Importer Profiles: Louis/Dressner Selections

Import Focus: The portfolio features wines with an emphasis on natural winemaking techniques and originality in the bottle. L/D wines subscribe to non-interventionist methods, such as using wild yeast, non-filtration and hand-harvesting. The company has been instrumental in natural wine’s recent proliferation and rise to popularity.

Where In the World: Wines in the portfolio come from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and, most recently, Chile.

Who’s Behind It: L/D is a partnership of Denyse Louis, a native Burgundian, and Kevin McKenna. Founding partner Joe Dressner died of brain cancer in 2011.

Choice Words: "We have no brands. We are not looking for them. We do have a group of often fanatical growers who are doing their best to make wines that are original because they are honestly crafted. These might seem old-fashioned, but in the present context it is almost revolutionary...."

Learn More:

Read an Interview with Joe Dressner and Kevin McKenna

Follow Louis/Dressner on Twitter

Read Joe Dressner's Obituary in the New York Times

Watch videos of the winemakers of the wine listed below from the Louis Dressner site.

Watch Olivier Lemasson of Les Vins Contés

Watch Silvio Messana of Poderi Sanguineto

Watch Dora Forsoni of Montesecondo