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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.

Il Marroneto

Montalcino (SI), Italy

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.

Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer

Grunddorf, Austria

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.

Hattingley Valley Wines

Alresford, Great Britain

Simon Robinson, Hattingley’s founder, had always wanted to make something that was quintessentially British. When he heard a radio programme in 2000 on the rapidly developing English wine scene his Hattingley adventure began. With family encouragement, he decided to turn over 25 acres of chalky, south sloping fields to vineyards in pursuit of his dream. Simon also recognised the need for an expert winemaker and discovered Emma Rice who joined the team at the end of 2008. In 2010 Hattingley completed the build of an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art winery in time for their first vintage. Now with over a 600 tonne capacity they have over 100 awards to date and three ‘World Champion’ trophies in the cabinet; they are one of the most respected producers of English sparkling wines in the country. All of their wines are also Vegetarian & Vegan friendly.

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.

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.  

Samus-Gallus

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!

Di Giovanna

Sambuca Di Sicilia (AG), Italy

Celebrating 25 years (1997-2022) of certified organic viticulture & winemaking in Sicily. Often when we talk about Sicily, we think of long sunny stretches of seaside vineyards. This isn't the case at Di Giovanna, an oasis of biodiversity inside the mountains of the Monte Genuardo Nature Reserve. The family's viticulture tradition dates back five generations. In the 1980s, when the family vineyards were consolidated and replanted, Barbara and Aurelio Di Giovanna, with sons Gunther and Klaus, began their journey towards quality viticulture. Today the Di Giovanna brothers, adept and profoundly dedicated to their land, are assisted by Gianfranco Zito, who takes care of the winemaking operations. The five family vineyards are located in the small DOC’s of Contessa Entellina (Palermo) and Sambuca di Sicilia (Agrigento), in the heart of the Terre Sicane. The white varietals include: Grillo, Catarratto, Zibibbo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Viognier and the red varietals: Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Syrah, Merlot. The wine cellar, constructed in 2003, is home to the entire vinification process from the grape to the bottle. It's centrally located between the five family vineyards to ensure the highest quality control. Their white, rosè and red wines are united an expressive yet elegant character. They are crafted with an artisanal philosophy and preserves a strong identity of territory. All of Di Giovanna wines are 100% estate produced and bottled, certified organic. The annual production is 250,000 bottles.

Tasca d’Almerita

Palermo (PA), Italy

A blueprint for the next two centuries For almost two centuries, Tasca d’Almerita, one of Italy’s oldest and most renowned wine-families, has been based at the Regaleali estate, in Sicily’s rural heartland. But its past is a dynamic one. Even before Tenuta Regaleali was recognized as a “model farm” in the 1854 Sicilian Agricultural Yearbook, Tasca d’Almerita was an innovator. In eight generations, the company has never ceased to challenge itself. Today, Alberto Tasca carries forward into the future their family’s dedication to quality and passion for innovation and research. They have extended and enriched this legacy with a focus on environmental sustainability, rooted in the company’s patient curatorship of the land. Tasca d'Almerita is one of the founding members SOStain, Sicily's Alliance for Sustainable Winegrowing and Winemaking. It commits its partners to sustainable policies and a series of environmental criteria which go well beyond the usual requirements of organic certification. Alberto also piloted Tasca d’Almerita’s expansion from its historic heart of Regaleali to other sites of Sicilian oenological excellence: from Tenuta Tascante on Mount Etna to Tenuta Capofaro on the Aeolian Islands, from Sallier de la Tour in the Monreale area to Tenuta Whitaker on the Phoenician island Mozia. On these five estates, sustainable practices are enacted via a mix of modern technology and the scientific application of age-old wisdom; photovoltaic cells produce over one third of energy consumed, hives of Sicilian Black bees pollinate the vines, hybrid vehicles ferry workers around the estates, etc. For Tasca d’Almerita this is all about a search for purity and a return to a more artisanal approach to winemaking, to a renewed focus on lightness, freshness and elegance in Sicilian wine culture.

Roxanich Winery & Restaurant

Motovun, Croatia

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.

Contadi Castaldi - Terra Moretti

Adro (BS), Italy

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.

Weingut Sander

Mettenheim, Germany

The winery was farmed organically when this was still completely new territory; grandfather Ottoheinrich Sander is one of the pioneers of organic viticulture. His grandson submitted fascinating wines in every respect: Great white and red reserves. In addition, the winery cultivates old vines that were rediscovered only a decade ago such as Grünfränkisch, known since ancient times, and Fränkischer Burgunder, a local variety from the time of Charlemagne. A stunning debut in our guide: The rating starts with three stars and the fourth is not far away!

Franz Haas

Montan (BZ), Italy

Here at Franz Haas, wine has been produced since 1880 and the winery has been passed down through generations to the first-born child of the family, who is always called Franz. Today's winemaker, Franziskus Haas, represents the seventh generation of the family. Nowadays, the winery works with grapes sourced from 55 hectares of vineyards, all cultivated in a sustainable and nature-oriented fashion. The vineyards are located in Montagna, as well as in the surrounding areas of Egna, Aldino, and Trodena at different altitudes between 220 and 1.150 meters. Far beyond national borders, Franz Haas stands out for his high altitude viticulture, as several hectares at high altitudes were rented in 2000 due to progressive climate change. After twenty years, this choice has proved to be forward-looking, given the excellent results. At 1.150 meters, the vineyard in Aldino is one of the highest sites in South Tyrol. Another distinctive feature setting Franz Haas apart is the connection with the artist Riccardo Schweizer, who created the labels and whose artistic career was linked to famous artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Cocteau, Paul Éluard, and Le Corbusier. Maria Luisa Manna gave those labels to Franz as a token of good fortune for his wines.

Andreola

Farra di Soligo (TV), Italy

“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.

Korrell

Bad Kreuznach-Bosenheim, Germany

Martin Korrell wines are synonymous with being well-structured and perfectly balanced - his Rieslings and Pinots are all cast from the same mould. This consistency and balance runs through the entire collection and underlines why the winery is one of the most dependable on the Nahe. Traditionally, the Riesling from Bad Kreuznach's Paradies site is at the top of the range with its elegant fruitiness and savouriness. Similarly, the Riesling from the Norheimer Kirschheck, the oldest documented vineyard on the Nahe, ranks just as highly and particularly impressed us with its minerality.

Weingut Kopp

Sinzheim, Germany

Things are really on the move at Johannes Kopp‘s winery! The construction of a new building that will house the winery and its own eatery is progressing, with completion scheduled for September 2022. At the same time, the conversion to biodynamic farming is underway too and the winemaker is planning to breed Scottish Highland cattle. How marvellous that the wine has not been neglected. On the contrary: The 2018 Felsenstück Spätburgunder is outstanding, and the basic 2018 Spätburgunder is captivating with a sensational price-performance ratio. Congratulations on the fourth star!

Louis Liesch Bioweinbau

Malans GR, Switzerland

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”.

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

Pasqua

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.

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La Brea

89 Points, Zürich

Landgasthof Wartegg

89 Points, Müllheim-Wigoltingen

Hasenburg

89 Points, Basel

dasRestaurant im Seepark Thun

93 Points, Thun

The location on the lake is unique and the cuisine offers an unforgettable dining experience, that is the restaurant in Thun's Seepark. With ingenuity, passion and exquisite products, the young, ambitious Dominik Sato creates masterfully accomplished dishes, seemingly created with ease.

Belle Epoque

88 Points, Spiez

Le Sauvage

88 Points, Freiburg

The Steakhouse

89 Points, Lachen

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