Esporão, one of the largest and most respected winemakers in Portugal, with wines from Alentejo, the Douro, and Vinho Verde, has become the latest producer to partner with Hatch Mansfield as their UK distributor.
Hatch Mansfield will take over the role from 1st April 2022, with Esporão joining a portfolio that has grown over the past three years to include M. CHAPOUTIER, Gaja, and Zuccardi.
Esporão has become a leading advocate for environmental sustainability in Portugal, converting all its vineyards in the Alentejo region to organic farming in 2019, with its vineyards in the Douro valley following suit this year. The family-owned wine company’s efforts have been recognised by regulatory body the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP), which awarded Quinta dos Murças the 2020 Environment & Sustainability Award. In 2020 and 2021, Esporão was recognised as one of the world’s 50 most-admired wine brands by Drinks International magazine
João Roquette, Chief Executive and son of company founder José, said:
“We are excited to start this new cycle in the UK with such a strong partner like Hatch Mansfield. The fit between our companies’ family values, quality focus and vision are unique, and we believe that, together, we will make the most of the current positive momentum for Portuguese and organic wines in the UK.”
Ben Knollys, Managing Director at Hatch Mansfield,“
I am delighted to confirm that from 2022 Hatch Mansfield will be representing Esporão in the UK across all channels. The Roquette family, including Esporão’s founder José and his son João, CEO, are visionary in their approach to winemaking and marketing and we look forward to working closely with them. Esporão have a range of exceptional wines, made in a really modern style and we believe this new addition will be a great fit for the Hatch Mansfield portfolio. With so much new interest in the Portuguese wine category from UK wine drinkers we’re thrilled to partner with such a dynamic team and are excited about the potential of these excellent wines.”