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Glass of Herts: Champagne Buy Gemeaux

PUBLISHED: 17:45 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:45 30 March 2016

We celebrate a Herts-based importer of independent grower Champagnes

We celebrate a Herts-based importer of independent grower Champagnes


Laura Vickers discovers a Hertfordshire specialist Champagne importer bringing us independent grower Champagnes

When Buntingford couple Karen and Ian Dibbs first visited Champagne in France with friends in 2008, they immediately fell in love with the region and especially with the wine produced by the smaller, lesser-known Champagne houses.

Karen explains, ‘We discovered there are hundreds of independent producers who have been growing grapes and producing quality Champagne for generations, but due to their small size they cannot afford to invest time and money exporting their Champagne outside of France. We then had the idea to import it ourselves.’

They established Champagne Buy Gémeaux in 2013, and their online store now sells wines from 16 Champagne houses including Pommery, Pierre Gobillard and Armand de Brignac. Karen and Ian also understood that people are sometimes reluctant to buy a Champagne they’re not familiar with, and so they also set up a mobile Champagne bar which they take to events and hire out to weddings, parties and corporate gatherings, as well as holding tastings at customers’ homes. The company also supplies restaurants, hotels and pubs.

The business attracted impressive support in February when it was selected by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis for a Small Business Sunday award (#SBS on social media), which recognise innovative smaller enterprises.

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