NEWCOMER Wines
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Trade

We are an importer specialising in minimal intervention wines from Austria and its neighbouring countries. We work with a new generation of producers dedicated to making terroir-driven wines from indigenous varieties. Our winemakers work organically and biodynamically, preferring to spend their time in the vineyards rather than the cellar. Above all, we look for wines that are honest, distinctive and delicious.

Our trade clients include Sager + Wilde, Fera at Claridges, Timberyard Edinburgh, Vagabond Wines, Corbin & King, 67 Pall Mall, Hawksmoor, Brawn, Le Manoir Aux Quat Saison, P.Franco, Carters of Moseley Birmingham and Marcus Wareing Group.

Cidrerie du Vulcain

Jacques Perritaz was working as a biologist for the Swiss government when he decided to abandon the life of report writing in favour of a career that would bring him closer to nature. At first, Jacques considered becoming a winemaker and started working for a few Swiss producers. During his time in the countryside Jacques began to notice old forgotten apple trees scattered in the wild or in small pastures that belonged to people with little interest in harvesting the fruit. Jacques became fascinated with these abandoned trees and in 2000 decided to set up a small cider mill in an old tile factory in Gruyère and start making cider from foraged fruit.

Jacques works with ancient Swiss apple varieties that are too rare and yield too little fruit for commercial use. The trees are all untreated and some of them are up to 200 years old. Each year Jacques picks the fruit of 150-200 trees. Although the trees can only produce tiny quantities of apples every year - largely due to their age - the fruit they yield is of exceptional quality and concentration of flavour. Jacques only uses indigenous yeasts in the fermentation process, and unlike most cider producers, he never artificially carbonates - preferring to keep the cider as natural as possible. Today, Jacques works with apples, pears, and quince producing cider that is unusually delicate and complex.