Bancroft Wines adds Chateau de Berne to its portfolio
Bancroft Wines is now the official UK agent for Chateau de Berne.
The Chateau’s historical property, which takes back to the 11th century, boasts more than three centuries of winemaking tradition. It covers 500 hectares. Of land, of which about 130 hectares are vineyards. The estate also includes a 5-star Relais & Chateaux hotel & Michelin Star restaurant, making it a major tourist destination in Provence.
Chateau de Berne is located in the inland Haut Var area, which gives it a slightly higher altitude and diurnal range, as well as poor limestone soils, making it a key area in Provence for premium rose.
The estate has ten grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Semillon, Ugni-Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Rolle and Mourvedre. It is also currently in the process of converting to full organic production.
Bancroft plans to concentrate on the estate’s premium rose selection and it will distribute five wines across the off-trade and on-trade.
Bancroft Wines’ buying director, Barney Davis, commented: “With its deep historical roots, exceptional vineyards, and impressive modern winemaking facilities, it’s no surprise that Chateau de Berne makes some of Provence’s best wines. We are very enthusiastic about the sustained growth of the Provence rosé category and couldn’t imagine a better partner in the region.
"We look forward to working closely with the customers in the UK that already stock their wines, as well as new customers attracted by Berne’s fantastic product innovation’”.
Chateau de Berne’s, global sales director, Anthony Carfantan, commented: “Bancroft is the perfect partner for Château de Berne. A national distributor with London roots covering every sector of the UK wine market, committed to shared values of authenticity, quality and sustainability. Bancroft’s knowledgeable sales and support teams will enable us to drive the Château de Berne business forward and reinforce our position as one of the most desirable Provencal Rosé brands”.