The Generation Series 3

Generation Series Three

Introducing a new era of wine – our latest release of Generation Series bottles pay homage to the last 50 years in our history, a time of exciting new wines forging new frontiers and a special place in wine lovers’ hearts.

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The Generation Series 2

Generation Series Two

This is the second release of our Generation Series. Inspired by the era from 1924 to 1974, the wines are from the popular regions of this time, brought up to date by our buyers in new, exclusive bottlings.

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1874 Generations Series

Generation Series One

This first release covering 1874 to 1924, is available now. There’s a strong focus on Europe, with the line-up reflecting the wines listed by The Society during this 50-year period.

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Series 3 - 1974-2024: Available now

Fresh new takes on the wines you know and love that it's now hard to imagine a world without. These wines have been reimagined to show why they stole our hearts and continue to evolve in our exclusive Generation Series bottlings.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Marlborough Sauvignon 2023

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Marlborough Sauvignon 2023

Few wines have enjoyed such a meteoric rise to fame as Marlborough sauvignon, bursting onto the scene in the 1980s and quickly becoming one of the world’s best-loved styles. This bottled homage to it comes from one of its current star winemakers, Ben Glover, and utilises some of its best premium vineyard sites. Impeccably crisp, generous and citrusy, it’s a classy and complete wine, celebrating and typifying Marlborough sauvignon with the deliciousness and appeal fans of this style rightly expect.

Label shows: The old bottling line in Stevenage which closed in 1992. Smart new Member Services in its new home after an office revamp in 2000.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Limarí Chardonnay 2022

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Limarí Chardonnay 2022

Wine Society members quickly embraced Chilean wines and this represents two of its great success stories: Limarí chardonnay and our long-term suppliers, Concha y Toro. When their renowned winemaker Marcelo Papa was tasked to find a climate in Chile similar to Puligny-Montrachet to produce top-quality chardonnay, he struck gold in Limarí. We have worked with Marcelo on this exclusive, top-quality example of the groundbreaking style he was a seminal figure in creating. Barrel-fermented and matured, it is fine, fresh and very long with appley fruit and a hint of melon.

Label shows: The Society in France 1993 -2016 and quality control at Stevenage in the bottling hall, which closed in 1992.

The Wine Society's Generation Series Sable de Camargue Rosé 2023

The Wine Society's Generation Series Sable de Camargue Rosé 2023

The sands of the Camargue, near Aiguës-Mortes in the south of France, produced a prototype for a modern, dry style of rosé, sometimes called gris de gris. It was a huge influence on Provence and indeed everywhere else. This is an outstanding contemporary take made for The Society by the Perrin family, pink-wine experts with Miraval as one of their top wines.

Label shows: 2020 – the launch of our single-cask whiskies and 1874 magazine. A new website goes live in 2021 and our first sustainability report in 2022.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Argentine Malbec 2022

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Argentine Malbec 2022

The excellent 2022 vintage and the Altamira region have produced a top-quality example of Argentina’s most celebrated wine, with floral and black-fruit aromas and a ripe, fresh and long palate. This was made by Susana Balbo, who founded her own winery, Dominio del Plata, in 1999. She has also served as a politician. But it’s the innate quality of her wines that keeps us working with her, and she was the obvious choice for this wine.

Label shows: Special fork-lift trucks needed for warehouse 4, the tallest of its kind in Europe. Exhibition range launch for our 125th anniversary in 1999 and our first website goes live, 2001.

The Wine Society's Generation Series Corbières-Boutenac 2021

The Wine Society's Generation Series Corbières-Boutenac 2022

The rugged hills of the Corbières have become a cherished source of full-bodied reds, and one of members’ favourites in recent years has been Ollieux-Romanis. We are thrilled to have worked with them on this fragrant, black-fruited and smoky wine. A carignan-led blend with mourvèdre, syrah and grenache in support, it draws its intensity from old vines – 40 to 100 years old – and was aged partly in barrels.

Label shows: The French shop in Montreuil-sur-Mer 2005 – 2016. Wine Championships begins in 2001. The opening of warehouse 4, the largest of its kind, in 2008.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series California Merlot 2021

The Wine Society’s Generation Series California Merlot 2021

Wine drinkers were wowed during the 1990s and 2000s by a host of great-value non-European wines. Few were more popular than California merlot, so much so that it even became a victim of its own success, as a certain popular movie shows! It was a success story for a reason, though, and for this wine we wanted to show why. Bogle blended this delightful red from their enviable parcels of Lodi and Clarksburg fruit and added a small portion of petite sirah to bring an extra layer of supporting flavour and texture.

Label shows: Ray Bowden served on the Committee for 36 years, 17 as Chair. Raising the flag in France the day the borders opened and evolving Society own labels.

The Wine Society's Generation Series Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2023

The Wine Society's Generation Series Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2023

We wanted to find a special pinot grigio that combined the pocket-friendly charm this grape became known for with cut-above quality and gastronomic versatility. We found it when we spoke to Alberto Marchisio at the historic Gambellara co-op. He grabbed the challenge with both hands and the result is this gorgeous exclusive. The fruit was grown on the slopes of a volcanic caldera in the Lessini Mountains between 250m and 350m above sea level, delivering wonderful weight and salinity to the finished wine. To develop the texture further, the wine was aged on its yeast lees for a little while before bottling, making it especially food-friendly.

Label shows: 2019 Pierre Mansour takes over as Director of Wine from Tim Sykes. Celebrating 50 years in Stevenage in our revamped members’ room. Launch of our Community in 2017 and new magazine in 2020.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series South African Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2023

The Wine Society’s Generation Series South African Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2023

South Africa has made the characterful and chameleonic chenin blanc grape a thriving mainstay of its exciting wine scene. This classically styled Stellenbosch chenin combines fresher unoaked wine with a barrel-fermented component for texture and complexity: the best, we feel, of several worlds. Radford Dale’s award-winning team created this bespoke blend, and we couldn’t be happier with it. It’s well worth decanting it for 20 minutes or so to allow its citrus and stone-fruit character, impressive weight and freshness to express themselves fully.

Label shows: 2012 – 408 solar panels on our warehouse roof help reduce our carbon footprint. Smart new van fleet and launching on Instagram in 2016.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Barossa Shiraz 2023

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Barossa Shiraz 2023

Bursting with aromas of violets, purple fruit and pepper on the nose, this vibrant, medium-bodied shiraz is a clever take on the Barossa style before the ‘80s and ‘90s, when the trend for big, OTT and high-alcohol wines set in. For this collaboation with Whistler Wines, we set out to show the elegance Barossa is capable of. It’s been a joy to work with them on this vibrant, elegant but still spot-hitting wine, and we think you’ll love it.

Label shows: The Eighties: Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams with a spring in his step! Computers arrive and a note to members on the opening of the new cellars and Showroom in 1989.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Prosecco Treviso Brut 2023

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Prosecco Treviso Brut 2023

The perfect Prosecco to toast the incredible rise of this popular sparkling wine. This was made for us by Marco Adami at his family estate in the hills of Prosecco. Unusually, the blend includes the perera grape alongside the more dominant glera. Perera has been losing ground to the more robust glera over the years, but the Adamis’ care and attention has allowed this wine to show off its unique character. It adds a wonderful citrus note and brightness. Perfect with a cream tea, this is a wine to enjoy in the sunshine, but is delicious any time.

Label shows: Our first woman Chair, Sarah Evans (2009 – 2021); forklifts rise the height of two Routemaster buses in warehouse 4 – the highest building of its type in Europe.

The Wine Society's Generation Series Valpolicella 2023

The Wine Society's Generation Series Valpolicella 2023

Chillable reds are all the rage now, but Valpolicella was ahead of the game! Spurred in popularity by the boom in wonderful pizza chains, its vibrant, refreshing summer-friendly flavours became a big hit in the UK – and it’s a style we wanted to pay homage to. This was made for us by Italy’s newest Master of Wine, Andrea Lonardi, from corvina planted in one of the region’s best single vineyards, at higher altitude. Fermented in concrete to preserve all its freshness and juiciness, it has bright red-cherry flavours, floral notes, great precision and a peppery, savoury tang.

Label shows: New livery launched 2019, one of our single-cask whisky butts, we take to Instagram in 2016 and new Bin Series range launches 2019.

Taste a new era of wine with a second release of delicious exclusives. We've added new wines that cover classic styles, and one or two surprises…​

Discover more about each of the wines in The Generation Series and their unique labels below.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Muscadet 2022

Muscadet is cleaner, riper, and all round friendlier than ever before, giving us the opportunity to create a very modern wine with a nod to the past. Maison Chéreau-Carré have been making wine since the 1950s and supplying The Wine Society for almost 40 years and were pioneers of the ‘sur Lie’ style. Early Society Lists included Muscadet and a small component of this unique wine was raised in older oak barrels, bringing extra breadth and complexity to Muscadet’s natural freshness and appetising salinity

Label shows: Our cellars at Joiner St, the coronation of King George VI and our own-label Champagne commandeered by the occupying forces.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Muscadet 2022

Orvieto was one of the only Italian whites on the List in this era and we chose borthers Bernardo and Niccolò to make this fresh and complex wine for us at the Barberani estate in Umbria, Italy. It’s an unusual and delicious blend of Orvieto picked two weeks apart: half at the start of the harvest for tension and citrus fruit, the other half picked later for richness and riper fruit. The result is an unmissable white with great balance with fresh nectarine, lime and apricot fruit, and a floral, salted finish.

Label shows: Wartime conditions and bottlings ‘shipped and distributed under authority of his majesty’s government’.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Tokaji Furmint 2021

Hungary’s region is famed for its sweet wines but over the last 10 to 15 years, attention has turned to the production of dry furmint, harnessing the grape's natural freshness and opulent flavour. It’s a trend we pre-empted at The Wine Society by some 80 years! To showcase the style, we asked Pajzos winery to create a special wine using partial barrel maturation. The result shows furmint's natural style but with added weight and opulence. Already in bottle for over two years, this is showing waxed lime and toasted notes, but will continue to develop with time.

Label shows: The 1960s heralded a new era in Wine Society design with our first logo and radical new List covers!

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Rioja Blanco Reserva 2018

This thrilling, food-friendly white is a nod to the notable quality of Rioja’s aged white wines, which shone during this era (1924-1974). It was made by Bodega Hacienda López de Haro (also behind the red Rioja in this series) entirely from local grapes grown in high-quality vineyard plots. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak barrels and a further three years in bottle, resulting in a complex white with hints of floral notes and buttery, nutty flavours, soft texture and a precise finish.

Label shows: Edward VIII’s coronation and then abdication in 1936, wartime radio announcements and special ordering conditions for members during this period.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Gentil, Alsace 2021

We have worked with several generations of the Hugel family, who have been making wine in the heart of Alsace since 1639. Many early Alsace listings appeared simply as ‘Gentil’, the historic name given to a blend of noble grape varieties still used by Hugel today. Our Society’s Vin d’Alsace, also by Hugel, is made in this style, but this unique superior blend includes grand cru fruit from the Sporen and Pflostig vineyards, adding fine complexity on the palate. Gentle in texture, underpinned by a backbone of minerality and fine length, this is a delicious taste of Alsace in a bottle.

Label shows: Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1952, bottling at Hills Place and new List covers in the 1950s.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Graves Blanc 2021

A delicious example of consummate food-friendly dry white Bordeaux, so popular in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but sadly often overlooked today. To showcase the best of the style, we collaborated with Maison Dourthe, one of Bordeaux's most respected château owners and négociants. We’re thrilled with the result. The blend is 54% semillon, which lends body and depth, 34% sauvignon blanc, contributing freshness and aromatic intensity, and 12% muscadelle, which adds a touch of grapiness on the finish. It includes fruit from the vineyards of Château Rahoul (which makes some of the best whites of the whole of Graves) and was partly aged in barrel. A classically styled dry white Bordeaux with mouthwatering notes of white peach and citrus, it can be enjoyed with a wide variety of fish and seafood dishes, poultry or goat's cheese.

Label shows: Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and became a member in 1931; our art nouveau List cover replaced in 1930 after 30 years.

The Wine Society’s Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2019

The small family producer of Sumarroca is behind this Cava (a category introduced to the world in 1972). It was aged for over two years on its lees (yeast cells) and then, specially for this Generation Series bottling, a further year in bottle after being disgorged. This enhances the toasty, appley flavour as well as the complexity and mouthfeel, epitomising the high, yet often underrated, quality of Cava.

Label shows: The move out of London to Stevenage in 1965, our Centenary List cover and the increasingly fun use of illustrations at this time.

The Wine Society’s Generation Australian Cabernet-Merlot 2022

This is a charming, contemporary take on a style popular among Society members in the mid-20th century. We worked with Bleasdale, who were a joy to team up with, giving us access to prime fruit to create a fantastic-value red. Early Lists described Australian reds as ‘Bordeaux type’ which led to our choice of a cabernet-merlot blend. The cabernet sauvignon brings backbone and structure to the blend with a layer of black fruit and supple tannins. The merlot complements this perfectly, bringing succulent and vibrant red fruit and attractive floral aromas. A succulent and juicy wine showing the best elements of the two grapes.

Label shows: Sebastian Payne MW, longstanding buyer for The Society, who joined us in 1973.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Vinsobres 2021

The Jaume family are an institution in the village of Vinsobres and have produced over 100 vintages. They are also an institution among Wine Society members, who embraced the first vintage supplied to us in 1979 immediately! It seemed obvious that Vinsobres, now a cru of the Rhône Valley should feature in this 150th anniversary range. Situated near the beginning of the Apls (at the norther end of the southern Rhône), mountain breezes are never far away and summer nights are cool, and so the wines are naturally fresh and fruity. This special wine has bright open fruit like cherries and raspberries, ripe tasting but without any heaviness.

Label shows: Sir John Barbirolli, conductor and cellist (who became a member in 1944), and the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1952.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Chianti Classico 2021

This exclusive wine from Castello di Brolio has wonderful lift and elegance, with lovely aromas of red apple and rosemary. We may be celebrating our 150th anniversary but this is nothing compared to Brolio: their next big anniversary will be their 900th!

For such a historic estate, the factor that drew us to partner with them on this wine was the way in which current owner and president Francesco Ricasoli has so skilfully modernised the winery. His laser focus on sangiovese, even to the point of commissioning detailed studies into his own clonal trials, coupled with his meticulous vinification of small plot-by-plot production, means that his Chiantis are some of the most polished, classical examples that we try each year, perfect for a representative spot in this celebratory range.

Label shows: A new era for The Society in Stevenage, with purpose-built cellars and bottling line and a new range of affordable wines.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series South African Red, Coastal Region 2021

A herbal-perfumed, fresh, silky-textured red with lovely freshness from one of the coolest addresses in the world of wine – the urban winery of Duncan Savage, Tim Atkin’s Winemaker of the Year 2023. Early Society Lists described reds from the Cape as ‘Bordeaux type’ or ‘Burgundy type’. With Duncan in mind, we opted for the ‘Burgundy type’. We believe those early listings would have been based on the cinsault grape as plantings of pinot were limited then. These days, it’s cinsault which is in short supply and highly sought after. Duncan’s own cinsault, Follow the Line, is one of the Cape’s best, and our wine was made in that style, part from the cool Follow the Line vineyard in Darling and the balance from a small experimental vineyard in the Swartland.

Label shows: Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Chairman from 1964 to 1987, a great influence on The Society who was instrumental in our move out of London.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2020

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2020

This fragrant plummy claret is a bespoke wine made for the Generation Series from the pick of the 2020 crop at Château de Pitray. We’ve been shipping Pitray’s for over four decades, including every consecutive vintage for more than 20 years. The vineyards are located in the Castillon region, whose soils are similar to neighbouring Saint-Emilion, and whose best wines (Pitray included) are made very much in the same mould.
Owner Jean de Boigne is the 23rd generation to run the estate, and the blend we made is 65% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 5% malbec, the majority aged in French oak barrels. The result is a deliciously satisfying and intense wine with damsons, bitter chocolate and a hint of liquorice on the finish.

Label shows: Sir Henry Wood, co-founder and chief conductor of the Proms and Sir Henry John Newbolt, poet, novelist and historian (who became members in the 1930s).

A strong focus on Europe and reflects the styles of wines listed by The Society during its first 50 years. The wines cover classic styles such as red Bordeaux, Rioja, Bucelas (the first wine sold by The Society), dry German riesling and sherry. 

The Society’s buying team has worked closely with suppliers to create wines how they would have been made during the period. For example, the first period includes a garnacha-dominant Rioja, a dry ‘sac’ sherry and a bone-dry German riesling.

Each carries a unique label taken from a pictorial history or Vineline depicting The Wine Society’s 150-year history.

Discover more about each of the wines in The Generation Series and their unique labels below.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Mâcon-Villages 2022

This is an attractive and complex blend of Mâcon from a number of villages with 8% oak-aged wine to contribute principally structure, not aroma, and 19% from a superior appellation included to augment the quality. 2022 is a warm year that produced ripe yet fresh fruit with a melony character, it illustrates expertise of négociant house Maison Jacques Dépagneux, with whom we have had a long and fruitful relationship.  Their extensive contacts in Burgundy and their consummate skills in selecting and blending wines helps them to achieve such excellent quality at competitive prices.

The label depicts some firsts in our history taken from our Vineline: start of an enduring relationship with Gratien in 1906, installation of the telephone in 1905 and construction of the Palladium above our cellars in 1910.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Rioja 2020

Rioja has a long and celebrated history, and it has seen many changes over the centuries. For our anniversary we wanted to honour to the way that Rioja was made, aged and labelled when The Wine Society was in its infancy. To do this, we asked Bodegas Hacienda López de Haro to apply their generations of experience in Rioja’s vineyards to make this wonderful blend of garnacha and tempranillo and age it for several years before bottling in 2023.

Label shows: First office and cellar at Medical Society of London. Founder, Brudenell Carter FRCS.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Haut-Médoc 2019

Over the years, Château Beaumont has delighted us all with its consistent supply of benchmark left-bank claret and outstanding value, earning members’ unfailing loyalty and making The Wine Society their biggest customer worldwide. It made perfect sense for us to work with them in the exemplary 2019 vintage to make this silky-smooth, plump merlot-cabernet sauvignon blend. We believe that the members of the first 50 years of our existence would have enjoyed it as much as you will.

Label shows: Royal Albert Hall where we were founded in 1874. First Chairman, Mac-Leod of Mac-Leod. Company seal and earliest existing List cover, 1880.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Bucelas 2022

This Bucelas really had to be among our anniversary wines. After all, a ‘Bucellas’ was the first wine The Society ever bought in August of 1874! We turned to Portuguese wine giant, the family-owned Sogrape Vinhos and their Quinta da Romeira estate, which has been producing wines since 1703, for this fresh modern version, a crisp, dry Portuguese white that epitomises the Atlantic freshness of Atlantic coast, and available by the bottle or the half-bottle.

Label shows: Victorian decanter labels reveal popularity of this wine. Punch illustration of Wine Society founder Brudenell Carter FRCS.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Wachenheimer Riesling 2021

When The Wine Society began in 1874, rieslings from Germany were greatly favoured in Britain, not least by Queen Victoria herself. According to our Germany buyer, Marcel Orford-Williams, the popular rieslings of the time would have been dry. We therefore turned to our oldest partners there, the Bürklin-Wolf family of Wachenheim in the Pfalz region, to create a wine for our Generation Series.

Label shows: Wines were 'tested' rather than 'tasted' by the Committee for adulteration! Tower Bridge opens 1894. California zinfandel is listed, 1890.

Primitivo di Manduria 2022

It was somewhat unexpected to find primitivo appearing in so many of our early Lists. Our buyer for Italy, Sarah Knowles MW, was delighted, and partnered with Produttori di Manduria in the grape’s Puglian heartland to find an anniversary treat. A co-operative approaching its own centenary, they worked with Sarah to make this lovely primitivo from old bush-vine fruit on the Salento Peninsula.  Sarah was given free rein to choose any primitivo she desired for it. Her judgement was spot on.

Label shows: Advert for wine stoppers. Opening of Central London Railway. Death of Queen Victoria, 1901. New Arts and Crafts List cover, 1903.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Reserve Port

It will surprise no one that Ports were among our earliest offerings to members. We believe that this silky unfiltered gem from the historic Quinta do Vale Meão, producer of The Society’s Exhibition Douro – a company woven into the tapestry of the Douro Valley – pays delicious homage to those great old Ports in considerable style. Ready to drink but quite capable of ageing, this is history in a glass just waiting for your cheeseboards or chocolates.

Label shows: 1918, dog guard joins staff following a theft from the van. Opera singer Louise Kirkby-Lunn becomes a member, 1922.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Crémant de Loire 2020

A trusted relationship of more than 100 years is a remarkable thing, but that is just what we have with the superb house of Gratien & Meyer in the Loire valley, producers of top-quality sparkling wines. They were the obvious choice to make a wine to celebrate our 150th anniversary and they have produced something scintillating. It’s a classic blend led by chenin blanc, so deliciously different to our popular Celebration Crémant and well worth celebrating in its own right.

Label shows: Alfred Gratien – we make our first shipment of bubbles, 1906. Arthur Conan Doyle joins, 1910. First typewriter, 1910.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Medium-Sweet Oloroso 37.5 cl

Sherry has a long and storied history in Britain and was hugely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a shoo-in for our Generation Series. We wanted a sherry that reflected the style of wine that would have been familiar to our earliest members, and the famous house of Williams and Humbert have come up trumps with this blend of old, bone-dry oloroso and a dash of rich, sweet pedro ximénez from a 90-butt solera in their Jerez cellars.

Label shows: Bottling at Hills Place cellars. New List design by GM Ellwood.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Portuguese Red 2021

This fragrant, silky red-fruited Portuguese red is the culmination of discussions between Wine Society buyer for Portugal, Joanna Locke MW, and the charismatic, innovative and inspirational Dirk Niepoort and his son Daniel. Together they have blended across regions to produce a style of wine that we believe is close to those that we shipped for members in the late 19th century. This wine is not only good to drink, it’s a taste of history.

Label shows: Opening of Tower Bridge, 1894. Advert for California zinfandel. 1897, Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee.

The Wine Society’s Generation Series Régnié 2022

Beaujolais wines have featured in Society lists since our earliest days, and such was the fame of Régnié as an excellent source that grapes from around the village doubtless made their way in to many a Beaujolais shipped to us then. Its quality is still renowned. We turned to our long-time suppliers, Maison Jacques Dépagneaux and their impressive resources and contacts, to blend a wine worthy of our Generation Series from the excellent 2022 vintage.

Label shows: Writer John Galsworthy joins 1913. Lease signed on cellars in Hills Place, 1902.


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