Craft + Estate, the national import operation for Virginia-based The Vintner Group, today announces an agreement to exclusively represent Michel Chapoutier's Australian project Domaine Tournon in the United States.
Tournon, named after the Hermitage commune, currently produces three Shiraz-based wines from multiple vineyard sites in Victoria, New South Wales, including Shay’s Flat in Pyrenees and Lady’s Lane in Heathcote. Current Tournon vintages are expected to start appearing in American markets in January.
Craft + Estate imports such brands as Chateau St. Cosme (whose Gigondas bottling was recently awarded the #2 position in Wine Spectator's 'Top 100 Wines of 2012,') Segla (second wine to Margaux Deuxieme Cru Classe Chateau Rauzan-Segla) and venerable Marlborough, New Zealand producer Allan Scott Family Winemakers and maintains a network of fine wine wholesale partners nationally.
"Domaine Tournon leads the movement in Australia towards elegant, balanced wines. There is no one better to make them in this style than world-renowned Michel Chapoutier and our partnership helps take the Craft + Estate to a new level," said David Townsend, President and CEO, The Vintner Group.
The Vintner Group dates from 1980, and includes fine wine wholesalers The Country Vintner and Stacole Fine Wines, craft spirit portfolio The American Still Life Collection and fine wine importer Craft + Estate.