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Valdobbiadene (TV), Italy

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.  

Carpineta Fontalpino

Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI), Italy

Carpineta Fontalpino is a winery and farm located in the heart of Tuscany, near the splendid town of Siena. Not far from the winery’s land, the historic Montaperti hill welcomes us in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga, southern outpost of the Chianti Classico denomination. The land we own extends for about 90 hectares (222 acres) that we cultivate with certified organic practices: we grow vines and “Senatore Cappelli” wheat. The vineyards cover an area of 30 hectares (74 acres), with parcels specialized in Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – as well as other selected varietals, such as Petit Verdot and Alicante. Since we are blessed with a strategic position, near the border of different wine areas, we are able to produce both Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, in addition to our Supertuscan IGT. The winery has been in the hands of the Cresti family since the 1960s. Traces of wine-making roots in the area date back up to the 19th century, but it was in 1967 that Italo Cresti, Gioia and Filippo’s father, decided to follow his vocation and turn it into a business, run with love and devotion. Nowadays, Gioia is the enologist of the winery, she takes care of all the aspects of wine-making, from harvest to maturation. She makes the most important choices, and you can find her personal touch on every phase of production. Her brother Filippo manages sales, communication and marketing.

Weingut Hannes Reeh

Andau, Austria

"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.


Deidesheim, Germany

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!

Weingut Friedrich Kiefer

Eichstetten, Germany

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!

Weingut Kurt und Beatrix Hummel

Niederschleinz, Austria

Step by step, Kurt and Beatrix Hummel have turned their small winery into a top operation. The small family-run estate is entirely focused on creating pure drinking pleasure for you, especially with their Grüner Veltliners. They now have also added a reserve line to their wine range. Their initial 3 hectares of vineyards have now grown to 9 hectares: this shows the family’s ambition for growth but still allows them to care for each vine individually. The humus-rich loess soils around tranquil Niederschleinz, together with the Pannonian climate, offer perfect conditions for viticulture. About 70 percent of their vineyards are planted to Grüner Veltliner, the rest is taken up by Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Zweigelt. Kurt Hummel bottles his Grüner Veltliner at five different stages of maturation. He says: "From light, spicy and peppery to full-bodied and powerful – every Veltliner lover will find his style of wine with us!"  Kurt Hummel's flair for wine clearly runs in the family. Daughter Laura graduated from the college for Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuburg and has already left her first mark on her parents' business. The new "BIG FLIGHT Reserve Line" is her creation.

Sella & Mosca

Alghero (SS), Italy

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.


Bad Kreuznach-Bosenheim, Germany

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.

Weingut Hans Rottensteiner

Bozen (BZ), Italy

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.


Verona (VR), Italy

Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine is a historic company producing quality Veneto and Italian wines and a leader in the Italian and international markets. A family passion. Almost a century of history. Founded in 1925 in Verona and born of the love of Famiglia Pasqua for Valpolicella, it tells a story of wine, vineyards and deep roots in the territory. Three generations have always been united by a great passion for viticulture and the production of fine wines, first in Valpolicella and then also on the east coast of Lake Garda and in the most prestigious hills of the Soave denomination. The love and care of the celebrated Amarone and Valpolicella wines, the appassimento technique of drying grapes, typical of the area, have made the company known throughout Italy, and later Europe and the world. If the winery places enormous strategic value to Italy, the drive towards foreign markets, culminating in the foundation of Pasqua USA and Pasqua China, has led the company to be present today in 65 markets. Umberto Pasqua leads the company with his sons Riccardo and Alessandro. The consolidated production value for 2020 amounted to 55 million Euro, with a total of 14 million bottles sold.

Kellerei Kaltern

Kaltern (BZ), Italy

The history of Cantina Kaltern (Caldaro) goes back a long way. It took more than a century for our winery to become what it is today and what it stands for: professionalism, passion, family community, experience and the highest quality standards. Today, Cantina Kaltern is one of the most important wineries in Alto Adige, and Kaltern itself is proud of its reputation as the most popular and well-known wine village in the region. But Kaltern/Caldaro is not only a special place for wine lovers and connoisseurs from near and far. The whole village lives with and from wine. Wine is a daily companion, it gives and makes work, fills residents and winegrowers with pride and is a life's work for many here, which they pursue with great passion - in the vineyard, in the cellar, in gastronomy or in trade. Cantina Kaltern is a large family and has 650 members, most of whom own less than one hectare of land – 0.7 ha on average. They are winegrowers by passion and earn their living mostly with other professions. They cultivate their historic vineyards with great passion. Kaltern owes a piece of its picturesque beauty to them. For the winegrowers, it is not only a pleasure to cultivate and care for the uniquely beautiful winegrowing area around Lake Kaltern/Lago Caldaro, which has grown over centuries, but also an obligation. They want to actively contribute to preserving the natural and cultural landscape. The diverse soils and the entire ecosystem are thus protected and strengthened – and last but not least, quality wines are produced. The wines come from the oldest DOC zone in Alto Adige. They mature in the best sites around Lake Kaltern. They are wines that are produced with a great deal of sensitivity, passion and skill – by a large community, hand-picked and with the most modern cellar technology. The wines of Cantina Kaltern epitomise the relaxed attitude to life on Lake Kaltern.

Weingut Sander

Mettenheim, Germany

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”.

Marchesi di Barolo

Barolo (CN), Italy

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.

Weingut Hiestand

Guntersblum, Germany

“Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise” Martin Luther in 1521 Long before Martin Luther was summoned to the Imperial Diet in Worms to make his case, a farming family from Lake Zürich created their motto "Here I stand" or “Hiestand”, .  their family name, with the same conviction as Martin Luther himself. That was ...  ... IN 1401.  That is more than 600 years of life in harmony with nature. The turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War brought the Hiestands to Rheinhessen and to their vineyard, which has been cultivated since the middle of the 18th century in cellar No. 4, in the Guntersblumer Kellerweg. Today it's up to me: Gunther Hiestand, ...  ... WITH A ROOTED OUTLOOK to run the business. I explore the world with curiosity, be it during my apprenticeship as a winemaker in South Baden, my training as a beverage business administrator in Munich, or my travels through the wine-growing regions of the southern hemisphere. Over time, I have  ... RISEN TO THE OCCASION. AND GROWN just like the vine, which constantly forms new layers of bark, we also grow, connected with nature. Through ecological management, the strength and vitality of our soils unfold to bring life into the vine. We do all this with the single aim of bottling wines made at ..  ... THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP   Wines that are characterized by the microclimate; wines that tell us something of their unique sites; wines that have time and freedom to develop. Wines for lateral thinkers and quality fanatics, wines that have their...  ... HISTORY OF CREATION  which reflect, year after year, all the different facets of the environment. "I can only harvest what comes from heaven and earth into the grape."  KREUZ / KACHELBERG / HAMMERSTEIN  RIESLING / SYLVANER / GEWÜRZTRAMINER  These are the "ingredients" and the whole secret of the HIESTAND wines. 


San Gimignano (SI), Italy

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.

Medici Ermete

Reggio Emilia (RE), Italy

The long history of Medici Ermete begins in 1890 with Remigio Medici, owner of three successful taverns on the Via Emilia, the most important road in the region of Emilia-Romagna. The innkeeper decided to found a winery to enhance the family's vineyards unwittingly setting in motion a long path of success and progress. Now in its fifth generation, the company owns around 80 hectares (over 200 acres) of vineyard plots distributed among the areas of the region with the highest concentration of viticulture, and exports to 70 countries worldwide. OUR MISSION Our vineyards are cultivated following a wholly organic regime and we firmly believe in building a close link between the territory, the grapes and the wines produced. It all begins in the vineyards, with a strict selection of the grapes that guarantees a high and constant quality. A skilful vinification and modern machinery complete the production cycle. For us Lambrusco is an interpreter and ambassador of our territory: Emilia-Romagna. For some time now we have been strengthening our commitment to more sustainable and responsible development: environmental, ethical and economic sustainability. Roots in evolution: looking at the past with respect in order to build the future

Weingut Kopp

Sinzheim, Germany

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

Komjanc Alessio

San Floriano del Collio (GO), Italy

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.  

Weingut Dr. Heger

Ihringen, Germany

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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The Steakhouse

89 Points, Lachen


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