The ‘London Cru’ winery comes to the Langhe (well, actually the Roero!) in search of Barbera…

They flew in with the big storm that hit Milan last night. They came not in search of truffles (it’s still too early folks) but of Barbera. They brought the sun too. Berry Bros.’ customer Will Tomlinson (@TEWRR) and his winemaker Gavin Monery – the men behind London’s first winery, the recently opened ‘London Cru’ (, […]

Punset begins its 2013 Nebbiolo for Barbaresco harvest on October 10th

From my office in Serralunga d’Alba, I nipped over to Neive – a 10 minute drive along the Langhe ridge – to meet up with Marina Marcarino of producer Punset as she harvested Nebbiolo in her San Cristoforo vineyard. Her organic vineyards stand out with their autumnal leaves. Marina’s been organic since 1982, being certified […]

La Festicciola! The Grand Tour Italian friends and suppliers lunch – a customer’s view

Berry Bros. & Rudd saluted its Grand Tour Italian friends and suppliers with a farewell lunch at No.3 on 4th September. Mr Sander ten Veldhuijs was one of the lucky few customers to attend. Here he shares his experiences. “Is there a better way to spend your afternoon below London with a large group of […]

Report on my visit to Abruzzo, as we gear up for Berrys’ ‘Grand Tour’ Italian annual tasting

Ask any northern Italian where Abruzzo lies and they’ll more likely dismiss the region as being in the South, populated by ‘terrone’ (a pejorative term for ‘southerners’) supplying bulk wine (for the benefit of the north); in reality the Abruzzese seem a measured, impressive bunch whose fruit is being increasingly bottled (not sold off), and […]