PARTNERS

The Real Wine Fair is organised by Les Caves de Pyrène along with a number of superb partners without whom The Fair would not be possible…

 

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Les Caves de Pyrène is a wine importer, distributor and agent founded in 1988. Initially it was four people, a battered van and a  handful of wines from South West France. Now Les Caves employs around 50 people and sells to over 1,000 restaurants, independent fine wine shops and regional retailers in the UK, exports wines abroad, has offices and sales teams in Spain and Italy respectively and is a major partner in Terroirs, Soif, and Terroirs East Dulwich. Despite our growth, however, our philosophy remains the same as it did from the beginning: to source the best quality wines directly from the grower and the vineyard; that these wines should reflect their origins (the expression of terroir); that these wines should be sustainable, with low intervention and preferably organic or biodynamic; that we not only sell these wines with energy and passion but provide the service that helps our customers to connect more effectively with their customers. 

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Modal Wines is an importer of small-batch, distinctive wines, grown and produced with love and respect, regardless of location. Modal scales in music sit outside the more common and ordinary major and minor scales – out of the many parallels between music and wine, this particular concept beautifully illustrates the aim at Modal Wines: to source unique wines with the right mix of edge, character, balance, and drinkability – at times surprising, but always thoroughly enjoyable. A deep-rooted respect for nature unites all the producers in their portfolio, the onus being on wines made with as little interference in the vineyards and cellar as possible.

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Roland Wines is a young importer specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. They strive to find those producers, who stand out within their region by working in an innovative manner, following their own instincts but respecting traditions. Roland believe in growers who favour organic and biodynamic practices and prefer not to intervene in their cellar. They work with winemakers who are passionate about making terroir-driven wines to capture the sense of origin. 

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Wines Under the Bonnet was uncorked in 2015. Their idea was very simple:  to promote the wines they love to drink. With roots in the Muscadet area, it was only natural to focus on the diverse wines of the Loire. Since then, however, their vine has spread to embrace much of regional France with new shoots in Germany and Chile. Never too far from their beginnings they still work with a large and ever-growing range of producers from Muscadet. Under the Bonnet work with growers who operate simply and respect their natural environment, making wines with character and reflecting the region they hail from. It is a constant source of joy to nose out new wines and meet winemakers who share their passion. 

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Portuguese Story are traders and story tellers who want to give a Portuguese narrative to the world; to change people’s perceptions and to offer diversity and uniqueness. One way for people to engage with the land is through local, authentic produce. Wine can be a strong ambassador of native character and no more so than in Portugal. Their aim is to help people discover the real Portugal through its wonderful wine.

Learn more…Indigo Wine is an importer and agent of unique and artisanal wines from around the world. They are proud to distribute these wines to the UK’s best restaurants and independent retailers. They are best known for sourcing fresh and balanced wines from Spain, most notably from producers in lesser-known regions, who work with indigenous varieties. Over the years their portfolio has extended to include some real gems from Portugal, Austria, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile and beyond. They work hard to find talented growers who are committed to making real, honest and above all delicious wines. They are the true heroes of the wine world. 

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Newcomer Wines is an importer specialising in minimal intervention wines from Austria and its neighbouring countries. They look for wines that are honest, distinctive and delicious. Currently, they work with 35 producers who are dedicated to making terroir-driven wines from indigenous varieties, opting for winemakers who work organically and biodynamically, and that prefer spending their time in the vineyard rather than the cellar. In 2016 they opened a shop and bar in Dalston.

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Totem Wines work with growers from the undervalued parts of France, and also a few who are making their voice heard within the traditional regions of wine production. Many of these are eschewing their classification and this is often where we find the most exciting winemaking. Most work organically and some with the lunar calendar at hand; but all work hard in the vineyard to ensure, above all, healthy grapes, so there’s little need for more in the cellar. They are always on the lookout for drinkability, wines which need not necessarily be drunk with food, but by their nature are a versatile and exciting accompaniment.

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