Vinbonden is a natural wine shop in Copenhagen, named “The Winemaker” in Danish for its story. Shop owner, importer, and winemaker himself, Jon Frederik Capoul tells us a little about his selection of natural and low intervention wines, mostly from Southwestern France, and how it came about!
The story begins at the Capoul family estate on the outskirts of Bordeaux, Château Le Rait, a vineyard that has been in their family for 100+ years. Jon’s father Claude was one of the pioneers in organic farming in the 1980s. Today, Jon follows in his father’s footsteps with his own natural winemaking. Then, it was through his work as an importer that Jon became friends with Stephanie Roussel of Château Lassolle in Marmande. Somewhere along the way, Jon and a crowdfunding group purchased 3 hectares of Stephanie’s vineyard that they now farm and vinify together. Their first vintage 2020 will be released this summer, and is definitely one to look out for 🍇
Back home at Vinbonden, John cherry picks from his own import and other small scale importers alike. Jon says, “We aim at presenting our customers from all over metropolitan Copenhagen and digitally beyond with an evermore dynamic quality… meaning that we attempt to always seek out the best wines at any given time. Whether they are wines from my own production, similar importers, or one time buys of unicorn bottles, we want to provide the best wines available within the world of natural winemaking.”