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Native & alternative wines.

We're an award-winning online wine merchant, drinking outside the box since 2012.

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New Zealand with a difference

Get to know the revolutionary Loveblock wines of Erica & Kim Crawford from Marlborough and Central Otago

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Spotlight on... De Kleine Wijn Koöp

Winemaker Wynand Grobler (left) took over this classy sleeper hit in 2019, "The Little Wine Co-Op" having been created a few years previousy by a gregarious and talented collective of winemakers and artists.

These are very limited-edition wines from prime, sought-after vineyards and always tasting as good as they look.

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Here's a selection of newly landed wines that you're going to love.

Rocamadre Criolla 2019
Rocamadre Criolla 2019
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Rocamadre Criolla 2019

From £27.00

Rocamadre Blanco 2019
Rocamadre Blanco 2019
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Rocamadre Blanco 2019

From £30.00

Koerner Mammolo Sciaccarello 2019
Koerner Mammolo Sciaccarello 2019 - Red Squirrel Wine
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Koerner Mammolo Sciaccarello 2019

From £38.00

Koerner La Korse 2019
Koerner La Korse 2019 - Red Squirrel Wine
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Koerner La Korse 2019

From £32.00

David Franz Plane Turning Right 2015
David Franz Plane Turning Right 2015 - Red Squirrel Wine

David Franz Plane Turning Right 2015

From £28.00

David Franz Red Rosé 2015
David Franz Red Rosé 2015 - Red Squirrel Wine

David Franz Red Rosé 2015

From £25.00

Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017
Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Even Keel Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2017

From £32.00

La Violetta Fric Frac 2017
La Violetta Fric Frac 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

La Violetta Fric Frac 2017

From £37.00

La Violetta Fiume 2017
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La Violetta Fiume 2017

From £33.00

Manchester Wine School Introductory Case
Manchester Wine School Introductory Case - Red Squirrel Wine

Manchester Wine School Introductory Case

£256.00

Fornaro Soave Classico 2018
Fornaro Soave Classico 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Fornaro Soave Classico 2018

From £19.00

Cossetti Gavi di Gavi 2018
Cossetti Gavi di Gavi 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Cossetti Gavi di Gavi 2018

From £24.00

Armas de Guerra Mencía 2018
Armas de Guerra Mencía 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Armas de Guerra Mencía 2018

From £15.00

Armas de Guerra Rosado 2018
Armas de Guerra Rosado 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Armas de Guerra Rosado 2018

From £15.00

Armas de Guerra Blanco 2018
Armas de Guerra Blanco 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Armas de Guerra Blanco 2018

From £15.00

Piantaferro Chianti 2017
Piantaferro Chianti 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Piantaferro Chianti 2017

£15.00

Xavier Côtes du Rhône 2017
Xavier Côtes du Rhône 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Xavier Côtes du Rhône 2017

From £20.00

Morgado do Quintão Branco 2018
Morgado do Quintão Branco 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Morgado do Quintão Branco 2018

From £24.00

Brothers Koerner Pinot Noir 2019
Brothers Koerner Pinot Noir 2019 - Red Squirrel Wine

Brothers Koerner Pinot Noir 2019

From £27.00

Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2018

From £15.00

Wine of the Week by Matthew van Heerden

Every week we highlight here a wine that we're particularly enjoying right now. Matthew van Heerden is a former international young winemaker of the year and won an award for the world's best Chardonnay, so his pedigree for this wine is pretty sharp. Elgin is at the southern tip of Africa on an elevated plateau and close to the ocean, so offering the cooler climes that fine Chardonnay needs.

Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017

£36.00
White | Ready, but will improve | MVH Signature Wines | 2017 | South Africa > Western Cape > Elgin Valley | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5% abv

Matthew van Heerden comes from a long line of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal but moved to the Western Cape to study winemaking at Elsenburg and has since racked up more than fifteen vintages including stints as the winemaker at both Uva Mira in Stellenbosch as well as Iona in Elgin. In 2006, the IWSC named Matthew in the top 10 winemakers in the world and in 2011, he was named South African Young Winemaker of the Year. It is the cooler climes that have captivated him most, and he has perhaps the greatest experience of Elgin of any of the younger new wave of winemakers in South Africa.

This Chardonnay was sourced from sites planted predominantly on decomposed granite and shale with cool climates. Naturally fermented in barrel at cool temperatures, and settling on the lees for added complexity. It's a truly stunning Chardonnay, one of South Africa's finest.

“This is one of the best interpretations of the grape in the Cape: subtle, balanced, elegant and refreshing with stone fruit and falvours of lemon butter and gunflint. The new oak is very well integrated here.”

Tim Atkin MW, Top Chardonnays in South Africa 2018

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Judging the best burgers in London, with wine of course.

We put our tastebuds to the test and reveal the best burger in London, and what wine to drink with it. You're welcome.

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September 2019

Merger with The Knotted Vine

In the summer of 2019, Red Squirrel merged with fellow small specialist The Knotted Vine and created the Graft Wine Company, a supplier to some of the UK's top restaurants, bars and merchants. We still offer many of our wines to the public here online.

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July 2019

Named 3rd best drinks supplier in the UK

We were honoured to be voted by leading industry professionals the third best drinks supplier to the on-trade this year.

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December 2015

Nutkin wine bar pops up in Haggerston

For a few weeks at the end of 2015, we teamed up with a number of chefs - including the brilliant Smoke & Salt (pictured) - to launch Nutkin wine bar in east London.

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2013 to 2014

At a market near you...

Red Squirrel popped up selling wine at markets and wine festivals across the country.

August 2012

It all began in Liguria

Red Squirrel was created as an importer and online shop by Nik Darlington in summer 2012 after visiting producers in the little-known Italian region of Liguria, wines we still have to this day.

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