While pubs, bars and restaurants remain closed, people are discovering new ways of enjoying their favourite drinks from home. One business is going one step further and delivering hand-picked international wines to your door.
There are a few ways to get drinks sent directly to your home, but what makes the Winebuyers method unique is that it connects wine lovers to some of the best vineyards in the world. With this model, users get to explore over 50,000 bottles from more that 40 countries to find the perfect wine for their taste. Here are some of our recommendations from the service.
From the Basalt Desert in Jordan, JR Wines is resurrecting the art of winemaking in an ancient terroir. Snow melt from the volcanic heights of Jabal al-Arab flows into the volcanic desert and gives life to over 40 grape varieties. With over 330 annual days of sunlight, the Jordanian climate beautifully enhances the characteristics of each grape.
Viu Manent is one of the longest established and most awarded producers in the renowned Colchagua Valley region. Founded in 1935, the vineyard spans 260 hectares (640 acres) over three locations: San Carlos, La Capilla and El Olivar. Wines are crafted from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier for whites and Malbec, Syrah, Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. Viu Manent is highly respected and particularly known for the high quality of its Malbec.
This a unique and exciting Italian vineyard founded by two brothers, Giovanni Leonardo Bassan, an artist from the creative world, and Francesco Vittorio Bassan, a sommelier from the family wine and spirits business. The brothers have come together to produce sparkling wine rooted in their Italian heritage.
The iconic removable bronze base of Katkoot’s bottles has also been conceived by artist Giovanni. Each bottle base is unique, handmade and designed for reuse.
Quinta da Boavista is one of the most emblematic and picturesque vineyard estates of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s premium winemaking region. The region is best known for its quality vines, some a century old, planted in 19th-century schist terraces. Quinta da Boavista’s vineyards – which span 40 hectares (99 acres) of classification A vines – have many expositions, traditional schist soils and range in altitude from 75m-325m (246ft-1,066ft). The result is an authentic vineyard that produces wines of exceptional quality.
An independent producer of organic white wines in Bordeaux, Château de Monfaucon sits alongside the banks of the Dordogne River. Wines are produced from its fastidiously hand-picked grapes so that only the best are bottled. From vine to wine, all processes are completed on the estate. Monfaucon believes high levels of alcohol can mask the fruit flavours in wine, so all bottles are light in ABV. The result is perfect ‘any time of day’ wines that can be enjoyed without the effects of a heavier choice.
Set in the historic heart of Berkshire, All Angels Vineyard makes the finest English sparkling wines by blending vines of Rondo, core to the production of sparkling Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris. The vineyard is situated next to the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels, where the inspiration for the name originates. This 12th-century parish church is also home to one of the oldest bells in England.
Having worked with an array of prestigious wineries, Mauricio established his own winery in 2002 in Perdriel, near the centre of Mendoza. The focus of his wide range of wines is freshness and varietal traits. Mauricio, who puts his heart and soul into winemaking, also uses oak minimally to ensure his bottles stand out from the crowd. The results are beautifully crafted, deeply concentrated elegant wines.
One of the smallest wineries in Bordeaux, Paradise Rescued produces high-quality, organic red wines. Currently producing about 2,000 bottles each year, the wines are handcrafted in its vineyard and winery. While Bordeaux is the world’s largest producer of the Cabernet Franc grape, fewer than 10 producers market a single varietal Cabernet Franc. Paradise Rescued is the leader of this small esteemed group.
Situated in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alexana Winery produces Pinot Noirs to rival the great wines of Burgundy. Before founding Alexana, Dr Revana travelled the wine regions of Europe and the United States, determined to create a vineyard from which he could craft his own world-class wines. Alexana, named after his daughter, was founded in 2005.
Domaine Foivos is the core historical vineyard of Kefalonia, an island west of mainland Greece, where local rare vines flourish at low altitudes across 24 hectares (60 acres) of vineyards enclosed by hills. Unusual clones of ancient grape varieties that grow here include Muscat, Thiako and Araklino. These, along with other rare indigenous grape varieties, produce two sweet wines, as well as one red and one white.
Cantina di Casorzo, one of the best producers of Italian dessert wine, produces around 15,000 hectolitres (330,000 gallons) of wine, obtained from 10 different grape varietals that span 200 hectares (494 acres) of vineyards. The procedures that transform grapes into wine and conserve it are the same as those employed centuries ago, now applied with modern criteria. The result is a winery that embodies the history of Monferrato and symbolises how winemaking technologies have evolved in recent years, producing two sweet wines, as well as one red and one white.