Tastings

Meet the Wine Makers

Join us in our cellar, in the heart of our wine shop, where we will get up-close and personal with wine growers and makers from around the world. Up to 12 guests will enjoy a selection of wine in the intimate, hour-long tastings, with explanations provided by the makers themselves.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

In 2017 we had the chance to welcome the wine makers from Snowden & Domaine de Triennes, La Rioja Alta, Vina Tondonia, Gosset Champagne, Klein Constantia, Rippon Vineyard, Luis Pato, Mulderbosch, Chris Mullineux, AR Lenoble Champagne, Andrea Sottimano and Tim Mondavi.

Our forthcoming events include:

Piero Lanza from Poggerino in Chianti Classico £39

3 September 2019

Piero Lanza is one of Chianti’s greatest young ambassadors. A qualified oenologist, a very competent agronomist and a brilliant winemaker, his wines are some of the best to be found in Tuscany. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico district the estate consists of 106 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands. The winery is one of the properties of a large estate which used to belong to Prince Ginori Conti, a descendant of one of Florence’s oldest families. Floriana Ginori Conti inherited the winery from her father in the 1970s, and began in 1980 to produce a Chianti Classico with the “Poggerino” label.

In 1999 she handed over the property to her two children, Piero and Benedetta Lanza, who had been managing it since 1988. Only 11 hectares are planted with vines, almost all of which are Sangiovese. Piero is a passionate agronomist, firmly of the opinion that the work he does in the vineyard reflects not only in the quality of his wines, but the individual ‘terroir’ of their property. While he follows organic/biodynamic principles in the vineyards he does not look to be certified. The ‘Bugialla’ is his highest and best placed vineyard and is a wonderful expression of Sangiovese.

Join us on 3rd September for a tasting with Piero Lanza at Comptoir Café & Wine.

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Tasting with the Producer £39

4 September 2019

Cabernet may be its trump card, but the origins of Thelema owe more to the wines of Burgundy than Bordeaux: it was a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet that lured Gyles Webb away from accountancy in Durban to winemaking in Stellenbosch.

Armed with a winemaking degree and influenced by travels in Tuscany, Bordeaux and California, Gyles and his wife Barbara – a noted triathlete – bought Thelema, an old fruit farm high on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain, in 1983. This is the wilder side of Stellenbosch, where spotted leopards roam the vines and a combination of elevation and eucalyptus trees creates a much-prized style of Cabernet with a distinctively minty freshness.

These days Gyles is Cellar Master, with the talented Schultz brothers (Rudi and Werner) responsible for the winemaking and vineyards respectively. But the philosophy remains true to Gyles’ original vision, centred on the principle of what he calls ‘benign neglect’ – minimal fining and filtration, and no use of commercial yeasts in the red wines.

Join us at Comptoir Café & Wine on 4th September for a Thelema tasting with the producer.

Kooyong Wines Producer Tasting £39

13 November 2019

The pastoral charms of the Mornington Peninsula form a backdrop for Kooyong’s vineyard, split into five parcels, several clones and a variety of soils. It is this commitment to single vineyards and individual terroir, that lies at the heart of everything the estate does. Newly-appointed Chief Winemaker Glen Hayley – who has worked with Kooyong for six years – respects and nurtures the inherent character of each of the gently undulating vineyard sites, with different parts of the vineyard made up from differing percentages of sand, loam and clay soils. It is these distinctions which influence the flavours of the single vineyard wines from each site.

Join us at Comptoir Café & Wine on 13th November for a Kooyong tasting with winemaker; Glen Hayley.

To book email Sabrina Barreiros at sabrina@comptoircw.co.uk or call 0207 499 9800.