White wines from Luc Massy
Red wines from Luc Massy
Leaving the charming village of Epesses on the shore road to the west you will find among the vines on the right a 17th century bourgeois house, the seat of the house of Massy. This includes not only the main building but also the Clos du Roux, an extraordinary walled plot. The Massy family took up residence here in the 19th century and owns 8 hectares comprising the Epesses, Saint-Saphorin and Dézaley appellations. The vines are planted on plots that slope steeply at 30 to 60%, which necessitates a lot of manual work. These terraces, bordered by dry stone walls, make up a remarkable site, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As early as the 11th and 12th centuries the Benedictine and Cistercian monks recognised the exceptional soil and climatic conditions and the influence of the lake. The cultivation of Chasselas goes back to the 16th century. This grape is incontestably the ambassador of white wines in the canton of Vaud. It has all the qualities needed in a great wine, particularly the ability faithfully to reproduce the tonality of the soil in which it grows. Luc Massy is a winemaker who enjoys a great reputation not only in this region but throughout the country. His Dézaley Chemin de Fer, the estate's signature wine, brings out the best in this variety. The Epesses from the Clos du Roux is exceptional simply because it is the fruit of a plot over which the Massy family has a monopoly. Farming methods that respect the environment, low yields and rigorous sorting along with a cautious approach to fermentation and ageing lead, year after year, to high quality production.
For most of wine lovers in Switzerland, the name Guido Brivio is no unknown. However, abroad, it is a different story. Only after many years in the trade has he become among the wine experts and professionals of New York or London an insider tip, so to say, from an infinitesimally tiny unknown corner in the great international wine world.
The small, family-owned fruit eau-de-vie distillery Wilhelm Marx is located in the idyllic Bavarian Forest between Regensburg and Bodenmais, near the Great Arber, not far from the Czech border. To be precise, the distillery is located in the picturesque climatic health resort of Neukirchen at the typically Bavarian Gut Bärenhof. A natural oasis of unparalleled beauty.
De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.