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Est. 1996 When you make wine, 25 years is really no time at all. And yet, in this quarter century, we have managed true generational projects. From the 1 hectare that Ewald Kopp started with in 1996, the winery has grown to 32 hectares of select vineyards in the best locations of Ortenau. Johannes & Alina
Ruggeri in Valdobbiadene is a historic winery founded in 1950, in the heart of Prosecco, the most evocative area of the entire Prosecco Superiore DOCG denomination. Ruggeri produces its sparkling wines from grapes grown in the “Golden Triangle”, a picturesque hilly area delimited by the hamlets of Santo Stefano, San Pietro di Barbozza and Saccol. These areas are known, in this denomination, for producing the best quality grapes. Right at the centre lies the precious Cartizze hill, the most famous cru in the entire area. The constant striving for quality has resulted in Ruggeri becoming one of the key producers in the Cartizze area, so much that the triangle used on the logo symbolizes the enduring bond between Ruggeri and the Golden Triangle itself. Ruggeri strongly believes in a collaboration with nature. The team of agronomists have set up an innovative and sustainable pruning training program for the grape suppliers. Furthermore, since 2019 Ruggeri has joined the SQNPI certification. This Quality System is recognized at European Community level and aims to use agronomic methods to minimise the use of chemicals, water and energy. Driven by its pioneering spirit, Ruggeri has supported for many years the promotion of a culture of time, to give Prosecco an evolutionary perspective, offering different vintages in the form of vertical tastings. Therefore, Ruggeri has been the first winery to produce a Prosecco using only the grapes of century-old vines. Journeying into the unknown and pushing the boundaries is the innate characteristic that inspires its enduring quest for quality.
"It has to be a passion, not a science", Hannes Reeh always likes to say when he talks about drinking wine. The vintner combines long-standing family tradition and the authenticity of a true Burgenländer with wine experience from the New World. The result of his work: accessible wines that convince both laymen and confirmed connoisseurs. It's good to live under the sun of Andau - as a person and as a vine. With around 2400 hours of sunshine per year, Andau is the sunniest place in Austria - at the same time, less than 500 millimeters of annual precipitation make it one of the places with the least rainfall in the country. The Pannonian climate is made for good wine, because under these circumstances extraordinarily ripe grapes grow, which produce wines of elegant power and fullness. As one would expect from the Pannonian steppe, the soils under Hannes Reeh's vineyards are for the most part poor and gravelly. A few things are true of all Hannes Reeh wines: they have no unnecessary ballast, are strong in character, and bring the flavor of the heath soil to the bottle. And yet each variety has its own special characteristics. The wines of the Andau vintner are divided into four groups: The "Haus und Hof" wines are single-varietal and offer completely uncomplicated drinking pleasure; they are simply the winery's classics. The wines under the title "Heideboden" combine aroma and dense body with fine freshness. The "Unplugged" wines, on the other hand, do without any frills, thus, without fining and cosmetics. And the new line "In Bloom" comes along intensively and complexly - just "in full bloom", like the Nirvana song.
“Every working day and in every single bottle, we try to express the original characteristics of Andreola Valdobbiadene DOCG: the agility and softness, the juiciness and the creamy sensation on the palate, the intense fruity aroma.” - Stefano Pola, Owner of the Andreola Wine Estate. The work of man modifies the landscape, transforming its shape and rhythm. Since 1984, the year in which Nazzareno Pola founded the family estate in the heart of the Valdobbiadene DOCG growing region, Andreola has been an active part in this transformation. Today Stefano Pola continues to manage the estate with the same philosophy as his father, with the awareness that the best protection of the land is the profound knowledge that Valdobbiadene DOCG is not just a product but a living being: the result of the evolution of the vine, of its adaptability to the terrain and the climatic diversity, of labour which is still completely manual, of a “heroic viticulture”. Valdobbiadene DOCG is a wine which is literally “hand made”: only by careful, diligent, daily manual labour is it possible to cultivate vineyards on these steep hills. Andreola wanted to make this aspect one of his strong points, by becoming the first producer to enrol as a member of Cervim in 2010 - Centre for Research, Study and Promotion of Mountain Viticulture. From the vineyard to the final product being bottled in the cellar, it is necessary to combine ancient wisdom and methods with modern technology, passion with rationality. An evolution that has permitted Andreola to fully comprehend the “character” of Valdobbiadene DOCG, and thus know how to create a unique style of wine, characterised by the purity of the product and the maximum enhancement of its original characteristics: the creaminess on the palate, the intense fruity yet elegant aromas on the nose, the harmony and balance.
A Portrait - The Korrell Winery "I am a winemaker with all my heart and focus on the essentials - the best possible quality. My passion is to find the perfect balance with classic, sophisticated grape varieties in just a few wines, to bring them to their strongest expression and to show the greatest depth." (MARTIN KORRELL) Family with history The Korrell winery is located in the heart of the Middle Rhine region, on the outskirts of Bad Kreuznach, climatically favored between the Nahelauf and Rheinhessen. The origin of the Korrell family and winery is in Spain. There, in 1483, it was awarded the family coat of arms with the lion, which still adorns capsules and labels of the wines and is perceived as the trademark of Korrell wines. The Korrells came to the Nahe via France with the Huguenot migration. Viticulture has been practiced here since 1832. Today, Martin Korrell is the sixth generation to run the 30-hectare winery and has led it to the top of the region with an uncompromising commitment to quality. Close connection to the vineyard Martin Korrell has a close relationship with his vineyards. Manual labor is indispensable in the great terroirs of the Nahe. It is necessary to respond individually to each site, to the grape variety and to the microclimate. A gradual and selective hand harvest is the culmination of the labor-intensive growing year. The future of organic viticulture The most important goal for the future is the consistent conversion of the winegrowing operation to EU certified organic cultivation. Already in August 2020 the application was made. Out of deep conviction and responsibility for future generations, the winery has already been working sustainably for years. The EU organic certification is now the logical consequence of the tireless work.
Innovation and tradition as the two sides of one medal The first in organic wine in Germany. One of the first in Sauvignon Blanc in Rheinhessen. And right know – with his new “Zeiten-Sprung” – busy in revivifying the Grünfränkisch, a grape, lost in mid 19th century. Sanders are pioneers in a very original and true sense. “If you stand on solid ground, you can dare to move (light footed) lightly”, says Stefan Sander, third Generation winemaker. And the ground is indeed solid, for the excellent earth management of Stefans grandfather Ottoheinrich led over the years to a vivid, healthy, fertile foundation for the more than 20 different grapes in the winerys 50 acre vineyards. Back in Ottoheinrichs times, major ecological concerns motivated the first generation. In the meanwhile, the organic idea is an unshiftable ingredient and fundament for the extraordinary wines, being created in Mettenheim, just a short hop from the banks of river Rhine. Sander produces premium wines of local and internationally respected grape varieties. Their most important grapes are Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot noir. Clarity is a leading maxim in their work. Pioneering again in his will to reinvent regional chrakteristics of the Rheinhessen terroir, individually interpreted with the “Sander spirit”. www.sanderwines.com.
Winemaking on the red stone The history of the Rottensteiner family has always been closely linked to winegrowing in the city of Bolzano: the first records of winemaking on Rottensteiner lands go back to 1530. This is also reflected in the family name, which derives from the red-colored rock of the mountains around Bolzano, the porphyry. In 1956 Hans Rottensteiner founded the winery that bears his name, today run by the third generation in the person of his grandson, Hannes. “Interpreting the tradition of our winery in a modern way” is how Hannes describes the task that he and his wife Judith have set themselves for the coming years: their aim is to respect the achievements of the past and complement these with modern knowledge. Judith, who previously worked in the fields of classical music and culture and tourism marketing, tries in her own way to incorporate her experiences into her daily work at the winery. “We wish to follow our own clear path in running the winery and in producing our wine, remaining true to our own style without losing sight of the achievements of the past. We want to produce honest, down-to-earth South Tyrolean wines that have nothing to fear from international comparison. It is therefore vital that we all work as a team, complementing and comparing ourselves with each other, but never losing sight of our common goal.” The philosophy of the winery is to produce wines characterized by their clarity, elegance and freshness. The wines are intended for drinking pleasure and their typical nature should be clearly expressed, both in terms of variety and terroir. The range of varieties is wide and the majority of the wines from conviction mono-varietal, with a clear focus on the Schiava and Lagrein grapes that are so typical of the area. Minerally white wines are also gaining more and more in importance.
Roxanich is specialized in rare, long aged, natural wines from ancient Venetian lands. The spectacular winery is located in the medieval town of Motovun in Istria. Every Roxanich wine is a reflection of the magical place where it was created, and the strict natural, organic philosophy behind it. Freedom by Nature: Nestled between the heartland of Istrian winemaking and the Venetian coasts, in one of the world’s most picturesque viticultural landscapes, Mladen Rožanić and his six daughters - the eponymous Sorelle - continue not only to produce strictly limited quantities of wines with heritages stretching back hundreds of years, but also to evolve new varieties, producing authentic wines in harmony with nature. This rich history permeates everything they do: from the careful control of their deliberately small-scale production, to their strict adherence to organic, natural winemaking. Today, the Roxanich selection of 20 organic labels, ranges from crisp whites to honeysuckle rosés, to long aged and macerated white, orange and deep, dark and rich reds, divided into three distinct collections: PHILOSOPHY, SORELLE and FIRST ROSES. No winemaker has shaped the natural wine scene like Mladen Rožanić in recent years. With a maximum of knowledge, he brings wines to bottles with a minimum of intervention. This thinking created Mladen’s ultimate vision of vinifying and ageing international and indigenous varietals - such as Teran, Merlot, Borgonja Istriana, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, as expressed in his premium, signatory “Philosophy” range. In the vineyard - only natural elements like copper and sulphur are admitted in minimal quantities. Grapes are vinified in specially shaped barrels - wooden vats of 55 to 75 hl capacity - where fermentation and maceration take place. After pressing and first decanting, the wine is reracked in these same vats as well as 36 hl casks, where it is kept to age and mature for years. The wines are characterized by long skin contact which varies from vintage to vintage – 4 to 8 weeks for the reds, and for the whites from a day up to six months. More than 26 hectares of own, single estate vineyards, from Croatia’s most dramatic and coveted wine-growing region, ‘Red Istria’, supply Roxanich with grapes already bursting with flavour, untarnished by pesticides or any forms of artificial enrichment. Named for its striking red, iron-rich limestone soil, its neutral acidity and high minerality make it perfect for growing many of the region’s signature varietals. Roxanich’s eclectic, contemporary winery, featuring a sublime zero-kilometer cuisine and 32 rooms design hotel, rests perched on a hillside beneath the gentle shadow of Motovun, overlooking the dreamlike scenery of the Mirna River valley. Swanky and sophisticated, the rooms and suites are an ideal home away from home, while you explore Istria.
Passion and love for the craft are still the best pre-requisites for quality. This is especially true for the production of products that people should and are allowed to enjoy - such as wine. Philipp Bründlmayer carries this passion and love in his DNA. His wines are therefore the stuff of bliss: varietal, pure, straightforward and of unmistakable provenance. In Grunddorf, in the furthest corner of the Kamptal, they are stored and matured in steel tanks and large wooden barrels. However, they originate from the mighty loess terraces of Gedersdorf and Rohrendorf and thus bear the Kremstal hallmark . A beautiful spot of earth, created for winegrowing. Here, climatic conditions prevail that are essential for the aroma formation and character of the wine. In addition to knowledge, craftsmanship and climate, the condition of the soil is a decisive factor in the creation of great wines. In the Kremstal, loess and conglomerate form the ideal terroir for the typically dry wines for which Austria, as a wine country, is so highly regarded. Philipp and Josef Bründlmayer practice viticulture with a down-to-earth approach and an understanding of tradition. The vineyards that the winery cultivates could not fit better within this philosophy: They are unruly, impassable and want to be worked by hand. But they are also - if left to their own devices and approached properly - an ideal place for those varieties for which this region is so well-known and loved. At Philipp Bründlmayer, wines are allowed to show, in unadorned fashion, where they grew up - without frills and bows and whistles. On 25 hectares, his winery cultivates over 100 different vineyards with a wide variety of microclimates. He does not only bottle wines that are representative of their kind, but also bear his unmistakable signature. With no more than one gram of residual sugar, all wines are particularly dry and thus ambassadors of their region - pure Kremstal.
Teruzzi was established in 1974 in a beautiful place of incomparable interest: San Gimignano, also known as the Manhattan of the Middle Ages because of its profusion of towers. The winery’s inspiration has always been modern, in search of the most innovative solutions to produce the best possible wines. A challenging quest initiated by its founder, whose name it bears, a vintner by passion but an engineer by profession, and now pursued by the Moretti family. Innovation, respect for the terroir and the Tuscan vinicultural traditions: such are the winery’s keywords, which mark the continuity between past, present and future. The bond with its place of origin is powerful, yet dynamic, rooted in history even as it looks ahead to its contemporary valorization. The unfolding of a journey that aims at exalting the heritage of nobility and personality of San Gimignano, along with its most precious resource: Vernaccia.
Tradition at Contadi Castaldi is dynamic and deeply indebted to its roots contributing vivid and contemporary wine styles. The winery’s name refers to the ancient history of the Franciacorta area: during the Middle Ages, the contadi were small counties known for their outstanding agricultural products, while the castaldi were the lords who governed over these counties. Vittorio Moretti and his wife Mariella forged a bond with this noble legacy, initially by purchasing an old abandoned brickyard and the land around it. Contadi Castaldi was established in the late 80s, with the conversion of the brickyard into a winery. Its large spaces and long tunnels where the bricks were fired proved to be the perfect place for ageing Franciacorta vintages and welcoming wine lovers. The vineyards, are capable of providing a vast range of aromas and flavours, that dictate the Contadi Castaldi style. Nature’s gifts are abundant, but it is the human touch that translates the immense resources it provides into wine. Creating a cuvée is essential in order to bring out the very best from each vintage. It is like an orchestra in which each individual musician can give their best performance; the moment when all the ingredients are assembled to form the unmistakable Contadi Castaldi wine. This is how the winery’s Metodo Franciacorta wines receive their unmistakable hallmark, consisting of balance and freshness, vision and local spirit.
Wine Craft, a family tradition The Komjanc winery is located on the Collio hills in a panoramic position. The hilly amphitheater protects Collio from the northern fall winds and proximity to the Adriatic coast ensures a mild microclimate. Climate and soil of sandstone and marl, called "ponca", make this area an ideal place for viticulture and olive growing. The family-run winery was founded by Alessio, whose grandparents were already producing wine in Collio at the end of the 18th century. Today Alessio has four of his sons at his side: Beniamin, Roberto, Patrik and Ivan. They are united by the values of tradition with the aim of producing high quality wine and oil in harmony with nature. The Komjanc vineyards cover 24 hectares. Only the highest quality grapes are processed and express the care that is applied every day in the vineyards. Collio is a vineyard area for excellent wthite wines, especially for the authocthonous Ribolla Gialla, Friulano, Malvasia, Picolit as well as for international varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Traminer Aromatico. Characterful red wines such as Schioppettino, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are also produced. In 2015 started the important collaboration with the oenologist Gianni Menotti, who has signed the last vintages of the company.
The pioneer of organic wine «I love to work in the vines», said Louis Liesch. He was the pioneer in organic viticulture in the Bündner Herrschaft. Of course, he too had started conventionally, as was customary in the 1950s. Louis Liesch helped his father, who carried out specific vineyard work for various farming families in Malans and also cultivated his own vineyard. In 1953 he attended the first part-time viticulture course in Wädenswil; it was the very first training course for winemakers in German-speaking Switzerland. Louis Liesch later worked as a vine master for the von Tscharner family in Chur. In 1957 the young winemaker switched to the canton police. When in 1971 he received the offer to tend the vineyards of the Cottinelli wine house in Malans, he exchanged his official's uniform for the pruning shears. Over time, Louis Liesch was able to lease various vineyards. In 1982 he first bottled wine under his own name. Louis Liesch has been processing his vines and grapes purely organically for 30 years and biodynamically for 25 years. With the Bio Swiss bud and the Demeter label. It was his wife who had urged him to do it. "As the mother of four children, the use of poison in the production of food was always a thorn in my side," says Margrit Liesch. In 2014 the wine magazine “Vinum” named Louis Liesch “Swiss organic winemaker of the year”.
This Wine of Friendship is created in Deidesheim located in the Palatinate right at the german wineroute. Being Friends from schooldays , Maike Heil and Hanns-Georg Hahn from the Deidesheimer Hof focus only on First-Class wines. Riesling deriving from the single layer „ Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker“ gives this First Class quality and connects winelovers all over the world .. This is why Samus-Gallus was also served in the Adlon for the Bundespresseball as well as with Lufthansa to celebrate special occasions. Fine notes of citrus blossom mingle with fruity apple and soft mineralic shades, and balanced freshness makes you enjoy life. We are looking forward to celebrating life with YOU!
Sella & Mosca is an outburst of nature. Its home is in Alghero, an enchanted corner of Sardinia, where it was founded in 1899 by two adventurous men from Piedmont, from whom it takes its name: Sella, an engineer and the grandson of the prominent statesman Quintino Sella, and Mosca, a lawyer. Their exploits continue to possess a pioneering tinge, singular and exemplary. Naturally, large scale adaptation was required to transform what had been vast and uncultivated tracts of land into a winemaking concern: thousands of boulders of all sizes were removed and the wild scrub forest tamed to make room for the vineyards. Finally, a state-of-the-art wine cellar was methodically designed and constructed. Even today, the winery is characterised by this spirit of innovation, driven to express the characteristics of the Sardinian terroir in the best possible way, just as it was conceived by its founders. Sella & Mosca wines are a kaleidoscope of aromas, colours and flavours, see-sawing between past and future. The ultimate expression of a sun-drenched land, strong and well suited to forging unique, charismatic and expressive wines depicting heritage.
The Marchesi di Barolo Estate encompasses vineyards in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato areas: some of the finest in Piedmont, recognized as UNESCO heritage site. The cellars are in the centre of the village of Barolo, right in front of that castle which was once home to the last Marquises Falletti of Barolo – Carlo and Juliette – founders of the winery who first vinified Nebbiolo grapes in a dry style. For this rich and precious grape, Marquise Juliette created magnificent wine cellars to facilitate its fermentation and aging process in large fine oak barrels: Barolo, as we know it today, was born here. When the Falletti dynasty came to an end in 1864 with Marquise Juliette’s death, the winery was donated to the Opera Pia Barolo – a Charity Administration created by Juliette herself – and then acquired in 1929 by the local wine producers Pietro Abbona. Since then, the estate has been under the direction of the Abbonas as their family business. After five generations in the wine business, the mission of the family – today represented by Anna and Ernesto, and their children Valentina and Davide – still consists in knowing how to marry "tradition and evolution”by combining ancient winemaking techniques with the ability to present Barolo in a contemporary way, according to the most authentic and sought-after trends of "Made in Italy" food and winemaking. The Abbonas, equipped with great human and winemaking experience, present themselves and their company “Marchesi di Barolo”, as faithful interpreters of the native grape varieties and their provenance, respecting them and rigorously preserving the typical qualities, focusing on the peculiarities of every single vineyard.
Helen and Martin Schmidt are currently celebrating an anniversary: ten years ago, they took over the historic Kiefer winery in Eichstetten. There was a lot of work to tackle in the winery, which was founded in 1851, but the Schmidts managed to preserve the best of the past - such as the stately wooden barrel cellar - and combine it with the most advanced modern technology, which is evident in the clear structure of their range. Terms like "tradition" and "three-star" are self-explanatory. The fact that the quality is also right is all the more remarkable given the size of the farm: 155 hectares!
In 1974, Giuseppe Mori, Alessandro’s father – the current owner of the wine estate – fell in love with the medieval village of Montalcino, in the province of Siena (the city where the Mori family has its roots) and, in particular, with a small thirteenth-century ancient tower (where ‘marroni’, a special kind of chestnut, were dried, hence the name of the building). He bought the small farm, which offered a wide, sweeping view over the city of Siena and the entire Val d’Orcia. The holding is situated beneath the thirteenth-century church dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) – which gives its name to the small village where Giuseppe planted his first vineyard – on the north-facing side of the hamlet. It was a period of extensive vine growing and wine making had just started in Montalcino (the Wine Consortium had been established only seven years before), which is obviously very different from the vine-cloaked town that visitors see today. Giuseppe’s sons, Andrea and Alessandro, accompanied their father in this adventure and, despite the fact that they continue to follow in his footsteps in the legal profession, every weekend they work in the vineyard. The Mori family planted the first 3,000 square metres of vineyard in 1975, then a large area in 1979, followed by another 9,000 square metres in 1984. These were “trailblazing” years, as Alessandro – who at the time was still attending high school – likes to recall. “Our family did not come from the wine world and, initially, no one thought this ‘hobby’ would become the job of our lives.” explains Alessandro. But the meeting with an almost legendary duo of the Italian wine world, Mario Cortevesio and Giulio Gambelli, sparked off a unique passion in the Mori family and, in particular, in Alessandro. Right from the first meeting, Gambelli made it clear to the young Mori boys that wine is serious business, it’s not just a diversion, but rather a child you raise lovingly. Therefore, harvest after harvest, the passion for this world and the real love for Il Marroneto grew in the two youngsters, especially in Alessandro, who in the meantime graduated and started his professional career. He continues to follow the two activities, being a lawyer and a vigneron, but in the end, the latter prevails. From the first grape harvest in 1976, to the first wine bottling in 1980, right up to today, the history of Il Marroneto and Alessandro’s go hand in hand. Every vintage does not only represent a rainy summer or a windy, harsh winter, but it is also the indelible story of his life. Today, Alessandro, who continues to manage the wine estate’s entire production, is definitely an experienced vigneron, but, as he says, "With still a lot more to learn from my vineyards.", his daily teachers.
History & Family Dr. Max Heger founded Weingut Dr. Heger in 1935 in Ihringen, a small town in the southern Kaiserstuhl region. A country doctor and hobby winemaker, he was passionate about vi&culture and about acquiring prime vineyard sites. Plot by carefully selected plot, each purchase brought the estate one step further from its modest beginnings. The sites he bought remain, even today, at the founda&on of the estate’s success. Son Wolfgang, known by his nickname Mimus, took over the estate in 1949 and de-ly guided Weingut Dr. Heger to the forefront of German winemaking. The estate is today led by its 3rd generation, Geisenheim-trained enologist Joachim Heger and his wife, Silvia. The 4th generation, in the form of adult daughters Katharina and Rebecca, have also set on a course to con&nue the family tradi&on. Rebecca completed her Bachelor's degree in vi&culture and oenology in Geisenheim. She has been working at the Dr. Heger winery since March 2020. Katharina is currently studying interna&onal wine business management at the Heilbronn University. The local climate & soils Weingut Dr. Heger is located in Ihringen, a small town in the southern Kaiserstuhl region of Baden, not far from the French border. This is Germany's warmest region, and the Hegers are proud to call it home. The family name is inextricably bound to the Ihringer Winklerberg, one of the Germany’s most famous vineyards. Extremely steep, extremely warm and extremely stony: that is Winklerberg. The vineyard faces the Belfort Gap and enjoys op&mal condi&ons for expressive, terroir-driven wines. The same can be said of the adjoining Achkarrer Schlossberg. Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder, Weißburgunder and Riesling as well as Silvaner, Muskateller and Gewürztraminer grow here in these volcanic and loess soils. The resul&ng wines are well-structured and characteris&c of the region, with an extraordinarily delicate minerality and elegance.
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