After initial use of medium toasted American oak for our first French wines, the natural sweetness from the American oak set the tone for the Alchemy – “new world” styles using classic French grapes – this was rolled out to our winemaking teams in Spain and around the world.
2003 Listed In Dubai
Our first Masia J Tempranillo / Cabernet and Viura / Chardonnay blends were chosen to be the opening house wines for The Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai – the first 7* Hotel in the World. Alchemy then created and blended two South African options called Incognito from De Toren and Klein Constantia where Alchemy was given permission to use the Burj logo- a first in the Dubai market.
2012 – La Reverence was chosen for the banqueting wines at the Burj.
2005 A Big Hit With Morrisons
2005 – the launch of four Sandpiper wines into Morrisons UK
2009 – Sandpiper range grew to 142,000 cases in the UK showing the second largest growth of any French brand in the UK Market. It became the 7th largest Southern French brand in the UK. The Bird proving to be a hit with the consumers.
2007 D&B Is Born
The first vintage of the D&B wine range was 20 barrels of super ripe Sauvignon Blanc in 3rd fill American oak barrels, spending 9 months on its lees and bottled the following April. Following rigorous selection, only 4 barrels were selected for bottling – the intensity and taste profile were just stunning. Along side this, a Syrah was styled using low yielding fruit from vines over 100 years old. Only the best of the best is bottled under the D&B label from Alchemy Wines.
2010 Global Reach
We took a bold decision and decided to take our wines further around the world!
2013/ 14 Expansion Into The Asian Market
As a result of Alchemy’s strong relationship with Alun Griffths MW (Ex Berry Brothers & Harrods), Alchemy created a range of 30 wines from around the world for the developing Chinese market, which we are now looking to expand.
In 2013 Alchemy forged a relationship with a Tokyo- based distributor.
2014 – Sandpiper Merlot launched in Walmart throughout China.
3 ranges developed and bottled for Metro Cash & Carry in Russia, the largest wine retailer in the Federation.
Alchemy developed True Discovery (our Spanish varietal range) for the East Coast market for distribution through Market Basket (the East Coast Supermarket Chain) –with bright, simple coloured sensitive labels created for the modern day drinker.