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Featured Wineries

The 2016 Featured Wineries will be announced in early spring. Shown below are Featured Wineries from 2015.

Interested in being a Featured Winery in 2016? See Domestic Winery Participation or Foreign Winery Participation.

MAISON AMBROISE (Prémeaux-Prissey)
Represented by Bertrand & François Ambroise

The Ambroise family settled in Prémeaux-Prissey, near Nuits-Saint-Georges, 300 years ago. Bertrand Ambroise studied viticulture and winemaking and then traveled to Champagne and Cognac to learn the approaches of other regions. In 1987, he created the house of Ambroise, a négociant that also draws on the family’s 40 acres, which include two Premier Crus in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They now produce 11,000 cases a year with bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Bertrand views winemaking as a dialogue between traditionalists and modernists.

Represented by Thomas & Mary Delaney Bachelder

Although Thomas and Mary also make wine in Oregon and Niagara, Burgundy is Thomas Bachelder's spiritual home – the sacred ground where the Chardonnay and Pinot noir grapes first evolved, then happily grew and acclimatized. The blessed Côte d'Or (the 'Hills of Gold') is a long strand of hills stretching from Dijon to Chalon and there, Thomas works, where possible, with organic vignerons to ensure that the local ‘sense of place’ is best expressed. The Bachelder vineyards stretch from Nuits-Saint-Georges in the north, through Beaune, heading south to Puligny-Montrachet. Bachelder has rented very modest cellars just outside of Beaune and leads a ‘Garagiste-like’ existence…but wherever he works, Thomas crafts wines that sing of their origin with as little ‘makeup’ as possible – wines that are finely-perfumed and tightly-wound, offering the classic refined fruit and textured minerality of the best terroirs, whether grown in the limestone-laced Burgundian earth, or the complex sedimentary and volcanic-derived soils of Oregon.

Represented by Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume & Marc Jessiaume

Jean-Baptiste is from a line of highly respected and successful winemakers going back more than 160 years in the village of Santenay. Jean-Baptiste started his career in the family vineyard, benefiting from five generations of experience. He was awarded Côte de Beaune “Young Winemaker of the Year" in 2012 during the Hospices de Beaune Auction and received his award from Allen Meadows. Since joining Domaine Chanzy in 2013, Jean-Baptiste has had full responsibility for vinification of both red and white wines and has also led the modernization of the production facilities with regular support from his father, Marc, and uncle, Pascal (in charge of the viticulture).

DOMAINE CHEVROT (Cheilly-lès-Maranges)
Represented by Fernand Chevrot

Located in the Maranges region at the southern part of the Côte de Beaune wine region, Domaine Cheverot consists of 17 differents appellations spread over a total area of 18 hectares. It was Paul and Henriette Chevrot who gave their blood, sweat, and tears to establish the family domaine. In 1973, the management was passed to son Fernand and wife Catherine, and then onto sons Pablo and Vincent. Pablo started working for the domaine in July 2002 after completing his studies. Vincent, the younger of the sons, joined the family domaine in 2007 after completing his studies and gaining winemaking experience in France and around the world. Love for the vines and the wine and the awareness of the need to respect the earth and its terroir have led the domaine to adopt organic horticultural methods, including cultivation of some vineyards by horse to ensure minimum compaction of the earth.

Represented by Jean-Michel Jacob & Christine Jacob

Domaine Lucien Jacob is situated in Echevronne, a small village in the hills outside Beaune. Jean-Michel and Chantal, two of Lucien’s children, run the estate together with Christine, Jean-Michel’s wife. The domaine is comprised of 17 hectares: Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune village and 1er Cru, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru, Beaune 1er Cru, Chambolle-Musigny, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Viticultural methods are sustainable and respectful of the environment. The grapes are all handpicked, sorted, and 100% de-stemmed. The red wine is matured in oak barrels varying from new to four years old and bottled at the estate with a light filtration over clay plates. The white grapes are pressed whole with direct fermentation in oak barrels for the Chardonnay and in steel tanks for the Aligoté.

DOMAINE NUDANT (Ladoix-Serrigny)
Represented by Guillaume Nudant

Domaine Nudant spreads over 16 hectares in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits and exploits around 20 appellations (regional, village, 1er Cru, and Grand Cru). They strive to respect their terroir with controlled yields, frequent ploughing, and the use of chemical-free fertilizer. Inspired by the same willingness and the same conviction to always do well, each generation applies itself with force and determination to work the vines, which are source of life, joy, and hard work. Today the wine is made by Guillaume Nudant, the fourth of his generation.

DOMAINE MARC ROY (Gevrey-Chambertin)
Represented by Alexandrine Roy

Domaine Marc Roy includes nine acres of Pinot noir in Gevrey-Chambertin split into three distinctive “Cuvées.” “Vieilles Vignes” is made from a selection of the oldest vines of the estate (about 70 years old). “Clos Prieur” is made from this specific climat, ideally located just below the Grand Cru “Mazis-Chambertin.” “Cuvée Alexandrine” was first created in 2005 and made from a selection of millerandées grapes. One other acre is planted with Chardonnay to produce a rare white Marsannay “Les Champs Perdrix.” After wine studies in Beaune, Alexandrine took over as the fourth generation owner/winemaker of Domaine Marc Roy in 2003. She continued to further her wine knowledge through experiences in Australia (2004) and New Zealand (2005). Additionally, since 2007 she has been the consulting winemaker for Phelps Creek Vineyards in Oregon. Because great wines are born in the vineyards, Alexandrine gives strong attention all year long to the soils and vines to bring low yields of top quality grapes. Then, traditional winemaking with 100% destemmed-grapes, fermentation with native yeasts, punch downs by foot and moderated oak maturation treatments allows Alexandrine to craft wines with soul that reflect Gevrey-Chambertin’s specific and unique terroirs.

Represented byMichael Quinttus

Founded in 1860 by Edmond de Ayala, Ayala is one of the most historic houses in Champagne. It was one of the 18 founding members of the “Grandes Marques de Champagne” syndicate in 1882 and went through a golden age in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was one of the largest ten houses in Champagne. Known more recently as “the sleeping beauty of Champagne,” it began its re-ascent to fame when it was purchased by the Bollinger group in 2005. Based in the village of Aÿ, Ayala is known for its a delicate and pleasurable style, large chardonnay component, and low levels of dosage. It is known as a “sleeping beauty” because of its jewel-like Art Deco cellars from 1912, consisting of 1.6 miles of chalk tunnels extending 75 feet underground, which provide perfect temperature and humidity. The wines are crafted by Caroline Latrive, one of only two female cellar masters in Champagne.

Represented by Bryan Maletis

Champagne Baillette-Prudhomme is now on its sixth generation of family operation. It is currently run by the mother Marie France, and her two daughters, Laureen and Justine. Laureen has taken the helm as the primary vigneron, and as a woman in her 20s, she is a truly an up-and-coming star. The secret of this Champagne is in their old vineyards and the fact that all of the cuvées are at least 50% reserve wine, which gives special flavors and a great balance to the final bottle. They own five hectares and they follow the very traditional method of making Champagne from using an old press to careful attention in the cellar.

Represented by Thomas Pastuszak & Rajeev Vaidya

In the heart of Champagne, situated in the charming village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, is a Champagne house family-owned and independent for nearly 200 years. From the foundation of the house of Billecart-Salmon in 1818 until now, each generation has been committed to perpetuate the family tradition through standing by the immutable oath: ‘Give priority to quality, strive for excellence’. The family continually works to modernizing the art of their wine making while working from nearly two centuries of experience. Today, the Billecart family legend continues thanks to François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, representing the sixth generation, who lead this house with the support of their father, Jean Roland-Billecart.

Represented by Michael Quinttus

Family-owned since 1829, and based in the village of Aÿ in the heart of the Champagne region, Champagne Bollinger is revered around the world for its elegant and complex champagnes produced from their exceptional vineyards, with an emphasis on the Pinot noir grape, and a uniquely rigorous nurturing of their wines. Bollinger’s carefully farmed 400 acres of primarily Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards make them one of the most important vineyard owners in all of Champagne. The family’s tenacity in continuing with labor-intensive hand-riddling, vinification in small, old casks, and long aging of reserve wines in magnums under cork, results in Champagnes of true individuality and excellence. Bollinger’s Special Cuvée, their more recent Rosé release, La Grande Année, R.D. (recently disgorged), and Vieilles Vignes Françaises all hold a place of distinction at the table of the world’s great Champagnes.

Represented by Claude Giraud

Claude Giraud represents the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family. In 1982, he took over the management of the Henri Giraud Champagne house. His project was twofold: to develop new and exceptional cuvées and to extend the company’s notoriety by means of a selective distribution network. Combining cutting-edge technology with traditional work on small oak barrels, he helped the house to entirely revamp pressing and vinification. His philosophy: “Like all great wine, Champagne is indissociable from a great terroir, a great forest, and a great history.”

CASTELFEDER (Egna, Alto Adige)
Represented by Ines Giovanett & Ivan Giovanett

After his double-degree in oenology and wine growing in 2005 and several experiences in wineries outside of Italy, Ivan joined Castelfeder to focus on the production of the wines. Within a couple of years, with his talent and determination as well as the experience of Günther and Alfons, Ivan was able to bring a fresh and new vision to the winery. Ines, the Giovanett’s youngest daughter, joined the winery in 2006 after several university experiences. Beginning her career in winery administration, Ines soon discovered her passion and aplomb for sales, and worked with her dad to extend the Castelfeder brand initially in Germany and Austria. Ines examines export market possibilities, and leads the export sales and marketing efforts for Castelfeder wines.

GIRLAN (Cornaiano, Alto Adige)
Represented by Gerhard Kofler

The Cantina Girlan was founded in 1923 in an ancient farmstead from the 16th century in the village of Girlan. Back then, 90 years ago, 23 winegrowers laid the foundation stones of what was later to become the winery seen today. About 200 greatly committed and motivated winegrowers and their families farm an area covering about 215 hectares (533 acres) of vineyards in the best production areas of Oltradige and Bassa Atesina. Winemaker Gerhard Kofler took over the reins of the Cantina Girlan 10 years ago. He keeps in close personal contact with the winegrowers and provides his professional advice during the growing season. This beneficial exchange of expertise sets the foundations for producing highest quality wines. A new grape-receiving station, a more functional pressing room and a new fermentation cellar were completed just before the beginning of the 2010 harvest. Since 2010, grapes have been processed using a careful and gentle method, which uses gravity instead of mechanical means to move them through the process.

WIENGUT GOTTARDI (Mazzon, Alto Adige)
Represented by Alexander Gottardi

The Winery Gottardi is situated in Mazzon, a small village and part of Egna in the southern part of Alto Adige. It was bought in 1986 by the family Gottardi, who live in Austria, but have roots some generations ago in Trentino. In 1995, it was completed by building a new, modern winery. The family Gottardi owns nine hectares of vineyards, which are planted exclusively with Pinot noir in the “Guyot” system. In normal years, there is only one wine in the portfolio, called Südtiroler Blauburgunder Mazzon DOC. In very selective years there is also a very small quantity of a Riserva, which is distributed exclusively by some selected distributors in Italy and Austria. Owner Alexander Gottardi is responsible for the winery and vinification.

J. HOFSTATTER (Tramin, Alto Adige)
Represented by Martin & Niklas Foradori Hofstätter

Since 1970, Martin has lived in the small, very accessible South Tyrolean village of Tramin. The 50 hectares (124 acres) of family-owned vineyards are uniquely located on both sides of the Adige Valley, each claiming a completely different microclimate. He can thank the knight Ludwig Barth von Barthenau, founder and previous owner of his winegrowing estate Barthenau, for the tradition of over 150 years in Pinot noir. The grapes for his unique single-vineyard wine “Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano” grow on vines that are seventy years old. Since 2014, Martin Foradori Hofstätter is also dedicated to the Saar/Mosel region of Germany. He has realized his dream of producing world-class Riesling as co-owner of the historic Dr. Fischer Wine Estate.