Great Western Wine

11 July, 2008

Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AP

T: 01225 322800

E: wine@greatwesternwine.co.uk

W: greatwesternwine.co.uk

Established: 1983

Turnover: 7 million

Brands: Heartland, Glaetzer (Australia), Falernia (Chile), West Brook (New Zealand), Moutardier (France)

Off-trade split: 70%

Key personnel: Philip Addis, managing director; Joel Lauga, director; Ian Barker, operations director

Great Western has significantly increased its range

from Italy, Australia and England .

New warehousing has enabled next-day deliveries to

London.

Its focus now

is a review of

Languedoc and south west France .




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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