And by 'trade' I include importers, distributors, restaurants, winestores, chefs, waiters, writers, bloggers, and last but by no means least, winelovers who would like to receive a free bottle of wine or two through the post!
Here are my terms and conditions that are applicable as of today, 8th June 2015:
Rule 1: I will ship most commercial samples free of charge for the wine itself, but I will ask you to pay the cost of shipment. This is because I recently just added up the cost of shipping all the samples that I sent in 2014 and during the first few months of 2015, and I was duly shocked and horrified at the expense! To think of all the things I could have done with all that money! I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that's the way it's going to have to be from now on.
The cost of shipment includes the cost of a special box, designed to protect the wine bottle while in transit. It is made of cardboard certified by the FCS (Forestry Stewardship Council), does not contain any plastic or polystyrene bits, and is quite expensive compared to similar uncertified boxes. But I believe that it's worth paying for sustainability immediately in cash, as opposed to paying less cash now and leaving the payment of the unseen cost to 'others' later in the future.
Rule 2: I would appreciate some feedback on the wines I send you. Even if you don't like them for whatever reason. There's nothing worse (for me, speaking as a winemaker, that is) than to send off wines out into the world (free of charge too!) and then not hear anything back. What am I supposed to think? Was the wine so good that the importer (or whoever) just kept it for themsleves and their friends and refused to make it available to the natural wine-loving public? Or was it so awful that they didn't want to embarass me by telling me the awful truth?
Rule 3: The commercial samples that are covered by these rules are the generally available ones for exporting, ie the recently released ones of which there are a lot of bottles left and which cost €7/bottle ex cellar; it excludes the rarer bottles of which there are hardly any left, and which sell at €12 or €18 per bottle.
Rule 4: I'm quite serious about sending wine to winelovers, even if you're not actually technically part of the 'trade'. As far as I'm concerned, the final wineloving consumer is the most interesting and important part of the "supply chain", and I don't see why it should only be importers and distributors and retailers who should get the freebies! The final consumers are perfectly entitled to have some too!
I try to keep my 'page' My Wines and Where to Buy Them regularly updated. But it would be best for you to email me directly, especially if you are interested in the rarer wines of which there are not many bottles left.
When, and if, you trade people get round to ordering some wine, after having sampled the free samples, ...
The basic price for all my wines is, in general, €7/bottle Ex Cellar, for small quantities, ie by the individual bottle or case. If we're talking about whole pallets (5-600 bottles) or half-pallets (300 bottles, ish), then the price per bottle is a bit less!
As you can see (on My Wines and Where to Buy Them page) when the quantity of a given wine left drops below a certain number of bottles (200), the price goes up to €12/bottle; and when the quantity drops below another threshold (100), the price goes up again to €18/bottle. When only 12 bottles are left, they are no longer for sale, and I keep them back for tastings, to see how they evolve over time.
Seriously, it really was shocking the amount of money I spent on postage last year, so this issue of paying for the transport really is non-negotiatable.
My Email: enestoslugares "at" gmail "dot" com
My Mobile: (+34) 687-050-010