We had such a blast at the Tom Cridland AW '15 Birthday Gala at Lilford and it was a huge honour to begin what will hopefully be long running partnership with Mirabeau en Provence, whose delicious wine was one of the highlights of the evening.
The story of Mirabeau en Provence is fascinating one. The wine's creator, Stephen, had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years him and his family had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make our own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.
Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, they headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.
They spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way and criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with our customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets and has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics.
Mirabeau en Provence and Tom Cridland are brands with so much synergy and we hope to serve the delicious wine at our events long into the future.