We have been proud to develop a wonderful working partnership with Firehorse Fashion over the past couple of years. Founded by Finella Devitt, Firehorse is a luxury fashion accessories brand championing the best of British design and craftsmanship. Its collection of limited-edition, sustainability produced, silk scarves is designed and hand-made in England.
The brand is all about creative excellence, authenticity, showcasing locally produced and ethically sourced luxury products with a collaborative spirit. These qualities set a strong partnership foundation with Simpsons’ Wine Estate, as they coincide with our core values and brand ethos. We are proud to commit to every introductory Firehorse order receiving a complimentary bottle of our elegant and exquisite Canterbury Rose Sparkling Rosé.
Co-Founder, Ruth Simpson, is delighted with this wonderful connection with a fellow British luxury producer;
“As with our range of premium English wines, we are dedicated to promoting high-quality, home-grown businesses, so when Firehorse approached us with the possibility of a collaborative partnership, we were absolutely thrilled. Their range of stunning silk scarves really do strike the balance between heritage luxury and innovative design. I love wearing Firehorse’s beautiful “Solena” scarf – stylish and chic, it receives many compliments, and it is so wonderful to be able to champion this boutique British brand.”
Thus, we were very pleased to learn the exciting news that Firehorse had been selected to create a beautiful set of commemorative scarves for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This special collection comprises a ‘Luxury Heritage’ range of collectible heirloom pieces in pure silk satin as well as an ‘Eclectic Games’ vibrant memorabilia range in a silk-cotton mix and pure cotton, all beautifully crafted and made to last.
Firehorse founder, Finella, explains “We are truly appreciative of this high-level recognition of our brand and opportunity to celebrate the magical, world-class spirit of the Games. We're enjoying using our combined experience in British artisan manufacturing, creative heritage, design and speciality marketing to offer a locally sourced, sustainable and inspired collection to both the corporate world and spectators alike.”
To celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games, we are running a gold-medal worthy giveaway with Firehorse via our Instagram channel. Discover more here… (closing date Sunday 31 July 2022).
We felt a special connection with this particular international sporting event, not just with the commemorative Firehorse collection, but also as we are fortunate to have such a diverse team hailing from across the Commonwealth. Both our Head Winemaker, Leigh Sparrow, and Sales and Events Manager, Henry Rymill, were born and raised in Australia, our Estate Manager, Darryl Kemp, is a New Zealander and our newly appointed Assistant Winemaker, Den’e Van Wyk, has joined us from South Africa.
Coming to us with roots and experience in the already well-established New World wine regions, we were keen to discover more about what drew our international team to join us on our English wine adventures…
“I’m lucky to be from Australia and to have worked for quite some time in the Australian wine industry in various capacities at family owned wine estates from cellar hand to marketing and sales manager and for a few years owning a small vineyard in the lovely McLaren Vale region of South Australia. I am now fortunate to be working in the fast-emerging English wine industry for Simpsons’ - this exciting and innovative family-owned wine estate.
In addition, I have the good fortune through our estate’s involvement with the Wine Garden of England, a collection of key but diverse wine producers in Kent, to work with a group of dedicated and passionate people promoting the wines of the county and encouraging people to visit the vineyards.
There is talk about wines being from the Old World or the New World but for me the wines from England and Wales are more “New Wave”, with a similar spirit to what we see in the Australian wine industry and indeed other Commonwealth wine making countries.
That spirit is the desire to pursue quality, to enjoy challenges, to experiment and to push the boundaries of grape growing and wine making together as producers, regions and nationally whilst inspiring people through our stories to visit us, to taste and enjoy our produce and wines.”
“When I arrived in the UK in 2019 I was in awe of the diverse selection of wines that were at my new doorstep. For the first time in my wine career it was readily accessible to try wines from places such as Tokaij, Burgundy, Provence to Sonoma and Mendoza and also tasting varieties such as Rkatsiteli from Georgia and Nerello Mascalese from Mount Etna (although I had to deepen my pockets!).
This truly gave me a great desire to learn more from different cultures and places and helped me understand how I was going to incorporate my South African flair into my making of prestigious wine in England. I am a very proud Stellenbosch girl and I am greatly excited to see what is possible for UK wine with the help of people from all over the world.
I believe that in order to make the finest wine in the new world you need to be open to learn from the old world. I therefore highly regard places such as Champagne and Burgundy as they have been making wine before the 6th century BC. Of course, the goal is not to duplicate their masterpieces but to create something truly unique to England that gets a seat at the table next to these big names.”