WINE TALK September 2020



Last month saw a return of our restaurant and pub customers to normal trading with the chancellors Eat Out to Help Out scheme. It was great to see many people returning to eating out and some semblance of normality returning. With the government's help and the fantastic support of our online and shop customers we have survived the crisis and hopefully will continue to grow our business

All the precautions remain in place in the shop and we continue to offer free local delivery and deliveries nationwide for just £9.95. Our drivers continue to respect the two metre distancing advice from government. Alternatively you can order online for collection at a safe distance from the shop. If you have not yet visited our new website you can explore our range by following the link here

We wish you all well as we continue to trade in this uncertain environment.

Best wishes

Simon and the Talking Wines Team

Austrian Family Vineyard

The Austrian wine industry has a fascinating history. A major producer for hundreds of years with monks taking a leading role in managing vineyards, to the scandal of 1985 when illegal additives discovered in wine from a few large scale producers caused many small producers great hardship.

Following the second world war eastern Austria was occupied by the Soviet Union stalling any post war economic recovery. Austria was finally free of Soviet and Allied occupation in 1955. The countryside was typically made up of many mixed farms. They would keep pigs, grow cereal crops and make their own wine. Many owned taverns where they would serve produce from the farm to diners.

As time passed and modern farming practices were adopted, farms specialised in the production of meat, crops or wine. Specialisation led to improving standards, for example Austrian vineyards have on average around half the yield of the German neighbours.

Our partners in Austria are the Pfaffl winery, run by a wonderful family with exacting standards for their vineyards and wine production. It is run by brother and sister Roman Josef Pfaffl and Heidi Fischer. Roman manages the vineyards and wine-making whilst Heidi runs the commercial side.

Their father took on the farm in 1978, which was a mixed farm typical of the time with just 0.75 hectare of vineyard and a tavern to sell the produce. The quality of the wine and the suitability of the land for vineyards led to their specialisation into wine and they now have 105 hectares under vine (65% white, 35% red)

Pfaffl are now one the country's leading wine producers making some the finest Gruner Veltliners and Rieslings as well as some outstanding red wines. At Talking Wines we have had great success with the dot wines with their unique presentation showing the predominant flavour on the label. We stock Pepper Gruner Veltliner, Peach Riesling, Rose, Cherry Zweigelt and Plum St Laurent.

In order to share the quality of these wines we are putting the Peach Riesling and Pepper Gruner Veltliner on offer, reduced from £11.99 to £9.95 whilst stocks last. To take advantage of this offer follow the link here:

Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2015 Offer

For September we are delighted to be able to offer this amazing wine at an amazing price. A 12 hectare estate on the southern slopes of the Montalcino hill, this wine is made with real craft and tenderness.

This 2015 vintage has aromas of dark berry fruit, cedar and leather. Full and rich, wonderfully complex with savoury notes, fine tannins and amazing length. A great match with game dishes and ideal for the cooler Autumn nights.

A case of six would normally set you back £258. We have secured a small parcel and are offering the wine at just £200 for 6. It is ready to drink now or will cellar for another ten years or more. Stock is limited and will be reserved on a first come basis. You can get in touch or order via the website.


What's New?

New Wines for September

Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany £43.00 OFFER PRICE £35.00