Smaragd Wines imports mostly organic and biodynamic wines throughout Europe to the Netherlands. Martijn Verkerk the founder earned the title of ‘Best Sommelier of The Netherlands’ in 2010. “A brilliant experience. But let’s not kid ourselves, the more you know about wine, the more you realise how little you actually know”, says Martijn Verkerk. His carefully chosen wines are always a pleasant surprise and spot on the mark. The farmers he works with strive to produce wines with as little intervention as possible. The wines they make tend to have a low alcohol-percentage, a good sour basis, optimal flavour expressions while containing minimum levels of oak. And this is why his wine-selection tends to be pure, elegant and powerful. The ‘Gocce di Marinella’, ‘Galets Dores’, ‘Clot del Roure’, ‘For Friends’ and the ‘MIM’ Cava are all wines selected by him.