Breathing new life into old vines

As part of our annual spotlight on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop expounds upon a group of winemakers looking to the country’s historic vineyards for new inspiration and the ultimate expression of terroir. The seismic shift in Spanish winemaking over the past 50 years has been well-documented. Investment, technology and the changing global market have all played […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

Saving grapes

The wines of Greece have been experiencing a resurgence on our shores. While Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko weave their way into wine drinkers’ hearts, one producer is reviving other, more obscure grapes from Greece’s past. Here, Buyer Will Heslop introduces Domaine Lyrarakis. Few producers can be credited with reviving a grape varietal on the brink of […]

A reel from Rioja

While on holiday in the region, Wine Buyer Will Heslop dropped in to Haro to visit the famous Bodegas R. López de Heredia, one of the most traditional and respected Rioja producers. Here his evocative description of their extraordinary cellars is paired with Jason Lowe’s images. It’s difficult to remain business-like on a visit to […]