As we begin 2016, I can confidently say Meridian Prime has built one of the finest and most diverse portfolios of South African wine in the United States.
We currently represent over 50 wines from 14 producers spanning 8 of South Africa’s gorgeous wine regions. From mountain top vineyards overlooking Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, to some of Stellenbosch’s most coveted terroir in the Banghoek Valley, to a single vineyard of stunning Old-Vine Chenin Blanc in Montagu, to the cool climate slopes of Elgin, we are proud to represent some of the best wines being produced in South Africa and hope to have the opportunity to share them with you soon.
And, as proud as I am about our portfolio, it’s still hard for me to believe how far we have come in such a short amount of time. As a startup in the multi-billion dollar wine industry, working with a historically challenging category, and focused on selling in New York City, the world’s most difficult wine market, we have been faced with untold hundreds of challenging, often bruising, decisions. The one that stands above the rest for me is our decision to focus exclusively on South African wine. We made this decision for a few reasons. First, the quality of South African wine is better than at any time since the first Cape wines were produced in 1658, and we relish the opportunity to showcase this. Secondly, we are a small team, just 4 people, but combined, we have over 23 years of experience passionately advocating and selling South African wine in the US and each of us agreed that our strength was in specialization. Lastly, our commitment to exclusively represent South African wine is a vote of total confidence in the future of the South African wine industry, one that, I believe, has attracted many of our producers to work with us.
Thank you for visiting our website today. I encourage you to follow Meridian Prime (@meridian_prime) and me (@samtimberg) on Twitter where we will share lots of news on public tastings, new ratings, and general information on the South African wine industry. You can also check back regularly here as we will be updating our blog regularly with our take on South African wine, startup challenges and successes, guest blogs, and lots more. In the coming months we will also publish interviews with each of our winemakers so you can start to get to know them as well as we do. If you have any questions about Meridian Prime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us from the Contact page.