FRANCE

LES VINS BREBAN

Cotes de Provence, France

The House of Breban Wines ("Vins Breban") has been producing and supplying a wide range of wines of varying styles and aromas since 1952.  Vins Breban” brings to market each year more than 50 different wines, over 7 million bottles in total comprised of roses, whites, reds, wines BIO, stills and sparkling wines.  These fine wines of the Provence region are produced from grape varietals raised along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, from the Sainte-Victoire mountain range in the west to the hinterlands of Haute Provence Alps in the east.  Wines from this region inherit their best characteristics from local soil, wines which are notable for their strong character combined with delicate bouquet.  The wines of Provence are often described as colorful, lively, aromatic, fruity, and mischievous in nature.

VINS CASANOVA

Corsica, France

Innovative Mediterranean wines from Corsica.  Casanova is a brand combining Corsican terroir and innovation. Managed by the cooperative cellar of Aghione, it represents the alliance between the work of Aghione's winemakers - through wines made from the island's emblematic grape varieties (Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu) - and that of the oenological team making blends to offer consumers modern and surprising wines. Since its first creation in 2006 until today. innovation is one of the key motifs of the brand.

CELENE BORDEAUX

Bordeaux, FrancePioneers in AOC Cremant de Bordeaux

Celene Bordeaux was created through the merger of the historical Maison de Cremant Ballarin and the Lannoye's family vineyards located on the right bank of hte Garonne river in the Appellations of Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.  "Bordelais by adoption" we are committed not only to respect the winegrower legacy with a worldwide reputation, but also to bring our personal touch in accordance with our consumers requests.  Our key-words are Identity, Quality and Authenticity. 

VIGNOBLES DARRIET

Bordeaux, France

Vignobles Darriet has been in the hands of the same family for 8 generations.  Today, they own several properties, managed by a young team, supported by the previous family generation. Quality is part of an approach of excellence within our properties.   One key property, Château Les Tourelles, was acquired in 1938. This property has the characteristic to produce wines on several different appellations, such as Bordeaux, in red, white and rosé, but also in Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux (red wine) and in Cadillac (sweet wine).

 

DOMAINE GAYDA

Languedoc, France

Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by its vineyards, Domaine Gayda is a new destination in the Languedoc, 25km south west of Carcassonne, in the village of Brugairolles.  Owners Tim Ford and Anthony Record joined forces with winemaker Vincent Chansault to build the new winery in 2004, creating the new face of wine for the region.  Domaine Gayda has a passion for the traditional ‘cépages’ grown across the many diverse soils and climates of our vineyards situated throughout the Languedoc, giving “Provenance” to all our wines. While the grapes are rooted in tradition, the winery itself is all about the new, with investments in all the latest equipment and technology.

 

CHATEAU HAUT-RIAN

Bordeaux, France

Château Haut-Rian is a beautiful family-owned 85 hectare vineyard at the heart of Premières Côtes de Bordeaux where my parents, Michel & Isabelle, decided to settle 30 years ago.  It is a thrilling adventure to craft wines that are a perfect reflection of our terroir.

 

CHAMPAGNE MANDOIS

Champagne, France

Established in 1735 by Jean Mandois, this champagne house is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the champagne houses. Champagne Mandois is now sold all over the world and it's quality has made it one of the great Champagne houses.

MAISON SHAPS

Meursault, Burgundy, France

Founded originally in 2004 as Maison Shaps & Roucher-Sarrazin, the winery was taken over by Michael Shaps in 2012. Continuing with the same philosophy, Maison Shaps is a small “garage-iste” winery producing less than 12,000 bottles per year from some of Burgundy’s finest appellations and vineyard sites. Michael oversees the leased vineyard sites and produces wines using traditional Burgundian techniques, with the objective of making authentic wines that exemplify the rich heritage of the Burgundian villages.  The winemaking takes place in the cuverie (tank room), a former garage that is situated over the main cave that is capable of aging 60 barrels. The secondary cave is located under the main residence where the reds go through the second year of aging. The cuverie is designed to work in a traditional gravity flow method.

DOMAINE DU TARIQUET

Cotes de Gascogne & Bas-Armagnacs, France

Established in 1912 by the Gassa family, Domaine du Tariquet is now run by the third generation of the family. They run the property with an eye on the future and have built a business that is well placed to meet market demand. With close to 900 hectares of land, they produce Tariquet white wines and Bas-Armagnac brandies that have won international acclaim.  The foundation of their success rests on their bold, rule breaking philosoply.   The challenge was to seduce the consumer, which Tariquet has done, defying all tenets of white wine consumption. 

CANTINE FINA

Sicily, Italy

Fina Vini is a young winery that expresses the unique characteristics of the Sicilian terroir. The territory is sunny and caressed by the winds, the sea gives sapidity to the land, and what is born from this has a charming taste and a strong character. Here, where multi-cultural dominations have met and merged over the centuries, in an Arabic-Sicilian baglio, Fina family produces wines that taste of  passion. The grapes, fruits of this blessed land, are skillfully elevated to wine, thanks to the professionalism of Fina family who, with love and dedication, take care of the vineyards.

IL BOTOLO AZIENDA AGRICOLA

Piedmont, Northern Italy

Il Botolo is a boutique winery that is all about passion. Their wines are the reflection of a truly special territory in the heart of Piedmont, which has brought acclaim not only to this region but to Italy. “Great wines are made in the vineyard”, as always been the company philosophy and they still draw inspiration from this proverb today. The journey continues with the same passion, tradition and attention to detail in the vineyards, where a little dog with a big personality that we call “Botolo” keeps them company and who today is the symbol of the Estate.

CASTELFEDER WINE ESTATE

Alto Adige, Northern Italy

Luna Nuda Brand

Luna Nuda is the Italian phrase, meaning “Naked Moon” often used by vintners to describe a clear night sky with a bright full moon shining and shimmering over the beautiful Italian countryside, the fresh smell of dew as it softly dusts the trees carried in the calm whispering breeze.  An experience that has and continues to inspire generations of Italian winemakers.  Luna Nuda was created in Alto Adige Italy at the Castelfeder Wine Estate.  The vines bearing the grapes for these fine Italian wines have seen many generations of naked moons, and we believe there is a little of that energy and beauty inherent in each bottle of our wines. 

ENIO OTTAVIANI

San Clemente, Emilia Romagna, Italy

The wine estate began 60 years ago with our grandfather Enio Ottaviani.  We are located in San Clemente (Rimini), Emilia Romagna, Italy. It is a family estate, passed on from generation to generation, in continual development.  Our family grew up amongst bunches of grapes and authentic Romagna.
We are dedicated to our work in the vines and in the cellar and share the fruit of our land with our guests.  We believe that what is in our glass is all the poetry of the earth.  We make wines for our friends, because sharing wine is a priceless value and wine is the maximum expression of joy at the table.

EUGENIO COLLAVINI VITICOLTORI

Friuli, Northern Italy

 

 

Founder Eugenio never imagined that a century after the Collavini began their family run vineyard in 1896 that their wine would spread throughout the world. It was Giovanni’s son Manlio who noticed the first signs of major changes and indeed almost anticipated them. He was one of the first to take Friulian wines abroad.  The love for Friuli have today placed the winery at the top of territorial production.  Today, Collavini is a family-owned limited company  managed by Manlio and his sons Giovanni, Luigi and Eugenio.

FATTORIA DIANELLA

Chianti, Italy

A Place of Great Passion

 

Dianella’s winemaking tradition goes all the way back to the end of 17th century. From the beginning of the 19th century, Dianella’s Chianti could be found all over the best italian trattorias and restaurants and also at the Quirinale Palace’s table during Gronchi’s government.  Dianella’s modern history begins in 2003, when Francesco and Veronica Passerin d’Entreves move to Dianella, starting a slow but inevitable remoderning process of the farming and tourism of the estate. The theme throughout this renovation was to respect the terroir’s traditions while always look to innovate both in the vineyard and in the cellar.  This careful approach is reflected in the wine and all the other produce of Dianella’s estate. A further step in this direction was taken in 2004 when the winemaking duties were handed over to Franco Bernabei, a strong supporter of terroir, local grape varieties and Sangiovese, the grape most produced within the estate.

 

LAVARINI VINI

Valpolicella (Verona), Italy

L 'Azienda Agricola Lavarini has a long history with three generations of winemakers, who have been crafting wine since the 1970’s. Today, Massimo Lavarini, continues the family tradition with passion and enthusiasm for the family business.  The company's philosophy derives from the firm belief that the quality of the wines is a direct consequence on the quality of each individual phase the production process.  They believe in a combination of tradition and innovation. Massimo uses the experience and knowledge that he learned from his father and grandfather, combined with technical innovations in production to produce the typical wines of Valpolicella DOC and DOCG wines: Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Superiore, Ripasso Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto.

LIONELLO MARCHESI

 Tuscany

Thirty years ago, a successful industrialist decided to devote himself to his great passion: wine-growing. And so began a fascinating and complex story that culminated in the acquisition and valorization of three very important estates in Tuscany.  The purchase and restoration of an historic monastery (dating from 1000) at Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the heart of the Siena Chianti Classico area, saw the creation of a prestigious agricultural and residential complex, the present-day Castello di Monastero.  Montalcino, the homeland of one of the most famous wines in the world, saw the acquisition and renovation of the Coldisole estate joined. Lastly, the foundation of Poggio alle Sughere in the Tuscan Maremma area.  Production philosophy. Attention focuses on territory and grapes: the wines must be an expression of these two components and highlight there best aspects through attentive management of the vineyards, harvest, vinification and ageing.

Three Estates:  CASTELLO DI MONASTERO, COLDISOLE, POGGIO ALLE SUGHERE 

TENUTA FERTUNA

Maremma, Tuscany

FERTUNA is the realization of the productive dream of a wine professional group with more than a century of experience. Different generations and various experiences have created this project aimed at the maturity.
We like referring the chosen name to the almost rarefied atmosphere you breathe. You feel the sense of a place suspended in time and space, pervaded by a magical sense. The Name is the combination between fertility (fertus) and fortune.  

Tenuta Fertuna is situated in the heart of the Maremma countryside, Tuscany, crowned with green hills of wild nature and infinite light spaces towards the Tyrrhenian Sea.

TENUTA MAIANO

Montespertoli, Tuscany

Organic Winery

With roots dating back to 1984, this certified organic winery from the territory of Montespertoli which extends between hills, steep slopes and narrow valleys. Thanks to the climate and the exposure of the soil, the area has always been dedicated to the cultivation of the vine. Scenic hilly course, rises to 257 meters above sea level and has a surface area of ​​about 2200 ha. "City of Wine" and "City of Oil", Montespertoli has built on its land products its history.  As Hemingway said wisely, "wine is the epitome of a territory, a culture, a way of life." 

PORTUGAL

MONTE DA RAVASQUEIRA

Alentejo, in Arraiolos

 

 

Monte da Ravasqueira has been linked to the José de Mello family for several generations. Located in the municipality of Arraiolos, about an hour’s drive from Lisbon, the estate occupies a vast area of typical Alentejan landscape. It is managed and run by Sociedade Agrícola D. Diniz, SA.

The excellent geological conditions and the climate are well suited to the production of some of the best wine that the Alentejo has to offer. A great deal has been invested in planting vines and also in modern winemaking equipment and in meteorological and plant-health facilities.

 

SPAIN

BODEGAS SAN ALEJANDRO

Calatayud Designation of Origin

Bodegas San Alejandro was founded in 1962 in Miedes of Aragon (Zaragoza), in a privileged location for the culture of the grapevine, the altitude of its vineyards, the rigor of the climate, the slow ripeness of its grapes, the diversity of its soils and multiple singularities composed by its terroir.  It receives its name in honor to San Alejandro, whose remains are in the Franciscan Convent of the S.XVII of Mudejar style placed in Miedes.  Since then, Bodegas San Alejandro has grown and evolved supporting always its people, its land and its culture. A culture that BSA promotes in more than 30 countries over the world.

 

FERRER FAMILY WINES

Penedès - Metodo Tradicional Cava

Castellblanch, Canals & Nubiola Brands

Few companies can offer such a diverse and interesting world-wide range, where family ownership and the associated values, remains core to its philosophy as Ferrer Family Wines.  Whatever the size of our wineries, the principles of understanding terroir, producing wines that reflect the characteristics of the region and that can be enjoyed by our loyal consumers around the world remain paramount in our beliefs. Ferrer Family Wines encompasses many of these wineries.

VINEDOS ALONSO DEL YERRO

D.O. Ribera del Duero (Santa Marta) & D.O. Toro (Pagos De Miguel),Spain

Vinedos Alonso del Yerro is a story of a passion. The passion shared by all the Alonso del Yerro family since we started this project in 2002 to work out a group of plots thoroughly selected and planted with Tempranillo grapes with the aim of producing high-quality wines following our main principles: respect for the environment, passion for excellence, love for the family and friendship’s value.  Since the beginning, we’ve been surrounded by a group of professionals which understand, as we do, the principles of great wines. We have a team of professionals led by Stéphane Derenoncourt at Finca Santa Marta (Roa, Spain). Thanks to their talent and experience and combined with the passion shared by all the people working at Viñedos Alonso del Yerro, we’ve created two unique wines: Alonso del Yerro and María.  Late in 2007, we decided to widen our wine horizons to the region of Toro by acquiring 9 hectares of Tinta de Toro which have resulted in a new wine, Paydos, following the same qualitative principles of its “brothers” from Ribera del Duero but extracting all the power offered by the Tinta de Toro grape in the best vineyards of the region.

WE ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND

Epic Wines and Spirits is actively looking for family wineries active in or interested in doing business in Ontario from:

  • France

  • Italy

  • Spain

If interested, please contact us at contact@epicwinesandspirits.ca

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