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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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Nou gaan ons braai!

Discover the memorably spectacular wines of Albert Ahrens from diverse terroirs across South Africa's Western Cape

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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... Lowerland

Bertie Coetzee (left) is the sixth generation farmer at Lowerland in the remote Northern Cape. A pioneering organic farm mostly devoted to maize, flour, cattle and pecan nuts, their small 3-hectare vineyard is turning out some of the most exciting wines in South Africa.

The grapes are picked and driven 12 hours south down the N1 to Stellenbosch, where the wine is made by talented young winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg.

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Bestselling red wines

Can't decide? These are the red wines our customers have bought the most lately, why not try them yourself?

Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2018
Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Le Plan des Moines La Borde Côtes du Rhône 2018

From £19.00

Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017
Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Zweigelt 2017

From £15.00

Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018
Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Marsilea Bobal Joven 2018

£16.00

Eekhoring Rooi 2018
Eekhoring Rooi 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Eekhoring Rooi 2018

From £17.00

Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Tocco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

£17.00

Vinteloper SH/18 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018
Vinteloper SH/18 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Vinteloper SH/18 Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018

From £41.00

Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014
Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014

£44.00

Clos Cibonne Tradition Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Tibouren 2018
Clos Cibonne Tradition Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Tibouren 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine
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Clos Cibonne Tradition Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Tibouren 2018

From £29.00

Vinteloper "If Life Gives You Lagrein" 2017
Vinteloper

Vinteloper "If Life Gives You Lagrein" 2017

From £18.00

Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017
Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Bruna Bansigu Rosso 2017

£25.00

Combel-la-Serre Le Pur Fruit du Causse Malbec 2018
Combel-la-Serre Le Pur Fruit du Causse Malbec 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Combel-la-Serre Le Pur Fruit du Causse Malbec 2018

From £18.00

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016
Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2016

From £31.00

Château de Bel Echappée Bel Rouge NV
Château de Bel Echappée Bel Rouge NV - Red Squirrel Wine
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Château de Bel Echappée Bel Rouge NV

From £19.00

Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017
Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017 - Red Squirrel Wine

Combel-la-Serre La Vigne Juste Derrière Chez Carbo 2017

From £19.00

Valdonica Saragio 2014
Valdonica Saragio 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Valdonica Saragio 2014

£34.00

Haywire White Label Gamay 2016
Haywire White Label Gamay 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Haywire White Label Gamay 2016

From £31.00

Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Red Squirrel Wine

Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

From £40.00

Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Rouge 'Les Silices' 2018
Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Rouge 'Les Silices' 2018 - Red Squirrel Wine

Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Rouge 'Les Silices' 2018

£19.00

Caminhos Cruzados Titular Tinto 2016
Caminhos Cruzados Titular Tinto 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Caminhos Cruzados Titular Tinto 2016

From £16.00

Château de Bel Franc de Bel NV
Château de Bel Franc de Bel NV - Red Squirrel Wine
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Château de Bel Franc de Bel NV

£31.00

Wine of the Week by Jacques de Klerk

Every week we highlight here a wine that we're particularly enjoying right now. Jacques has a day job as winemaker at Radford Dale, but for some years he's been making a remarkable single-vineyard Chenin Blanc on the side. "Reverie represents everything I have learnt about terroir, Chenin Blanc, viticulture and winemaking." Mesmerisingly pure, unique and unforgettable.

Reverie Chenin Blanc 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine
Reverie Chenin Blanc 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine
Reverie Chenin Blanc 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine
Reverie Chenin Blanc 2016 - Red Squirrel Wine

Reverie Chenin Blanc 2016

£31.00

Reverie

White | Ready, but will keep | Reverie | 2016 | South Africa > Western Cape > Swartland | Chenin Blanc | Light Bodied, Dry | 11% abv

Jacques de Klerk's day job is making wine at the Winery of Good Hope, also known for its lo-fi Radford Dale wines. Like many a talented winemaker in South Africa, Jacques has more than one string to his bow. His second string is Reverie, a Chenin Blanc from the Paardeberg.

From a single vineyard planted in 1978, "rooted in the purest, crunchy, ancient granite soils I have ever seen, these vines have gone without irrigation their entire life and have grown up tough and hardy", so says Jacques.

This 2016 vintage garnered the prestigious 5-star rating from Platter's Wine Guide in South Africa, and just 180 bottles came to the UK.

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.

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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