Real Mountains, Good People, Great Wine
Places are not interchangeable
Terroir is the word for when the union of people and land over generations has created magic that can only happen in a particular place.
In the Alps we have an unique, difficult, exhilarating and incredibly pure terroir. Here, you can't ignore the landscape. Our weather starts and stops at the Alps, our soil was made by glaciers, our culture developed along the trade routes through the Alps.
No easy shortcuts
Faced with the rough terrain of the mountains, human scale is the only way to make wine. Machines can't handle it. Quality is the only way.
The results are unique interpretations of classic grapes and also some of the rarest heritage varieties in the world.
There is care, passion and work in these bottles that is considered absurd by modern standards of profitability. But when you open a bottle, you'll be glad stubborn heroic winemakers didn't listen.
People are not interchangeable
This is personal. The business is human powered and can be counted on one hand.
Our producers are small, usually families. Like winemakers everywhere today, they explore their terroir, work with new techniques and revive old ones. But they do it in the hardest terrain.
The Alpine regions of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia share much in culture and lifestyle - often more than with their own countries' flatlands. We recognise traditions, expressions and foods across borders. Many things - people too! - feel familiar from Slovenia to the Bavarian Alps, from Vienna to the foothills of the Provence Alps.
We - born here or come here - have the mountains, lakes and rivers in our bones, in our traditions, in our legends, dreams and fears, in our food and -last but not least- in our wine.
We shared history, through the influence of the Habsburgs, the Savoy, the Swiss and Burgundy. And we shared vines!
Wine connects people around the table and across the world, connects people to the past and the future, across generations. When we eat and drink together, we get reminded that we all have more in common than we think.
For centuries wine has been a miracle to humankind, preserving calories, safer than water, full of exhuberant flavours when flavours were few and far between, and of course, bringing merriment. It's still a miracle today.
Whether you are searching for wines you know, or wines to discover; whether you're buying a special bottle for an anniversary, a case to thank friends, or a mountain of wine for a wedding; whether you buy once a year or twice a month, or only ever come to events: we want you in our Alpine tribe.
We're here if you need help or advice. Behind the forms, the email, or the phone number, there's only a small number of people. A tiny team with a rather uncompromising focus on quality, personality and craftsmanship. Joëlle and Robb in Idle, West Yorkshire, and Tim in London.
Swiss born Joelle Nebbe-Mornod grew up near Lausanne Switzerland. Joelle is a physicist and has a Masters in theoretical physics from the ETH Lausanne, Switzerland, but in 1995 she fell into the burgeoning field of the World Wide Web. Joelle has been involved in pioneering online projects in Switzerland, France, Germany and the UK, before taking over Nick Dobson Wines and launching Alpine Wines.
Alpine Wines is a labour of love - working within a niche, with small producers and direct contact to customers, working at the slow pace of winemaking and seasons, working with something real and deeply embedded into social life and culture.
For me, wine and the culture and land around the wines, are essential and timeless parts of life. Wine connects producers and wine lovers all over the world, and connects us around the table. Wine connects people to nature, to the cycle of the seasons, to past and future, stretching across generations. and it is deliciously interesting too!