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Seckford Agencies Ltd are specialist importers of wines from all over the new world. supplying the trade throughout the UK. We operate as the exclusive UK Agents for a comprehensive range of privately owned wine estates providing high quality wines at all price levels.
Argentina has become the worlds 5th largest wine producer, and is becoming renowned for its ripe red wines made from the fashionable and food-friendly Malbec grape, once the dominant variety in Bordeaux.
For several successive years, Australia has over taken France as the biggest exporter of wine to the UK. Many of the original vines were planted by German immigrants in the 19th century and remarkably, their industry has achieved its aims of global prominence in less than 20 years
One of the most successful wine producing areas in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile made big inroads on the British market in the last decade as a source of great value wines. In Chile, now 5th in the league table of wine drunk here, production is mainly centred around the central valley
A relative newcomer to the wine world it still only produces 0.3 % of the global crop – serious cultivation dates only from the Eighties. New Zealand’s reputation rests almost entirely on its remarkable white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Although vines were planted by the original Dutch settlers and the Cape was celebrated in the 18th century for its legendary Constantia dessert wine, the modern South African wine industry only really got going in the early Nineties
The US is now the 3rd biggest producer of wine sold in the UK after Australia and France. Like the rest of the New World, the rate of growth accelerated extraordinarily in the 1990’s. Astonishingly, although vines are grown in every American state including Alaska
The sleeping Giant of European wine the 7th largest producer of wine sold in the UK, with diverse wine regions scattered around the country and the biggest amount of hectares under cultivation than anywhere else in the world, giving it huge potential.
Our producer of the month for April is the South African producer Alphabetical.
Launched with the 2008 vintage, from the outset Alphabetical were looking to break the rules. Founders David Cope and Simon Wibberley chose not to make a single-varietal wine or a classic blend, nor were they interested which region the wine came from. But they did want to make a red wine that is voluptuous yet drinkable, impressive yet affordable. A serious wine, but one you can pour for connoisseurs as well as novices; which is exactly what they've done.
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We have started to receive 2016 vintage reports from our producers in the New World. The warmer-than-usual spring and summer experienced has meant that many are reporting the earliest vintage on record, both in South Africa and Australia.
Speaking to wine.co.za, Andries Burger, winemaker at Paul Cluver in Elgin, South Africa, commented that, 'the young wines of 2016 are showing the true cool-climate quality I am familiar with after two decades at Paul Cluver'. Careful timing in the vineyard followed by meticulous hand-sorting has ensured that only the very best grapes made their way...