Travels in Wine

Take a trip with our buyers as they explore the world to meet the people behind our wines.

Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

October 2018

Location

Bulgaria

Buyer

Laura Vickers-Green

Gallery

Gallery


It was a first trip to Bulgaria for both me and buyer Freddy Bulmer, and we were keen to discover just what defined Bulgarian wines. It was a bumpy road (literally!) but oh-so worth it for this unforgettable voyage of discovery.



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

April 2019

Location

California

Buyer

Louisa Peskett

Gallery

Gallery


Merchandising Manager Louisa Peskett gets a whistle-stop tour of California's principal wine regions, Lodi, Napa and Sonoma. This is an extraordinary place not without its challenges - floods, beaver damage (yes!), droughts and wildfires – have all beset wine growers, but the wines are going from strength to strength. She picks out some highlights and shares her learnings.

Travels in Wine California: Budburst in the Rain!

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Travels in Wine

Travels in Wine California: Scenic Sonoma & Big Brands




Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

April 2019

Location

Bordeaux

Buyer

Sebastian Payne MW & Tim Sykes

Gallery

Gallery


'Exciting, illuminating and daunting.' This is how buyer Sebastian Payne MW feels when setting out to taste the new Bordeaux vintage, even with 40+ under his belt. He joined current Bordeaux buyer Tim Sykes for part of the intensive tasting sessions in Bordeaux tasting, re-tasting and tasting again the new babies of the 2018 vintage.

People, Pauillac & the right bank

Travels in Bordeaux: People, Pauillac & the right bank

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Tasting the new-born 2018 Margaux

Travels in Bordeaux: Tasting the new-born 2018 Margaux

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Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

January 2019

Location

Bordeaux

Buyer

Gil Riggans & Tim Sykes

Gallery

Gallery


Gil Riggans of our Tastings & Events team heads to Bordeaux with buyer Tim Sykes as he blends our top-selling wine and gets an early feel for the 2018 vintage.

Travels in Bordeaux: Blending our Biggest Seller

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Travels in Wine

Travels in Bordeaux: Heading Out of the City




Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

January 2019

Location

Beaujolais

Buyer

Tim Sykes & Martin Brown

Gallery

Gallery


There is an artisan explosion happening in Beaujolais giving us an embarrassment of exciting (and double-take inducingly affordable) bottles to enjoy. This really is a moment for the region, one that has been long in the making and one that wine drinkers should grab with both hands – and a corkscrew. Here is a little of what I learned when I joined our buyer Tim Sykes on his most recent trip, meeting some of the leading growers and getting a feel for their 2017 and 2018 wines.

Martin Brown

Premier Glou: Why Now is Beaujolais’ Time

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Travels in Wine

Sun = Light? Tasting the 2017s and 2018s

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Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

December 2018

Location

Bordeaux

Buyer

Tim Sykes & David Marsh

Gallery

Gallery


Our buyer Tim Sykes has been working hard to build up our range of 'petits châteaux' clarets from the lesser-known appellations in Bordeaux. Head of Information Systems and Bordeaux enthusiast David Marsh witnessed the effort that goes into this first-hand (you have to 'kiss a lot of frogs!') and how the whole is greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to blending our Society's Sauvignon Blanc. Oh, and being a bit of a foodie, David provides some tips on good addresses for those that might want to visit this great wine city.



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

October 2018

Location

Burgundy

Buyer

Matthew Horsley

Gallery

Gallery


Our buyer Toby Morrhall spends a good deal of time fossicking among the intricate and often tiny vineyards of Burgundy & tasting extensively in growers' cellars to select the best wines to offer en primeur. I joined him for a couple of days in this exercise. It was my first trip to the region and though I love white Burgundy, I am not afraid to admit that I have never experienced that 'wow' moment with red Burgundy… was this to be the time?

Matthew Horsley

Travels in Burgundy: Baptism by Water!

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Travels in Wine

Travels in Burgundy: Officially Beguiled!

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Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

October 2018

Location

Piedmont

Buyer

Matthew Horsley

Gallery

Gallery


Tasting 2015 Barolos ahead of our en primeur offer with not one but two masters of wine (current buyer Sebastian Payne and Italy-buyer-in-waiting, Sarah Knowles) was a real treat. Even for MWs, this complex region is challenging, but the rewards are immense.

Matthew Horsley

Travels in Wine Piedmont: Barolo – an overview

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Travels in Wine Piedmont: Barrelling on in Barolo

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Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

January 2019

Location

Rhône

Buyer

Marcel Orford-Williams

Gallery

Gallery


A crucial part of my role as a Wine Society buyer is visiting all our suppliers. I try to get out to see each of them at least once a year, sometimes more, and of course we are always looking for new people and even new areas to explore.

Marcel Orford-Williams

Travels in Wine Rhône: Marcel on the Road 2018

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Travels in Wine

Travels in Wine Rhône: News from the Field

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Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

March 2018

Location

Greece

Buyer

Sebastian Payne MW & Freddy Bulmer

Gallery

Gallery


A mini Greek Odyssey: not long or epic, but a trip to Greece last spring with Freddy Bulmer was both inspirational and rejuvenating.

Sebastian Payne MW

Travels in Wine Greece: Four Feet in the Peloponnese

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Travels in Wine Greece: In the Heart of Naoussa Country

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Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

March 2018

Location

Romania

Buyer

Freddy Bulmer &
Mahesh Bharwaney

Gallery

Gallery


By royal invitation: a journey from Stevenage to the vineyards of Prince Stirbey in Drăgăsani. A story of love and redemption and Romanian wine revival.

Mahesh Bharwaney

On the road to Dragasani

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The rebirth of Prince Stirbey

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Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

March 2018

Location

Alsace

Buyer

Joanna Locke MW &
Joanna Goodman

Gallery

Gallery


Would I like to drive out to Alsace with our buyer Jo Locke MW to collect some samples and meet some of our growers? Well, of course I would! Who wouldn't? Here's how it went and what we learned along the way.

Joanna Goodman News & Content Editor



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

June 2018

Location

Hungary

Buyer

Sebastian Payne MW &
Freddy Bulmer

Gallery

Gallery


Freddy Bulmer and I made a hot and sticky visit to Hungary this summer. The winemaking regions are far apart but we were thrilled with what we found as this historic wine nation starts to really hit its stride.

Sebastian Payne MW

Hot in Hungary

Hot in Hungary

Hungary
Travels in Wine

It’s a long way to Szekszárd

It’s a long way to Szekszárd

Hungary
Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

April & September 2018

Location

South Africa

Buyer

Joanna Locke MW

Gallery

Gallery


I was lucky enough to visit South Africa twice in 2018, rekindling my love for the Cape winelands and the country's super passionate growers in April and tasting some mature gems on my return in September as well seeing some of the sights of this beautiful country.

Joanna Locke MW



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

January 2018

Location

Austria

Buyer

Freddy Bulmer &
Rosie Allen

Buyer

Gallery


Visionary winemakers, a raging natural-wine debate and revelations on a scandal aren't what I was expecting when I joined buyer Freddy Bulmer on his first buying trip to Austria earlier this year.

Rosie Allen

History lessons

Travels in Austria: Castles, Riesling and Notes on a Scandal

Austria
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Bright new hopes

Travels in Wine: Maverick Winemakers and Bright New Hopes

Austria
Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

October 2017

Location

Jerez

Buyer

Tim Sykes

Buyer

Gallery


A keen drinker and advocate of sherry, I was delighted to find responsibility for sourcing these finest of fortifieds come my way.

Tim Sykes



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

2018

Location

Rhône

Buyer

Marcel Orford-Williams

Buyer

Gallery


Barely a drop of rain from April to November led to a tiny crop of, thankfully, high-quality fruit with that glorious sweet ripeness that only comes in the sunniest years.

Marcel Orford-Williams

Rhône 2017: The Drought Factor

Rhône 2017: The Drought Factor

Rhone
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Food worthy of the wine

Travels in Wine: Great Places to Eat in the Rhône

Rhone
Travels in Wine



Travels in Wine
Travels in Wine
Date

2018

Location

Argentina

Buyer

Toby Morrhall

Buyer

Gallery


Argentina's malbecs, with their softly alluring, fruit-forward charm, are deservedly in vogue. I've been buying South American wine for over two decades and have been excited to see the increasing variety and nuance.

Toby Morrhall

Argentina: the present and the future

Argentina: the present and the future

Argentina
Travels in Wine

Exciting emerging regions in the Uco Valley

Exciting emerging regions in the Uco Valley

Argentina
Travels in Wine



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