We do like a glass of wine (well if we’re honest we like several) at the Canteen, and we wanted to take a moment to share with you our excitement at having 3 awesome grapes that have been handled by absolute legends of the trade.
We strongly suggest you come and chill on the hill and enjoy a bottle or two in excellent company.
Our wine: Riff Pinot Grigio, Terra Alpina, Alois Lageder, 2011: £25
Region: Alto Adige
One of the best regions in all Italy and indeed the world for growing pinot grigio grapes. Protected by the dolomite mountains, the vines enjoy a long, sunny growing season with warm days and cool nights that help to preserve both the grapes’ natural aromas and acidity.
Producer: Alois Lageder.
Alois is widely regarded to be the leading producer in the Alto Adige and the Lageder family have been growing wine here for 150 years. Lageder’s focus is on a respect for the soil, and the environment in which the vines grow, all of his wines are biodynamic and organic. The Riff Pinot Grigio is an exceptional example of the grape, fresh, rich and elegant in style.
Our Wine: Catena Malbec, 2010: £30
Historically a French grape, the Argentineans have made Malbec their own. It is completely at home in Mendoza, which is in the highest planes of the Andes. The landscape provides amazing conditions for growing grapes, high rainfall, lots of sunshine and great irrigation.
Producer: In 2009, Nicolas Catena’s work was honoured when the world’s leading wine publication, Decanter, named him their Man of the Year. No one has done more for Malbec production in Argentina or the Argentine wine industry as a whole than Nicolas Catena. Nicolas was considered mad in the 90s for planting in the Uco Valley (1400m) but he recognised the benefits of planting on higher, cooler ground. His Malbecs are considered some of the greatest in the world.
Our wine: Wolf Riesling, Ernst Loosen, 2010: £24
The Romans originally brought wine to the Mosel region in Germany and they have been producing some of the world’s best Rieslings ever since. The slate soils provide great drainage for the heavy rainfall and the warm summer months are perfect for creating extra fruit.
Producer: Ernst Loosen
Another globally recognised producer, Ernst Loosen has also been named Decanter’s Man of the Year. He exclusively grows (and adores) Riesling and is regarded as one of the finest producers in the Mosel region.