Chapel Down launches Great Minds Drink Alike range

Chapel Down is importing three of its favourite red wines from across Europe and selling them via its website, its cellar door and a pop-up store in Bluewater.

The project is called Great Minds Drink Alike and winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire selected the wines from producers with a similar ethos to Chapel Down.

It includes a Syrah by Languedoc producer Domaine Gayda, a Crianza from De Bardos in Ribera del Duero and a Sangiovese from Tenuta Tondaia in Civitella Marittima.

They share a common philosophy of respecting the land and pushing boundaries. Donaghay-Spire has travelled around Europe to source the wines and he blended a specific cuvee with Domaine Gayda, blending parcels from both the 2016 and 2017 harvests.

He said: “Making Chapel Down wines is an enormous privilege, but it is also hugely enjoyable to meet like-minded producers in other regions and to collaborate. As a winemaker it expands my skills and knowledge and I think these three wines will each grace any table.

“I’m proud to have them sit alongside our own wines and I can’t recommend them any more than saying they are absolutely of the quality any Chapel Down drinker would expect from us.”

This is the second year that the Great Minds Drink Alike campaign has run.

Mark Harvey, managing director at Chapel Down’s wines and spirits division, added: “We’re forever curious to work with other leading wineries around the world. To share, to learn and to forge deep friendships over a glass or two of wine. And for a long time we’ve wanted to share our discoveries with the growing congregation at Chapel Down.

“Likewise, Josh is frequently asked for recommendations on interesting wines from beyond our shores. So we’re thrilled to now share these wines from the Great Minds Drink Alike collection, curated by Josh. These three reds are from friends in France, Spain and Italy, each of whom are producers who share our curiosity to discover the new, the bold and the interesting. And ultimately, to create deliciously drinkable wines for us all to enjoy.”

The Syrah by Domaine Gayda sells £13 a bottle and £78.00 for a case of six, while the Crianza by De Bardos and Sass’alSole by Tenuta Tondaia both sell for £15 a bottle and £90 for a case of six. There is also a mixed case featuring two of each for £75.

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