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Autumn in the heel of Italy

Italy's south still has the capacity to surprise, excite and charm even the most widely travelled and experienced wine buyer.

Last autumn I accompanied Sebastian Payne MW, Society buyer for Italy, on a whistle-stop tour of the southern wine regions of the country. The purpose of the trip was mainly to see existing suppliers from Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, but also to prospect for new wines.

Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes
Head Buyer

  • date November 2016
  • location Italy
  • people Tim Sykes

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Autumn in the heel of Italy

Southern Italy 2016

Autumn in the heel of Italy

Tim Sykes accompanies Italian buyer Sebastian Payne MW on a whistle-stop tour of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, visiting existing suppliers and prospecting for new ones. Surprising highlights include sadly neglected Calabria and singing nuns!

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Provence 2017

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Piedmont 2017

In pursuit of Piedmont’s finest

In preparation for our first ever en primeur offer of 2013 Barolos, buyer Sebastian Payne MW heads to Piedmont in January 2017 to pick the best of the crop. His travelling companions, colleagues David Marsh and Louisa Peskett, both new to the region, share their experiences.

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Cognac 2017

Getting to know Cognac

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