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With lots of good wine merchants out there, why buy wine from Stone, Vine & Sun? Well, we really care about the wine we sell - it's not a commodity, it’s a way of life.
For a small business we spend far too much time travelling to buy wine, in particular on the road, whether on Ruta 5 in Chile or the RN74 in Burgundy. We visit many wineries and domaines to no avail, but have made many stunning discoveries over the years. We see ourselves as prospecting for treasure.
Guided by our founding philosophy that the three most important influences on a bunch of grapes, and therefore the wine are: the earth, plant and weather. It's our belief that wines should have a sense of place (not come from a huge industrial facility!).
Most of our wines - many exclusive to us in the UK - come from independent, family-owned producers. These folk care about the husbandry of their land, and are increasingly adopting sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic methods of cultivation.
…But we are not tied to our suppliers: we don’t "represent" anyone, so we don’t have to buy their wine in a terrible vintage and then cynically push it to you (believe me, other merchants do!)
We're very focused on delivering value. In particular we offer a wide range of wines at £8-£16 a bottle, as that's where we believe the sweet spot is for quality and value. (You could argue that a £16 bottle is twice as good as an £8 bottle; but it’s much harder to argue that a £32 bottle is twice as good as a £16 bottle).
We all drink lots of wine - arguably too much. We talk about what we've drunk in the office, we argue about the merits of particular wines. If you want more advice call us!
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Organic / Biodynamic
Named after the five-sided marine fossils found locally, this wine is selected from several...
Here's a pure Cape Cabernet, showing a whiff of smokey oak (from eight months in barrel)...
A fruity, easy-drinking Cape Chenin from the Du Toits at Goedverwacht (which translates loosely...