Lady of the Grapes – a London wine bar to honour female winemakers of the world
Vivien Ujvári in Mád, Tokaj wine region is the chief winemaker of Barta Cellar and makes nothing but outstanding wines. No wonder her talent is recognized by the managers of Lady of the Grapes, a wine bar and restaurant offering organic wines and food in Covent Garden, London.
“To ensure each and every customer has a delightful epicurean experience while supporting female winemakers. We see more and more women taking the lead and being in charge of vineyards, so let’s shine a light on them within this industry traditionally male-dominated. Organic, biodynamic, minimal intervention viticulture ensures you taste only the grapes and terroir. Our wines contain no additives, low sulphites and indigenous yeasts only!“
About 25 wines are available by glass and carafe (which of 5 fine wines are served with Coravin) and around 200 wines by bottle. The selection is amazing: you can find well known names on the list like Bordeaux biodynamic Chateau Pontet Canet with Melanie Tesseron, but there are wines from several lesser known countries like Slovakia, Switzerland or the Checz Republic. Hungary is represented by two wines, an orange wine made by Réka Koncz and a Tokaj Szamorodni from Barta Cellar.
“A fruit harvest in a glass”
John Clarke wine writer has recently tasted Barta Öreg Király Szamorodni 2013 and selected it among his top 10 picks for the summer on Independent.co.uk. “Hungary has been the home of sweet wines since the 16th century, with tsars, popes and even Queen Victoria all devotees of this gloriously rich and mellow dessert wine from the Tokaji region. “Szamorodni”, literally “as it was grown”, means that the local Furmint grapes were left on the vines until well after the normal harvest date to concentrate the sugars inside. In addition, many of the grapes would also be affected by botrytis, the “noble rot” that adds another layer of full-on sweetness and texture. Aged in oak barrels, the end result is a pale golden wine where the sweetness – think candied fruits, sun-dried apricots and succulent oranges – is offset by a dash of acidity. A fruit harvest in a glass.”
Barta wines are distributed in the United Kingdom by Corney & Barrow
Listen to Vivien Ujvári speaking about Furmint grape and more with Rebecca Palmer and Oz Clarke
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