Lady of the Grapes - A wine bar dedicated to women winemakers

This week Tom popped over to Covent Garden to visit new wine bar, Lady of the Grapes, a bar with a special emphasis on wines from women winemakers, all of which are organic.
“Carole Bryon grew up between Paris and Normandy, and the influences of both are evident in the former ad agency art director’s new venture, Lady of the Grapes – an intimate 30-cover wine bar in London’s Maiden Lane, which brings the charms of prewar Montparnasse and the Pays d’Auge to Covent Garden. After wine studies in London and stints at Terroirs and Grocery Wine Vault, Bryon decided to set out on her own, aiming to highlight the more esoteric, artisan wines she most enjoys, with a special emphasis on female winemakers.”
To read Tom's full article over on The Financial Times How to Spend It click here.

Raising a glass to women winemakers

In an industry still largely dominated by men we are all for raising a glass to female winemakers and we're lucky enough to work with some fantatic ones.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Wines, Burgundy, France

Melbourne-born Jane Eyre-Renard, having got the wine bug, worked the vintage in Burgundy before studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University, and then completing stages at Cullen in Margaret River, and Felton Road in New Zealand. She came back to Europe in 2003 and worked 3 months for Ernie Loosen in the Mosel before getting a job in Burgundy with Domaine des Comtes Lafon in January 2004.
Our Wine Director Tom Harrow met Jane for the first time in 2014 whilst staying with a mutual friend and was really impressed with her wines. Talking about the UK market she observed wryly "if I can't appeal to the British market with my name then I'm in trouble".
Her 2013 Corton-Renardes received 95 points from Jamie Goode and was featured last month in the Revue de Vins de France as one of their wines of the year.
View Jane's wines here.

Francesca Vaona

La Giaretta, Veneto, Italy

Francesca and her husband Francesco run the estate located in Valgatara, a small hill town that lies in the heart of the classic Valpolicella region. The vineyard has been in the family since late 1950s and now Francesca and Francesco are carrying on the passion and vision of the first founder. They produce the lot from the lighter dryer Valpolicella to its sturdier brother Amarone della Valpolicella, which are the two most important red wines in the Veneto, all the way to the sweet Recioto. For several generations, the winery has produced and bottled wine obtained exclusively from grapes grown on the estate including the Valpolicella, the Ripasso and the Amarone.
Introduced to us at Vinitaly 2006, the wines from La Giaretta have rapidly established themselves as among the most popular of our portfolio.
View La Giaretta's wines here.

Corinne Seely

Exton Park Vineyard, Hampshire

Corinne is the Head Winemaker at Exton Park, a relatively new vineyard, set on the slopes of the wide rolling chalklands at the heart of Hampshire. Corinne’s winemaking career began in Bordeaux with Chateau Lynch Bages and Domaine de Chevalier and, since then, has flourished in Australia, the Languedoc, the Douro, and now England. At Exton Park, her skill in producing elegant sparkling wines with character and finesse is very evident, and her philosophy of creating non-vintage wines to suit the English climate is widely respected.
The team at Exton Park have a strong commitment to the environment, so Corinne works in an eco-friendly cellar room, with solar panels providing the power for the temperature control.
View Exton Park's wines here.