“It helps that we love Italy — the food, the wines, the climate, the people, the language.”

But what really matters is that our climate is Mediterranean (one of seven in the world), characterized by hot, dry summers.

Which is exactly like the Italian peninsula — and exactly the inverse of the climates of Bordeaux and Burgundy which have cooler, wet summers, and are hundreds of miles north of our latitude (which we share with the central Mediterranean).

The map tells the story best…

All across Europe, over the course of centuries, people have sought out the vines that make great wine in their climate. Today, they make wine from over 1300 different varieties — the ones that make the best wine.

They grow what they grow, where they grow it, because it wants to be there.

So we’ve chosen to trust those centuries of experimentation and focus on growing plants that come from a similar climate to ours.

We’re delighted by the results, and think you will be too.