Exploration Wines

Off the beaten track

Believe it or not, one of the original ‘objects’ laid down by the founders of The Wine Society back in 1874, was: ‘To introduce foreign wines hitherto unknown or but little known in this country’. This quest to go the extra mile and unearth treasures from off the beaten track is something we still hold dear and our buyers are some of the best in the business when it comes to ‘truffle-snuffling’ for wines to bring back from their travels for members to enjoy.

Below are some of our more recent finds, plus a mixed six-bottle case to get you started on your vinous travels. No passport required.

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Adega de Redondo Real Lavrador, Alentejano 2016

A fruity blend of local grape varieties from the warm south of Portugal. Enjoyable simplicity itself, this is a delicious and adaptable red to complement everyday fare. More >

£5.95
Bottle

£71
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-PW6161
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Reviews (3) >

Feteascặ Regalặ, Château Vartely 2016

Fragrant white with a gentle silky palate that is proving very popular. Moldova provides great value and this is an excellent source. More >

£6.25
Bottle

£75
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-MD91
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%

Vin de France 'Le Petit Cousin' Chenin Blanc, Famille Bougrier 2016

A new light and fruity addition to the Bougrier family's signature range. This is cracking value and slips down remarkably easily - a great picnic wine. More >

£6.50
Bottle

£78
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-LO13391
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc

Lagoalva Talhão 1, Tejo 2016

A moreish, aromatic Portuguese white blend of local grapes lifted by a little sauvignon blanc and verdelho. From a young winemaking team on a grand old estate to the north-east of Lisbon. More >

£7.50
Bottle

£45
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-PW6201
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%

Viña Istria Malvazija 2016

The gentle aromatic, fruity but dry malvasija is definitely the wine to enjoy when visiting Istria, the beautiful peninsula in the north of Croatia on the Adriatic, but it is not often seen here. More >

£7.50
Bottle

£45
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-CO31
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Malvasia
Reviews (2) >

Bourboulenc, Coteaux de Narbonne Domaine de Simonet 2015

The bourboulenc grape, possibly of Greek origin, thrives on the arid limestone hill of La Clape, near Narbonne. Fresh, vibrant with flashes of lemon and pine, this white would be perfect with shellfish or a Greek salad, More >

£7.95
Bottle

£47.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-FC30941
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Reviews (2) >

Herència Altés Garnatxa Blanca, Terra Alta 2015

NEW A concentrated, broadly flavoured white from Catalunya and from Spain's indigenous garnacha blanca grape. This is fresh and full with lovely grapefruit flavour. No oak. More >

£7.95
Bottle

£47.50
Case of 6
Out of stock
Sold out
No Longer Available
Product Code
QKC-SP12431
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Blanc
Reviews (3) >

Pisano Progreso Tannat 2015

Balanced tannat, not dry or hard, but fresh and characterful, with attractive brambly fruit. More >

£7.95
Bottle

£95
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-UR451
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Tannat
Reviews (11) >

Laderas del Tiétar Garnacha, Gredos 2015

Spanish innovation at its best here with a garnacha from the Gredos mountain range (near Madrid). This is an aromatic, fresh style of garnacha with great precision, backbone and vitality. More >

£8.50
Bottle

£102
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SP11941
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Grenache / Garnacha

Aranleón Sólo Bobal, Utiel Requena 2014

Bobal is the indigenous grape of the Utiel Requena region in Valencia. Here it is blended with tempranillo and syrah, resulting in an alluring, smoky red with rich fruity flavour. More >

£8.95
Bottle

£53.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SP12741
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Reviews (1) >

Nero di Troia, Rasciatano 2015

NEW Attractively scented fresh, fruity Puglian red made from the local nero di troia grape in which this historic estate has long specialised. More >

£8.95
Bottle

£107
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-IT23171
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%

Touraine ‘Le Bécassou', Domaine des Echardières 2016

This juicy Loire blend of majority gamay, with 15% each cabernet franc and malbec, and a (quite legal!) splash of the über-ripe 2015 for consistency and mid-palate weight, is ideal served on the cooler side with More >

£8.95
Bottle

£53.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-LO13311
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Reviews (1) >

Corent Côtes d'Auvergne, Saint-Verny 2016

NEW Corent, in the Auvergne, is one of the few wine appellations that exclusively produce rosé. The basalt slopes here grow gamay grapes that retain their acidity, adding freshness to the wine. This was the best of the More >

£8.95
Bottle

£107
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-FC32091
Product Type
Rose Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Gamay

Domaine du Pressoir Fleuri, Chiroubles 2015

High-altitude Chiroubles produced lovely bright, sappy gamay in 2015. This is ripe but still refreshing. More >

£8.95
Bottle

£107
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-BJ6961
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Gamay
Reviews (5) >

Blind Spot King Valley Barbera 2015

The Blind Spot range has been revamped with a fresh new look, and now sports a label designed by Melbourne-based modern artist Siobhan Donoghue. This wine is brand new to the range: a barbera from Australia's ‘little More >

£9.50
Bottle

£114
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-AU19321
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Barbera

Cérvoles Colors Negre, Costers del Segre 2014

A superb Bordeaux-style blend with the addition of 40% garnacha, made by Tomàs Cusiné in Costers del Segre near Barcelona. This is rich and velvety with spicy, cedary fruit. More >

£9.50
Bottle

£57
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SP12221
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo
Reviews (4) >

Filipa Pato FP Bairrada Branco 2015

Filipa Pato is one of the leading winemakers of her generation. Innovative, yet respectful of her roots, she has crafted this beautifully poised, Atlantic-influenced Portuguese blend of local bical and arinto grapes. More >

£9.95
Bottle

£59.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-PW5671
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%

Alberte Treixadura, Ribeiro 2016

Ribeiro, north-west of Galicia, produces mostly white wines from several local grapes; but by far the most important is treixadura. Unoaked and dry with fragrant peachy fruit and a hint of spice, this is delicate, More >

£9.95
Bottle

£59.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SP12721
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Reviews (1) >

Las Piletas Uco Valley Malbec, Special Selection for The Wine Society 2015

Fine, intense brambly Argentine malbec from excellent vineyards in the Uco Valley, blended by Society buyer Toby Morrhall and winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi. Matured in wood and concrete vats for about 10 months before More >

£9.95
Bottle

£119
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-AR3661
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Malbec / Cot

Sixteen Ridges Vineyard Bacchus 2015

This English bacchus shows idyllic notes of hedgerow, gooseberry, fresh cut grass and a hint of basil. The palate is fresh and zesty with a nice bit of weight. A great alternative to a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. More >

£9.95
Bottle

£59.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-EN1111
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
10.5%
Dominant Grape
Bacchus
Reviews (2) >

Côtes du Forez, La Madone 2015

A deliciously fruity, deeply coloured gamay from volcanic soils in the Massif Central. Ripe and with plenty of depth and length of flavour in the 2015 vintage. More >

£10.50
Bottle

£63
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-FC30851
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Light Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Gamay

Séguret Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Loubié Rosé, Domaine de Mourchon 2016

Mourchon is set in breathtaking scenery with a fabulous panoramic view over the Rhône Valley. These mountain vines produce a lovely round and fruity rosé that is as refreshing on its own as with a plate of charcuterie. More >

£10.50
Bottle

£126
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-RH46921
Product Type
Rose Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache / Garnacha
Reviews (5) >

Shenandoah Amador County Zinfandel 2013

A generous cherry-scented zinfandel which retains excellent acidity and such a bright berry-fruit character that it doesn't feel too heavy. Light tannins and restrained vanilla oak notes allow its succulent fruit and More >

£10.50
Bottle

£126
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-US6681
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Zinfandel

Saint-Pourçain 'Trésaille', Domaine des Bérioles 2016

From a small property in the historic appellation of Saint-Pourçain. This wine takes its name from the white grape tréssallier that is traditional in the area. A bright, appley wine with lovely tension and an appetising More >

£10.95
Bottle

£131
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-LO13361
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%

Muskateller, Muller-Catoir 2016

Featherlight, grapey white from the Pfalz region. Bone-dry and lighter than its Alsace equivalent, serve it chilled for a refreshing summery glass. It will go well with dim sum. More >

£10.95
Bottle

£131
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-GE10371
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
11.5%
Dominant Grape
Muscat

Coteaux du Languedoc Le Blanc, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2016

Dry, full-flavoured white, gently honeyed, with apricot, citrus and hazelnut and a hint of oak. Highly original winemaking here, with the marsanne element vinified like a red with 30 days' maceration. The roussanne is More >

£11.95
Bottle

£71.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-FC32901
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Marsanne Roussanne
Reviews (2) >

Primus The Blend 2014

A lovely, complex amalgam of cedar, spice and black fruits. This well-balanced blend comprises 40% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 23% carmenère, 10% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc, matured for about a year in More >

£11.95
Bottle

£143
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-CE9151
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (1) >

Tania & Vincent Carême 'Terre Brûlée', Swartland 2015

Married to a South African, it was not too much of a leap for Vouvray's Vincent Carême to make his chosen grape, chenin blanc, here. In this universally acclaimed vintage, 10% verdelho adds brightness and freshness to More >

£11.95
Bottle

£143
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SA12041
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc

Ritual Casablanca Merlot 2015

From a warm spot in Chile's cool Casablanca valley, an ideal climate for merlot, this is a plum and red-cherry flavoured wine with a cedary top note. Aged 10 months in barrels to polish the tannins to a silky sweetness. More >

£12.50
Bottle

£150
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-CE9141
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Mussbach Spätburgunder Rosé, Müller-Catoir 2015

A late-released pink pinot noir that has benefited from a little longer ageing. Full-flavoured, very round, long and gently spiced. More >

£12.95
Bottle

£155
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-GE10381
Product Type
Rose Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

Languedoc-Pézenas, Carmina Major, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2015

Full-flavoured, deeply coloured Languedoc red. Peppery, spicy with just a hint of oak for the sake of complexity, from a small estate is run by a Franco-Australian couple. A very fine choice for game, red meats or hard More >

£14.95
Bottle

£89.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-FC32921
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah Mourvedre
Reviews (2) >

Gattinara, Torraccia del Piantavigna 2011

Fragrant and intense with lovely full yet vibrant and harmonious flavour. A delightful wine from a warm Italian vintage which will be delicious for a good five years. More >

£19
Bottle

£114
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-IT23391
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Nebbiolo
Reviews (2) >

Pirie Tasmanian Traditional Method Sparkling Wine NV

NEW Tasmania is making some excellent sparkling wines that have great elegance and character. This blend of 55% chardonnay and 45% pinot noir has undergone second fermentation in bottle and three and a half years on the More >

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-SG2171
Product Type
Sparkling Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Chardonnay

Jérôme Galeyrand, Côte de Nuits Village Les Retraits 2014

Les Retraits is the vineyard next to Mugnier's Nuits premier cru Clos de la Maréchale. Because the vineyard falls into the neighbouring commune of Comblanchien it enjoys a lowly appellation, Côte de Nuits Villages, but More >

£32
Bottle

£384
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-BU66151
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
Reviews (2) >

Suenen Oiry Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut NV

Pristine grand cru Champagne which is dry, floral, delicate and beautifully balanced. Aurélien Suenen took over from his father in 2009 and is making some of the region's purest styles. More >

£38
Bottle

£228
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-CH3431
Product Type
Champagne
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Chardonnay

Off the Beaten Track Case

Six wines worth straying off the straight and narrow for!A six-bottle case containing one bottle of each of the following: More >

£52
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
QKC-AC17320
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