James Hocking Wine brings wines from Celia Welch to UK
Napa-based winemaker, Celia Welch, is set to export her own wines to the UK for the first time.
Corra Wines, which she founded in 2004, comprises four vineyards; two on the Western side of Napa Valley’s Oaklands and Rutherford, and also two on the steep Eastern slopes of Pritchard Hill. She currently makes three Cabernet Sauvignons under this label, two of which are single vineyard.
Boutique Californian specialist, James Hocking Wine, will import the wines and the UK will be the first market outside of the US. It will be available on allocation in three-bottle cases.
Corra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 has an rsp of £123.62.
JHW will also import Rewa Vineyards, a small Napa Valley estate, again with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, which which Welch is the winemaker. The vineyards are located in the volcanic hills of Coombsville - a cooler AVA of the region.
JHW will import the 2016 Rewa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (rap: £177.43) and 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (rap: £55) of which only 195 cases were made. This is the first time the wine will be available in the UK.
James Hocking said: “I have been a huge fan of Celia’s winemaking for many years, so am now thrilled to have the opportunity to represent these stunning wines for their UK market launch. Despite currency fluctuations and economic uncertainty, the market for top end Californian wines remains extremely buoyant in London. The last couple of years have seen significant increase in demand for small volume +£100 bottles; this is largely coming from serious wine collectors choosing Napa Cabs over their Bordeaux counterparts.”
Rewa Vineyards and Corra Wines will be shown for the first time at the Collectible California tasting on September 26.