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THE ICONIC ESTATE, a member of Alexandrion Group, the largest and most successful spirits and wines company in Romania, is a combination of history, tradition, experience and passion, dating back to 1892. As one of the most important Romanian wine producers and one of the largest bottled wine exporters, THE ICONIC ESTATE sells 60% of the annual production abroad, to more than 40 countries. Our still and sparkling wines have been awarded in prestigious international competitions.

 

Our winery owns over 200 hectares of vineyards in the most prominent wine regions in Romania: Dealu Mare (Big Hill) and other regions. THE ICONIC ESTATE has 3 locations for wine processing and bottling. In Ploiesti, it owns production/warehousing facilities, while a wine making facility with an annual processing capacity of 5000 tons of grapes, approximately 5 million bottles of wine, is located in Tohani (Dealu Mare).

 

The Rhein & CIE Azuga Cellars are the oldest location where sparkling wine has been produced, without interruption since the establishment (1892) according to a traditional French method. THE ICONIC ESTATE is the official supplier of still and sparkling wines for The Royal House of Romania. In 1922 the Rhein sparkling wine was served at the coronation ceremony of King Ferdinand.

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Japanese Sake is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from rice that has a history dating back more than 2,000 years. By contrast, Shochu is a distilled alcoholic beverage with 500 years of history. The both are Japan’s national alcoholic beverages and the unique point of making is the use of koji, a culture of mold comprising Aspergillus spp., as the enzyme source instead of malt. Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS) was established in 1953 via the Japanese Act on Securing of Liquor Tax and on Liquor Business Associations. Ensuring safe and secure liquor business transactions, it oversees the promotion, development and distribution of sake and shochu in Japan and around the world.

 

JSS currently represents 1,405 Sake and 273 Shochu producers respectively from around the country. Each region characteristically produces them with respecting its local origins such as environments and ingredients.

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Soalheiro, a pioneer in the creation of Alvarinho wine in Melgaço, is an international benchmark for the wines of this grape variety and for the Vinho Verde region, blending perfectly into the distinctive Minho landscape surrounding it. Here, the Alvarinho is special. The land is protected by a set of mountains that create the rain, temperature and hours of sunshine conditions necessary for the best ripening of the grapes.

 

In the nineteen seventies (1974), a passion for winemaking led João António Cerdeira, with the support of his parents, to plant the first Alvarinho vine and to create the first brand of Alvarinho in Melgaço in 1982. Today, third-generation family members, siblings Maria João and António Luís, along with their mother Maria Palmira Cerdeira, have embraced this spirit of innovation. António Luís, with a graduate degree in oenology, has built a profound knowledge of the Alvarinho grape variety throughout his life. Maria João, a veterinarian by profession, assumed the responsibility for viticulture and successfully introduced organic farming into the vineyards.

 

The mindset of bringing prosperity to the region’s agriculture and of respecting the Territory’s identity and culture based on small vineyards run by familiar communities turned Soalheiro into a family of families. Today the team has more than 30 people and more than 150 families of grape growers. Most of the members of the Club of Producers have another professional occupation and work their small parcels at the end of the day and on weekends. They treat the vineyards as their personal gardens and provide Soalheiro with top-quality grapes.

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Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW) was founded in 1992. Ist members set themselves the goal of classifying the outstanding vineyard sites in Austria, in order to provide the consumer with an element of orientation in navigating the great diversity of origins in the world of fine wine. Not all sites where vine is planted bring forth comparable quality. It is time-honoured wisdom among winegrowers that there are vineyards, which – with the appropriate care – consistently produce exceptional wines every year, while elsewhere wines are grown that might be no better than good or fair. Some of the attributes that distinguish an outstanding vineyard are known to us. But one can not consider them in isolation, because a meagre soil alone will not yield a great wine. It is essential to examine the interaction between soil structure, precipitation, air currents, exposure, elevation and – of course – the temperature development during the vegetation cycle.

 

Based on these considerations, the growers’ association the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter – the Association of Austrian Traditional Wine Estates – was founded in 1992 with the purpose of classifying the outstanding vineyard sites of the Danube region. And to help orient consumers to the wide variety of wines that the sites offer. For nearly two decades, the members of this association have carefully observed and analyzed the development of each other’s‘ wines from the sites along the Danube in the winegrowing areas of Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental and Wagram. The result of the analysis is presented every year in a publication Released by the association. More at www.traditionsweingueter.at

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Maison Champagne Deutz was established in 1838, situated in the heart of the village of Aÿ. Champagne Deutz now owns 46 hectares (113 acres) of vines and sources its wines from over 300 hectares in the historical crus of Champagne.

 

Carved into the chalky limestone soils of the prestigious hillsides of Champagne the cellars provide perfect conditions for the wines allowing them to lie quietly at rest allowing them to reveal their true potential and aromatic complexity over time.

 

The unique style of Champagne Deutz is renowned by aficionados and has come to be the identifying mark of “those in-the-know”.

 

From the ever-popular Deutz Brut Classic to the iconic Amour de Deutz, the trademark Deutz style is reflected in champagnes with distinctive personality, created with passion and in line with Deutz’ constant quest for high quality and excellence.

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‘Onegin’ vodka is the first own brand of Simple Group, a leadingimporter and distributor of premiumwines and spirits in Russia. The brand was inspired by Russian classic cultureand it celebrates the humanability to create art. It was named after an iconic poem by Russian Alexander Pushkin-‘Eugene Onegin’.Today the Onegin vodka is the classic of the 21st century, a true masterpiece of distilling and blending. Itoffers a perfect balance of softness and tartness with a honey nose, a hint of almond and an elegant dry-bitter finish.

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Frequently described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyard locations, Klein Constantia originally formedpart of Constantia, a magnificent estate granted to the tenth commander of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon vander Stel, in 1685.

 

The vast property was sub-divided several times over the centuries, but the lusciously sweet wines of Constantiawere famous within a remarkably short period of time – savoured by royalty, given pride of place in the cellars ofthe world’s greatest wine collectors, and immortalised by the best poets and authors of the 18th and 19th centuries.Klein Constantia dates back to a sub-division that occurred in 1823, when the so-called Little Constantia (measuring146 hectares) already had 33,000 vines planted in its decomposed granite soils, stretching up high slopes withsuperb views across the valley to False Bay.

 

Unfortunately production of sweet Constantia wine ceased during the 1800s for a number of reasons includingvine disease and Britain’s termination of preferential import duties for Cape wines. It was only when the Joostefamily bought Klein Constantia in 1980 that production of one of the world’s greatest dessert wines resumed,with the name Vin de Constance, alongside a range of cool-climate dry wines.

 

Today Klein Constantia is owned by Czech-American investor and philanthropist Zdenek Bakala and UK-basedbusinessman Charles Harman, along with celebrated Bordeaux wine personalities Bruno Prats and Hubert deBoüard as shareholders. Vice-chairman Hans Astrom overseas Vin de Constance internationally & the exportmarket with CEO Stephen Cowley leading the team. Matthew Day is responsible for the award-winning wines andviticulturist Craig Harris farms in an environmentally responsible way to showcase the estate’s unique terroir andensures sustainability for generations to come.

 

“We are privileged to be custodians of one of the most historic properties in the Cape, and regard the preservationof this heritage as a serious responsibility.”

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Located in the village of Saint-Estèphe, Château Phélan Ségur has proudly overlooked the Girondeestuary since the early 19th century.

 

Founded by Irishman, Bernard Phelan, the estate was developed by his son, Frank, and renamedPhélan Ségur in the early 20th century. The cellar and the vat room are integrated into the Châteauin a highly unusual architectural ensemble.

 

The property is spread over 114 hectares, including44 hectares of parks, forests, meadows, streams and ponds, forming a remarkable biodiversity reserve. Its 70 hectares of vineyards benefit from the temperature regulation provided by the proximity of the River; they are divided into four very distinct islands and express the diversity of the clay-gravel soils of the appellation.

 

This produces powerful wines often characterised by their tannic structure. The Phélan Ségur stylestands out for its elegance, its pure and complex aromas, the quality of its tannins and its balance.

 

Philippe Van de Vyvere is the owner since January 2018. Initiated by his grandfather at an early age,this great connoisseur of Bordeaux was really taken with the Château Phélan Ségur. He intends to apply his entrepreneurial values in pursuit of aesthetic and technical while respecting environmental balances.