DiscoverVin™ is a wine importation and distribution company, sourcing wines from the South West of France.
The company started with three people passionate about wine and food, who live in the heart of the wonderful food and wine region in the north east of Victoria, Australia. And whilst being surrounded by fantastic cuisine and Australian wines, they also greatly appreciate the varieties, style and differences that the southern French wines offer .... and of course the French cuisine!
It was whilst living in the south west of France in 2009, that they discovered the many affordable, good value for money wines available that have never made it to Australian shores.

Their DiscoverVin website provides information on regions and varieties, it provides clues on how to 'de-mystify' French wines and offers affordable good quality wines.

This blog brings together their passions for food and wine, and gives updates on restaurants and events in the south west of France, and in places closer to home. Please enjoy! And if you enjoy this blog you may well enjoy their website:

Click here to order wines… www.discovervin.com.au


1 July 2015

Vinexpo news and insights


We wish that everyone who loves wine, gets to walk the red carpet at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, at least once in their life. It is pretty amazing to glide to a stop on the glass tram then step out on to - what 500 m or so?- of floating pontoon/red carpet, and to arrive in the massive convention space. This was our third Vinexpo and it was still exciting to meet suppliers and try new vintages and look at new products.

The Vinexpo stats are pretty impressive.
  • about 2350 exhibitors from 42 countries- a conspicuous absence of oz producers one would have to say.
  • close to 50,000 visitors- down a little on 2013 but exhibitors commented on a higher "quality" of visitors and more deals done and more optimism generally compared to 2013. Foreigners made up 36% of visitors with China, USA, Spain and Italy leading the way.
  • some new innovations including Digizone where digital/social marketing innovations were a focus, there was a Vinexpo mobile app and One2Wine- a digital meeting booking system. 
  • Many of the innovations were aimed at keeping up with Prowein which exhibitors praised for bigger size, more international focus, lower costs, more efficiency and better timing in vintage/buying cycle (March). Fair enough but hey Dusseldorf is not Bordeaux right!
Winners
  • rosé: sales continue to climb, and there is an emerging differentiation between premium rosé (such as our Domaine de la Croix) and "vin de soif" (scoffing wines). There are now second labels of premium rosé and just about every European appellation seems to be making one, not just Provence and Bordeaux and certainly not just France. 
  • grower champagne: buyers seem to be turning away from the perpetually discounted brands and looking for authentic artisanal products. Grower champagne has hit the mainstream says Jancis Robinson and there seemed to be plenty of evidence of that. Our own Achille Princier has been exceptionally well recieved and the Mansard Family are now struggling with demand.
  • "garagiste" or "vinarchiste " or "super" wines. Call them what you will but producers in  Bordeaux, Loire, Languedoc, Rhone and even Burgundy are breaking the appellation rules and happily calling their wines Vin de France or IGP wines especially so for the export market. They are making modern, clean, varietal driven wines still authentic and expressive and usually under screw cap! Anarchy! Watch this space! We have some new lines to launch in Oz later this year.
  • biodynamic/organic wines are ready for prime time. Currently 8% of French wines are certified as organic but it seems like the number under conversion is vast. Certainly in the price points/quality levels we were looking at, it felt like the majority of producers are organic or in conversion.The poster below from Producteurs Plaimont, the biggest producer in Madiran and St Mont is a sign of the times with an increasing proportion of their vineyards converting to organic. 
  • the "small" appellations of Bordeaux: Bourg, Canon-Fronsac, St Emilion satellites, Graves, Listrac-Médoc etc where there has been great strides made in quality of production in recent years.
  • Bordeaux the city. Is it possible to be in love with a city? I hope so because we sure are! It just seems to be getting better at every visit. And it is about to go up a notch with the arrival of the super fast train from Paris and the International City of Wine (Wine Museum) both possibly in time for Vinexpo 2017. The new museum alone is expected to attract more than one million visitors per year.
Losers
  • Sauternes- lots of talk about the resistance in the market to "sticky" wines but the increased attention on wines such as Jurançon with high acidity/dryer finish. We expect to see falling Sauternes prices esp outside of the top brands and more and more dry Sauternes which are wonderful Graves/White Bordeaux and well received in the market
  • vintage 2013: a very difficult wet vintage in many parts of France. Some wines are OK where the wines were not "over-made" and meticulous vineyard methods and section practices were followed. One of our producers lost his entire vintage due to rot in the vineyard (organic producer). Many of our producers were happy to let us pass over the 2013's and go straight to the 2014 wines which are generously fabulous. This was worth the price of the trip alone.
  • homogeneous Bordeaux: There are lots of excellent wines out there but there was a "sameness" to many of the Bordeaux we tasted (perhaps reflecting modern wine-making methods across the regions) so we have concentrated on some authentic small producers and wines with some distinct character or a good story. It was a case of finding some outstanding gems amongst the very good pack so (as before) we end up with well curated lists.



At DiscoverVin we firmly believe there is a growing market for good value Bordeaux and wines across southern France especially the south west appellations, Rhone and Provence. We work with mostly small independent producers that are working on renewed vineyards/wineries. Many are at the forefront of the movement towards organic and biodynamic production. All are making authentic, terroir driven delicious and good value wines. Our trip to Bordeaux affirmed the importance of the types of wines we are looking for.

And now a final word on Vinexpo, commercialisation and product placement....."Don't lose a drop of it" !



22 June 2015

Taste the Tour Pack 2015



It’s that time of year again; time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France. Enjoy the sights of the racing and the stunning scenery while enjoying a selection of French wine from DiscoverVin. 

Each year DiscoverVin puts together a 6 pack of wines that can be enjoyed whilst watching the Tour. These wines relate to regions that the 2015 Tour de France passes through. They represent the mid and final sections of the race through the mountains and south of France, when the battle for the yellow jersey really hots up.  

As excellent value for money they are a great introduction to DiscoverVin’s portfolio of boutique French wines. And all at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France!

The wines in this six pack are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees, Gaillac in South West France, Cahors (the home of Malbec), the Rhone Valley, Provence, and finishing strongly with a fabulous Champagne as they turn towards Paris. 

Here is the list of wines, as matched with some of this year’s Tour stages.  Notes on serving suggestions and some information on the stages will be included with the pack.



In summary:                                                                                     
Champagne
Château Achille Princier Grande Tradition Champagne NV               RRP $54.00
Rosé
Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible Rosé 2012                                    RRP $29.90
White
Domaine Bellegarde Pierre Blanche Jurançon Sec 2009                   RRP $36.00
Red
Château de Saurs Gaillac Rouge 2010                                            RRP $26.50
Château Haut Monplaisir Prestige Cahors Malbec  2006                   RRP $34.90
Domaine Roche Audran  Côtes du Rhone  2012                              RRP $25.90

Valued at                                                                                     $207.20

Save over $30 when you buy the Taste the Tour Pack:            $175.00


The monsieur (below) may not be in the Tour but he seems to have the right idea, racing to buy his wine and cheese at this Epicerie Fine in Bordeaux! 

We look forward to our virtual wine and food peleton again this year and enjoying some fabulous Tour viewing and fine wines! And of course we will be following our friends Les Vaches du Tour on social media as they comment on the real heroes of the Tour- the cows!


More details available here.













13 June 2015

Wine Spectator, the Dordogne and Chateau Tour de Gendres



We noticed a mention of the wonderful Chateau Tour des Gendres in the latest edition of Wine Spectator.

This month’s issue features an article on the food and wine of the Dordogne region.

Chateau Tour des Gendres was listed as one of two wineries to visit.

Luc de Conti is touted as one of France’s leading wine makers. He is at the forefront of organic production and a proponent of white wine production in Bergerac (which has historically focused on red wines). We have previously written about Luc and his wines. To read more click here including links to his delicious wines that we currently have in stock. 

If you are planning a trip to France, the Dordogne region and Chateau Tour des Gendres are certainly worth a visit! 





3 June 2015

Chocolate and Champagne in Rutherglen






If you are going to be in North East Victoria this week-end come and check-out this event....

Renaissance Chocolates and DiscoverVin are teaming up to provide a Champagne and Chocolate tasting. 

We will be giving tastes of Champagne and some of our other wines. Champagne and wine will also be available by the glass and to take home. Come and try our brand new rosé Champagne from Achille Princier.

For the occasion Renaissance Chocolates has made some chocolates using some DiscoverVin wines! They certainly should be a perfect match!  

You will find Renaissance Chocolates about 15 minutes drive from Rutherglen at 507 Boorhaman East Road. 

You will be warmly welcomed by Robyn and Neil from Renaissance Chocolates and Helen from DiscoverVin.

Check out their website for details or call 02 6035 7216