Winemakers' Dinners in Fenchurch
05 Sep 2017
Our exclusive Winemakers' Dinner series continues, hosted by well-renowned winemakers from all over the world.
Fenchurch's sommelier team regularly host world famous wine producers for an evening of fine wines, tasting notes and exquisite food pairings.
With selections of specially chosen wines for you to taste, whilst the winemakers delve into the complexities involved in blending traditional and modern winemaking techniques; reflected throughout their wine collections, these evenings are totally unique and memorable.
Join us at the top for an evening of exquisite food & the finest wines...
• Tuesday 5th September - Michele Chiarlo Piemonte, Italy
• Thursday 7th September - Henschke, Australia
• Wednesday 25th October - Gérard Bertrand Languedoc, France
• Monday 13th November - Le Soula, Roussillon, France
Tickets are perfect for individuals or small groups as everyone takes a seat at the intimate private dining table in Fenchurch's luxurious Vinoly room. Tickets include a canapé reception on the terrace, followed by a bespoke six course tasting menu of exceptional food, perfectly paired with superb wines.
More about the winemakers...
The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of Piedmont’s fine wines and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.
Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for the finest vineyard sites. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. He has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the area's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated until Chiarlo terraced the vineyard and brought it in to production.
In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to be the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti area. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyards, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines. The southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.
Michele Chiarlo personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respect of his industry.
Henschke's family name and reputation are now being upheld by the fifth generation, Stephen and his wife Prue. Stephen is the biochemist and winemaker and Prue is the viticulturist.
Over the past 14 years, Prue's viticultural management has given the vineyards a new lease of life, capitalising on some of the most remarkable old vine material in the world.
The highly sought-after Hill of Grace is the product of vines planted in the 1860s, some of the world's oldest commerically-producing vines, and is Australia's greatest single vineyard Shiraz. The Mount Edelstone Shiraz has a large following, as does the Keyneton Estate. Henschke Rieslings are the finest in the Eden Valley and amongst the very best in Australia.
Johann Christian Henschke first planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1861, but it was fourth-generation Cyril Alfred Henschke who in 1958 created the most famous wine - Hill of Grace. Today, Cyril's son, Stephen, and his wife Prue continue to produce the family's extraordinarily delectable wines.
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