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Rioja & Navarra

I travelled with head of buying Pierre Mansour out to Rioja to visit some of our existing producers and find out about some exciting new projects

Pierre's mission was primarily to blend the next vintage of our ever-popular Society's Rioja Crianza but we also took the time to visit some of the region's most celebrated producers. Nothing stands still in even the most traditional of regions.

Matthew Horsley

Matthew Horsley
Buying Department Trainee

  • date 2018
  • location Rioja & Navarra
  • people Matthew Horsley & Pierre Mansour

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

Salon des vins de Loire

Loire 2017

Salon des Vins de Loire

The annual Loire trade fair was an exciting opportunity for buyer Jo Locke and News & Content Editor Joanna Goodman to catch up with some of our producers - and discover a few new ones too.

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Spain 2016

Spain 2016

Buyer Pierre Mansour makes a pilgrimage to Spain, to visit one of the country's oldest but least known wine regions, before returning with Trainee Buyer Freddy Bulmer to try some exclusive and very special blends.

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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

Provence 2017

Pursuing pinks: two days in Provence

Forget fedoras and linens, if you're on a buying trip to Provence in January, you'd better pack your woollies!

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