Category Archives: Sustainable Farming

What Goes Into Sustainable Wine? 

Sustainable Wine

A few weeks ago we compiled our PTC wine certification guide in which we talked about sustainable agriculture, but we didn’t mention sustainable wine. And in a recent article we looked at sustainability in the wine industry as a whole, but again, didn’t go into what specifically makes a wine sustainable.  So what is it […]

What is Sustainability in the Wine Industry?

Sustainability

In a recent article, we talked about the link between sustainable farming and natural wine, and elsewhere we’ve touched briefly on what sustainable farming is in terms of wine certification.  But we wanted to talk more in-depth about sustainability in the wine industry. In particular, what is being done to ensure that the nation’s favourite […]

Pull That Cork Meets Pull The Cork

Pull That Cork

At the beginning of setting up PTC, we received an email from over the water from Nancy and Peter of Pull That Cork. Since then we have both been in regular contact and we thought it would be nice to present them to the UK because they have a cracking blog and Instagram account that […]

If You Embrace Wonky Veg, Why Not Embrace Natural Wine?

Wonky

You may be wondering what on earth the link between a wonky carrot and a bottle of natural wine is, but bear with us.  The nation has fallen in love with wonky veg We have seen food campaigners in recent years highlight the plight of the 795 million people who inhabit our little green planet, […]

Pull The Cork Wine Certification

Wine Certification

Recently we’ve been getting into all kinds of debates on how the Wine Certification should be addressed, and how categories and filtering should be presented, so we’ve made some changes, and feel that this is the right way to tell you why… Farming Practices Organic According to the Soil Association, organic farming is a form […]

The Hugely Talented Winemaker Frank Cornelissen

Frank Cornelissen

Just last week I was presented with the opportunity to stock these remarkable wines from an even more remarkable person – Frank Cornelissen. These natural wines from Mount Etna are incredibly hard to get your hands on and are produced in very small quantities, which presented us with a very attractive offer, especially when you […]

Effects of Climate Change on the Wine Industry

Climate Change

Can vineyards be an indicator of climate change? The climate has a notable effect on wine, shaping the character of the wine through the grapes. While the wine industry isn’t a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (around 0.1 per cent of global carbon emissions) with the rising temperatures, the impact of the climate and […]

Join The English Wine Wave With Nutbourne

Nutbourne

English wine has been evident in the press a lot quite recently, so here we are ready to introduce to you a hidden secret – Nutbourne Vineyards!   How did Nutbourne Vineyards start? Nutbourne is unique, they are a pioneer in the UK wine industry, with 20 acres of vines being planted with Germanic varieties […]

Winery Interview With Cantina Orsogna

Cantina Orsogna

Please introduce yourself and Cantina Orsogna: Cantina Orsogna, created in 1964, is a cooperative company of 450 partners. It is the largest producer of organic and biodynamic wines in the south centre of Italy. It has more than 1.100 hectares of vines, 80% is certified organic, and 30% is certified biodynamic (biodynamic viticulture) by Demeter. […]

Have You Tried The Wines From Ministry of Clouds??

Ministry of Clouds

Ministry of Clouds is the brainchild of Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood, which has achieved cult status in a short amount of time due to their beautifully crafted wines. They produce wines which speak of the lands that they come from, providing a sense of season and place. Each wine is naturally fermented in individual […]

Introducing Craig Hawkins and The Wines of Testalonga

Testalonga

Craig Hawkins the winemaker at Testalonga is in a pretty brilliant place right now, he’s just released his new vintage to the world!! He and (wife) Carla are now ensconced in Bandits Kloof in Piketberg, the northern reaches of the Swartland; He finally has a dedicated winery with plenty of space and a steady supply […]

The press reports “another challenging year” but we see it as a sign!

press

A recent article in the press reports that consumers are drinking less wine now than ever before and that 2018 has been a challenging year for the wine trade. Mainstream wine sales might be down, but organic wine sales are on the rise. Consumers are beginning to be more conscious about what they are drinking, […]

Are you a Wine Explorer?

wine explorer

A question I get asked almost every week; what is your favourite wine? Where yours might be a vintage Burgundy from your year of birth or a lovely creamy Chenin from Stellenbosch, I don’t have one…I have always been a wine explorer, always keen to try new wines from all parts of the globe, this is why […]

Volcanic wine from Central Europe?! What? – Introducing Pivnica Brhlovce

volcanic wine

Ever tried a sparkling volcanic wine from Slovakia?? Brhlovce village, a UNESCO heritage site located in heart of Slovakia, and located on the slopes of stratovolcano Sitno, which erupted 5 million years ago, is a little gem of the Slovakian natural winemaking scene. Jan Zaborsky, a winegrower and winemaker that runs Pivnica Brhlovce. The cellars […]

The surprising secret about biodynamic wines

biodynamic

I have to confess to being relatively new to this wine thing. So I was thrilled when Pull the Cork founder James Nathan asked me along to a wine tasting this week in his high-and-low search for wines you’ll love. And all because, once upon a time, James sold me an £8 bottle of red […]

Understanding the Ardèche Par Nature approach

Par Nature

Recently we have been lucky enough to have taken on a cracking collection of everyday drinking wines from Ardèche Par Nature. The vineyard is situated on the southern side of the southern part of Ardèche on the Rhone Valley’s right bank. Par Nature is operated by Vignerons Ardechois, which when it started back in the twelfth […]

What is Biodynamic Farming In The Vineyard?

biodynamic farming

Biodynamic Farming is all about the complete sustainability package. For biodynamic farmers, agriculture is a sacred endeavour and the foundation for all well-being. The roots are ecological, ethical, social and spiritual. The aim is to regenerate the health and vitality of the soils, gardens and land; the integrity of our food; and the health and wholeness of the […]

Introducing you to the wines of Château Léoube

Château Léoube

You Win Some, You Lose Some Starting a start-up is hard work, starting a start-up in the wine trade – a highly competitive market – it’s next to impossible. Trying to interact and please everyone is hard work – but if like us you thrive from hard work and pleasing people, then, in the long run, […]

Give your summer an organic twist !!

Château Léoube
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Undiscovered wines of Greece

wines of Greece

For one of the oldest wine producing wine regions in the world, the wines of Greece haven’t risen quickly. Greece has been known for producing wines that don’t necessarily give it a good name – to name one; Retsina…Retsina is a uniquely flavoured wine to say the very least! A wine that is made using pine […]

Putting Maury on the wine map

Maury on the wine map

I think having Maury on the international wine map would be an amazing achievement. So last week I spent a long weekend in this amazing region. Maury which is a small winemaking region located in the Pyrénées-Orientales region and Languedoc-Roussillon region, in-between south-western France and Northern Spain. The region is better known for its sweet wines (Vin […]