandoned vines as a place to picnic and to take the family on the weekends. It is known locally as L’Aietta, meaning the courtyard of a small farm. Francesco eventually discovered that this little piece of stony land was within the parameters of DOCG Brunello di Montalcino and could produce one of Italy’s greatest vinous treasures. And that is exactly what he did.
Domaine J Laurens
J. Laurens is one of the most revered producers in Limoux for sparkling wine. Limoux has a long history with bubbles – claimed by some to be even older than that of Champagne - so it was no surprise that J. Laurens was created by a Champenois. In the 1980s, Michel Dervin, a native of Champagne, saw the potential in Limoux’s soil and cooler climate and felt that he could create sparkling wines with the elegance of those found back home.
Domaine Les Sadons
Domaine Les Sadons is a little Bordeaux nugget. Most of the vines of Pauillac today are owned by grand, distinguished properties like Château Latour, Pichon Baron and Pontet Canet. But luckily for people like us, there are still a few small guys around. These are passionate producers with sometimes virtually microscopic plantings, compared to their neighbours. Due to their size, they do all the work themselves - in their vineyard as well as for the winemaking.
Gabriel Mayo Garcia is a multi-generation wine producer based in the quaint village of Vilafames, in the Spanish region of Castellon. He produces a high quality, and very highly scored range of wines, including Blanco (a unique blend of Muscatel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), Platino (a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah), Cava and a fine liquor made with white wine and locally grown herbs.
Ian D’Agata, the highly admired Italian wine writer, has said on numerous occasions, “Montecappone is one of the greatest producers in Italy that few know.” Well, we do and we are seriously chuffed to offer them to our customers. It was love at first taste, and we were instantly enthralled by their notable fruit concentration and just sheer “joie de vivre”. Located in the Jesí, Marche on Italy’s Adriatic coast, the family-run estate has been going since the 1960s. Taken over by the Bomprezzi - Mirizzi family in 1997 who began investing in the vineyard and winery almost immediately.
Sylvaine et Alain Normand
Sylvaine and Alain Normand’s domaine is located in the Mâconnais village of La Roche-Vineuse, which literally translates to “The Vinous Rock”. How appropriate! They began their estate in 1993 but has only in recent years began bottling their own wines rather than selling all their fruit to the local cooperative.
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O Do Avo Marcelo
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Ottaviano Lambruschi was created in the mid-1970s when Ottaviano himself decided to leave his job in the local quarries of Carrara, a Tuscan area famous for its light grey marble. He purchased 2 hectares of forest in Costa Marina, in the area of Castelnuovo Magra, the Ligurian sub-region most planted to Vermentino. With the help of his brother Alexander and much determination and elbow grease, they created their vineyard and first wine.
The Padelletti family have lived in Montalcino for over 600 years. While many members left to become lawyers, engineers and university professors, some always came back to Montalcino to take care of their land and to help defend the city from intruders during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Even its current caretaker, the singular Claudia Padelletti was originally a banker, but knew her family’s wine estate was her home so returned full-time to focus solely on their wines and now her restaurant in Montalcino as well, which features an extensive list of her wines.
Il Palagione is located outside the beautiful and ancient Tuscan town of San Gimignano. Its skyline of medieval towers guides visitors to its stone streets and picturesque fortressed walls. It is also home to one of Italy’s greatest white wines, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. It is a historical variety as well, first being mentioned by Dante Alighieri in 1524. It was also the first white wine to receive a DOC in 1966, which was later upgraded to DOCG in 1993.
People's Wine Revolution
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Champagne Philippe Glavier
Philippe and Véronique make some of the most beautiful Blanc de Blancs Champagne we have ever tried. Even their labels are beautiful and are graced by playful and elegant cherubs. It might sound a bit frou frou, but it isn’t. The small domaine of 4.5 hectares is located in the village of Cramant, a renowned area for its Grand Cru vineyards and chalk soils, making Chardonnay the elite variety of choice in this area of Champagne. But within their 4.5 hectares, they have 47 plots that have many different nuances of soil types, sun exposure which all contribute different attributes to their wines.
Re-Born is an artisanally produced Prosecco (only 3000 bottles!) that is the creation of Elena Schipani and Francesca Ceron. Francesca is a fashion designer while Elena works in studied food science. Since the two dynamic women are from Prosecco and are ambassdors for Prosecco, they have long been drawn to the world of wine. So only in 2014, they decided to create their own Prosecco, focusing really on only the top quality. They hired well-known enologist, Emanuele Da Dalto and sourced only the top grapes from a vineyard in Collalto. The rest is "storia" (history) as the Italians say.
Quiet and reflective, Didier Regnaudot is the 4th generation to be the steward of his family's vines. Located in the typical Burgundian village of Dézize-Les-Maranges, the domaine was created just in 1950 after selling their grapes for years to other, larger producers. Today, Didier produces both Maranges, arguably the least known cru of the famous Côte d’Or, as well as Santenay, from the neighbouring village.
Despite being a newcomer to the Lambrusco scene, the De Pietri family have been long-term Lambrusco Sorbara grape growers in the Saliceto Buzzalino area, the heart of the Lambrusco di Sorbara production district. And for three generations, they sold their grapes to local producers until 2014 when they decided to make their own from their 10 hectares of vines, in partnership with the Vezzelli winery. We must say, they have gotten off to a roaring success! We are delighted to be their first importer and look forward to working with them in the years to come.
Grapes have played a serious part in the Vadin family for many years, since 1785 to be exact. Located in Cumières, in the heart of the Vallée de la Marne, this fantastic “récoltant-manipulant” or Champagne “grower” as it is more colloquially known, produces several wines from their 7 hectares of Premier Cru vines which are dispersed over 7 different villages, but from an astounding 100 different plots. Yann Vadin stands at the helm, making him the 9th generation.
Domaine Vincent Ledy
Vincent is an upcoming star on the Burgundian winemaking scene. We were bowled over by his wines’ purity and intensity when we first tasted them in November 2016. But what might be even more impressive than his wines’ overall quality is that he is a true self-made vigneron. He has no flashy investors who could unleash impressive amounts of cash to buy upscale vineyards or to create a polished, state-of-the-art, Burgundian domaine.
Weingut am Kaiserbaum
Weingut am Kaiserbaum is a family-owned winery located in the southern German winegrowing region of the Pfalz. It was created by the Hammel-Hundinger family in the 1960s by the grandfather of Gerald, its current winemaker. However, like many in farming communities, they were grape growers in a polycultural farm for multiple generations prior.
Riccardo Zanotto was born into a restaurateur family and so food and wine has been their shared passion for many years. They have also been producing Prosecco with their own vineyards that they farm biodynamically. In 2010, Riccardo decided to launch out on his own and create his namesake brand, Zanotto. Described as a "merchant manipulant", he buys grapes from both his family as well as friends to make a number of superb and different wines, including two Conegliano Valdopiaddene Proseccos; Rivolto, a delicious and well-priced spumante, and an unusual and delicious white from Verdiso (a rare indigeneous variety).
Domaine de Banneret
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Domaine Pey Blanc
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