Old World Imports is a full service import company, brokerage firm, marketing group and sales staff that represents a splendid selection of craft breweries, distilleries and wineries from the old world and the new. With over 35 years in the industry, we remember when there were less than 80 breweries in the country, we remember the struggle in the 1990s to introduce real beer to the nation and we stand in awe today as our country once again has become one of the top brewing countries in the world.
Today, the Old World Imports catalog cornerstones are a group of craft breweries from Castilla Y Leon in Northwest Spain. Known for centuries as Spain's most fertal ground for great wines, a new breed of craft brewers have arisen around the historic town of Valladolid and are produced some pretty incredible beers from local grains and ingenious vision. Our three breweries from the Bavarian Alps are a combined 2,200 years old and our North American catalog is ever growing with three stupendous California breweries taking care of the "over the top" categories and a thrilling selection of some of the top up-and-coming smaller craft brewers from around the Country.
2014 saw the addition of the very prestigious Amber Browar out of Poland, a brewery many consider to be that Country's finest craft brewery. 2014 also saw the addition of one of the most ambitious catalogs of wineries out of New York's Finger Lakes region.
Our reputation for building brands is second to none and Old World Imports works with only the finest, hardest working wholesalers across the Country, assuring our producers the most vivid and wide exposure that exists in today's marketplace.
Some wicked new beers from Evansville Indiana
Evansville, Indiana - Founded in 2012
Jason Carson’s family own the Evansville Chem Group, which specializes in distilling specific componants from recycled industrial fluids. Jason originally wanted to open a distillery in Evansville, but when he met brewers John Mills and Nathaniel Cruse, they persuaded him to open a microbrewery instead and add a distillery down the road. Jason found the perfect building on Lynch Road in Evansville and proceeded to equip it with an expansive 20 barrel system and classic fermenting tanks. The brewery opened it’s doors in 2012 amid much anticipation as their Brown Cow Brown Ale had won “Best of Show” at the 2010 Indiana State Fair, two years before it was available. So the beer cognoscendi from all over Indiana were counting the days until their opening, and the brewery didn’t disappoint. From the brilliant Red IPA to the Red Dawn Amber Wheat, these guys weren’t afraid to emphasis toasted malts to balance out the intense hop notes. The Brown Cow is the staple of the lineup, but the “Eville” American Wheat is right behind it in popularity. Carson Brewery has come out fast and furious, but their small batch mentality will always keep quality their first priority.
The definitive Finger Lakes Wine Catalog
The great wines of the Finger Lakes region have been New York's well kept secret for quite some time. But over the last few years, the word has gotten out; this really IS a world class region for white wines. And for the first time, a group of the finest, most heralded wineries from the Finger Lakes have banded together to market their products (for the first time) outside of New York. THE NEW YORK WINE EXCHANGE was born from this idea, and now, for the first time, the rest of the country will find out what New Yorkers have known for a long time; these are some of the finest white wines produced on this earth (and they've been made literally in our own backyard for over 250 years).
BOUNDARY BREAKS VINEYARD - Lodi, Finger Lakes, New York
Bruce Murray and his father purchased a 120 acre farm on the East side of Seneca Lake in 2007 that had been in the same family since 1850. Murray’s goal was to develop a vineyard that could yield Finger Lakes Rieslings that were comparable to some of the great Rieslings of Germany and Alsace. The focus and dedication of the project is a revelation in the region and the project is helping to redefine what can be done in the Finger Lakes.
INSPIRE MOORE WINERY - Naples, Finger Lakes, New York
Walking into Inspire Moore’s tasting room, the first thing you see is a huge painting of John Lennon. With wines named “Change”, “Peace”, “Love” and “Joy”, it’s obvious that Tim and Diane Moore’s influences run a little deeper than the traditional wine industry. With a huge dedication to the environment and sustainable growing practices, the Moores make it a point to buy grapes from local growers who also practice sustainable growth. The winery is producing some simply thrilling wines today.
RED NEWT CELLARS - Hector, Finger Lakes, New York
A monumental winery and bistro located in the tiny hamlet of Hector on the Southern end of Seneca Lake. Founded in 1998 by David Whiting and his late wife Debra, the "Red Newt" became a culinary treasure in the Finger Lakes region and is still considered the finest, most creative restaurant in the region. David is the winemaker and his run of brilliant Rieslings have put the winery on the forefront of the new wave of wineries in New York.
RED TAIL RIDGE WINERY - Penn Yan, Finger Lakes, New York
Red Tail Ridge winery is owned and operated by Mike Schnelle and Nancy Irelan who are dedicated to producing fine wine in the Finger Lakes. Schnelle is one of the most meticulous and exacting viticulturists in the Finger Lakes and Nanci was a former Vice President of Viticulture and Enology R&D at one of the world's largest wineries before leaving it all. The winery was the first in New York is the first to be "Leeds" certified for their organic practices and sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery.
SHAW VINEYARDS - Himrod, Finger Lakes, New York
These are brilliant wines from a master craftsman that has always done things his own way, regardless of what the rest of the world is doing. From day one, Shaw proceeded to institute some of the most unique winemaking principles at his little winery on Seneca Lake and has literally broken every winemaking rule known to man. There is no grape crusher at the winery; Shaw puts his whole berries in open casks and lets them sit for 3-4 years before he transfers them to tanks or oak barrels. There is also not a trace of a fermenter on the premises either. Some of the most remarkable wines being produced in this country today.
WAGNER VINEYARDS - Lodi, Finger Lakes, New York
Bill Wagner’s family had been growing grapes for over 50 years when the passage of the Farm Winery Act in 1976 changed the laws and made it affordable for the Wagner family to produce their own wines. Bill designed a very distinctive winery and cellar right on the waterfront of Seneca Lake and they were open for business by 1979. In less than a year, the Wagner name would by synonomous with the heights a wine could reach being produced on the East Coast. It was those early decisions of what to grow in the Finger Lakes region that made the Wagner family so revered as they were the first in the region to excell with Chardonnay and Riesling.
The glorious 2012 vintage in Burgundy
Critics are calling the 2012 vintage one of the finest on record in Burgundy. The Domaine Debray in Beaune has produced some of the stars of the vintage. Their wines from old vines up on the hills of the Hautes Cotes de Beaune are exquisite. Please contact Old World Imports for more information.
Beaune, Cote d'Or, France
Yvonnick Debray spent 20 years representing the finest estates in Burgundy and knew the wines and their winemakers as well as anyone in France. But just selling great Burgundy wasn’t enough for Yvonnick; he wanted to make and sell his own wines. Debray’s first step was to purchase a revered old wine cellar in the heart of Beaune, on the “Place Saint-Jacques“ right down the road from the Hospices de Beaune. His next step was to hire one of the most accomplished winemakers in Burgundy; Jean Philippe Terreau, who was responsible for Olivier LeFlaive’s exquisite wine program for the previous 28 years. Now Debray knew the vineyards of Burgundy like the back of his hand, and he knew who would have fruit available from the finest sites, (not to mention who might have a few acres to sell). So slowly but surely, he has put together an impressive domaine with some very enviable sites in the portfolio from some of the finest vineyard sites in Burgundy. Each vineyard is 100% hand picked during the harvest with a second sort of the fruit bunches at the estate (the fruit is transported from the vineyard to the estate in refrigerated trucks). Fermentations lasting 4-6 weeks followed by a complete malolactic fermentation in the very cold cellar. Only oak barriques from the Vosges and Allier forests are used with each wine seeing anywhere from 20% - 35% new oak. Older barrels are sold after five harvests. The wines see 8-12 months in oak dependent upon the vintage and are bottled after a light filtration. The domaine is known for rich, vivid wines with “new world” stylings yet still traditional. What made this old cellar in Beaune so desirable was the remarkable array of old vines that “this old” domaine owned. Debray loved the fruit that came from these vines high up in the hills of Beaune (with the “Hautes Cotes de Beaune” appellation). 35-50 year old vines on a choice site not far from some of Beaune’s top Premier Cru sites. These treasured vines produce the domaine’s flagship wines; the Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge from 100% old vine Pinot Noir and the Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc from old vine Chardonnay. These are serious wines that are dramatically rich, fragrant, packed with “terroir” yet burst with elegance. Those two wines are quite the introduction into the Debray catalog; the domaine is producing small lots of wine from the Cote d’Or’s finest sites; Vosne Romanee, Volnay, Nuits-St Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, Pommard, Pommard, Beaune and some of the Cotes de Chalonnais’ finest sites; Santenay, Mercurey and Saint Aubin. From the Grand Crus to the Bourgognes, these are articulate, refined wines.
2012 HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE Bourgogne Rouge
100% handpicked Pinot Noir from 35 year old vines from four different plots on a Southern hillside outside the village of La Rochepot. Vinified in stainless steel tanks with temperature controled fermentation and aged for 10 months in French oak barriques.
“Vibrant red to lighter on the rim with a nose of sweet red fruits, tarry and light with enticing Pinot fruit, leading to a palate of sweet, tarry black fruit with floral overtones, perfumed, crunchy yet quite rich too with some fine tannins behind and a lovely, fresh finish. Drink 2014 - 2017. Very good potential.”
NICOLA ARCEDECKNE-BUTLER M.W.
2012 HAUTES COTES BE BEAUNE Bourgogne Blanc
100% hand-picked Chardonnay from a parcel of 30-50 year old vines with Western exposure on a marly slope located low in the Côte de Beaune in the village of La Rochepot. Vinified in stainless steel tanks then aged in oak barriques and bottled the following spring to keep its freshness and fruit.
"The 2012 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc shows fresh acids, with fine sweet, white peach fruit, with a slightly floral aroma..."
HELENE SAVAGE - M.W.
“Pale gold with a nose of bright white stone fruits, fresh, leading to a tightly fruited palate of supple, juicy white fruits, a very distant grilled note and a rich, tangy finish. Delicious. Drink 2014 - 2016. Very good potential.”
NICOLA ARCEDECKNE-BUTLER - M.W.
Spain's legendary hard ciders
This is where it all started. Spain has been producing natural ciders from apples for well over 1,000 years. The Asturian Mountains in Northern Spain has a culture that has changed little since medieval times, and every corner of every little picturesque village up in the Asturian mountains has a cider bar. These ciders are produced "au natural" and must be poured far from the glass to cause an instant splash to "wake up" the cider and turn it into a fizzy, milky glory. The Basque region produces their ciders the same way and OLD WORLD IMPORTS is proud to announce the arrivals of three of the hottest cider producers in Spain.
Tinana, The Asturian Mountains, Spain
Calypso hops are a dual purpose hop that was originally bred from the Nugget hop varietal. These large, square-ish hops have an alpha acid content of approximately 12% – 14%. Prized for their fruity character, we at HBC are excited to bring this hop to our single hop series. Calypso has a resinous hop bitterness that lasts well into the finish. It has a fruity and earthy hop character that has hints of pear, melon, with a light spicy finish.
THE EVA GROUP
Citra is the most well received in our series of Single Hop beers. After taking Gold in 2011 and 2012 at the California Craft Brew Competition, and due to its high demand with our consumers, we decided to make this a year-round style. This IPA pours a dark amber in color with an off-white head. The hop aroma is floral, with citrus notes, while the malts have a toasted barley character with some caramel. Citra‘s hop flavor is resiny, with some citrus quality that is offset by toasty malt flavors with a touch of caramel. This is a moderately full bodied beer, with a bright carbonation, and a dry finish. 7% ABV / 55 IBUs
El Dorado is a dual-purpose American hop varietal. El Dorado is a high alpha acid hop, which provides plenty of bitterness while its flavor and aroma profile consists of tropical fruit characteristics. Pear, watermelon candy, and stone fruit have also been noted. Hermitage Brewer Greg Filippi has been trying to get his hands on El Dorado Hops since they were released several years ago, which until now have been in short supply. Last summer during harvest, he was lucky enough to visit the farm in Yakima where the El Dorado strain is cultivated. El Dorado gets its name from the fabled City of Gold, because the flowers contain so many essential oils and resins that handling them for even a short time quickly turns your hands a pale yellow color. The hops have a strong tropical fruit aroma like pineapple and mango, with a noticeable underpinning of resinous pine. 7% ABV / 55 IBUs
BUSH PILOT BREWING COMPANY
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
THE EVA GROUP
Lecumberri, Navarra, Spain
Tinana, Asturias, Spain
Bielsk Podlaski, Poland
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bielsk Podlaski, Poland
VENTURA LIMONCELLO COMPANY
BOUNDARY BREAKS VINEYARD
Lodi, Finger Lakes, New York
INSPIRE MOORE WINERY
Naples, Finger Lakes, New York
RED NEWT CELLARS
Hector, Finger Lakes, New York
RED TAIL RIDGE WINERY
Penn Yan, Finger Lakes, New York
Himrod, Finger Lakes, New York
Lodi, Finger Lakes, New York
Beaune, Burgundy, France