Esoterica is the “show within the show” section that is exclusively for smaller independent importers or agents, many of whom will be showcasing boutique wineries. Specialist importer, Red Squirrel, will unveil a raft of new winegrowers joining its expanding portfolio, including a new organic producer from in Austria – Bioweingut Diwald. Martin Diwald has been a pioneer of organic viticulture in Austria since 1980 and makes small-scale, razor-sharp, classic Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, as well as a magisterial orange Grüner.
Eclectic Wines, the Greek wine specialist, will show 28 wines from nine wineries, including a winery new to the UK – Domaine Mercouri, one of Greece’s most historic wineries, which has just celebrated its 150 anniversary, and one of Greece’s most iconic producers, Haridimos Hatzidakis from Santorini. H2Vin will be exhibiting in Esoterica for the very first time and will be showcasing several wines, including Fraga do Corvo Monterrei Godello 2014, Chinon from Domaine de Pallus and Côtes de Provence Blanc from Château de Roquefort.
Over in Wines Unearthed, where wineries are seeking UK distribution, family-owned Coal Pit from Gibbston, Central Otago is committed to producing world class wines from their sustainably accredited vineyard and on-site winery, where only small volumes of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are produced annually.
Maison Williams Chase – better known for its Chase Vodka – will show the wines – including a Rosé – from the boutique, Luberon-based Domaine Château Constantin, which it acquired in 2012.
Bancroft Wines will show Ataraxia, a boutique South African winery which was founded in 2004. In partnership with a few friends, husband and wife team Kevin and Hanli Grant purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land in an exceptional landscape, known as ‘The Skyfields’ – lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde region.