Neil Ellis Wines joins Gonzalez Byass UK portfolio

Neil Ellis Wines has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK as its distributor from February 2019.

For more than 40 years, Neil Ellis himself has sought out and farmed the best places suited to his favourite grape varieties. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage come from the Jonkershoek Valley and the Bottelary Hills outside Stellenbosch and the Grenache from the Piekenierskloof, about two hours north of Cape Town. The Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Chardonnay come from the cool coastal sites of Groenekloof and Elgin respectively.

Neil Ellis’ children also work at the winery with eldest son Warren as winemaker and viticulturalist, Charl heads up the commercial operations and Margot the marketing.

The wines are highly influenced by classic European winemaking styles while also combining the bright fruit of the New World, with “great restraint and balance”, according to the producer.

Mark Skelton, managing director for Gonzalez Byass UK, said: “At Cape Wine in September, I was blown away by the amazing quality and consistency across the range. For me, as best winery at the show, it is quite humbling that Neil Ellis and his family should wish to work with us in this market.”

Neil Ellis said: “We firmly believe that GBUK can raise the profile of Neil Ellis in the UK and introduce our wine to a wider wine drinking public. We are joining a portfolio of like-minded premium producers and know that the team at GBUK will also be great ambassadors for Neil Ellis Wines.”

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