At the Abril winery, the largest organic wine estate in the South Baden town of Kaiserstuhl, there is a real sense of new beginnings. Since 2015 the three young wine experts, Eva-Maria Köpfer, Sebastian Faber and Daniel Hank, have been at helm of this 270 year old winery. Their starting capital is considerable: 20 hectares of premium land under rigorously organic vine cultivation as well as a new estate building with multiple award-winning architecture and state-of-the-art cellar technology. However, just being “organic” is not enough for the young winemakers. Abril already boasts largely vegan wines in its range. And in future the Abril wines with an emphasis on red and wine Burgundies will be even more terroir-focused. For this cellar manager Hank looks here to the old wine yeast “Yeast 1895”, also called Sleeping Beauty Yeast. This produces authentic wines with a clear line and typical aromas of the relevant grape variety. Abril has also adopted its own path when it comes to classifying its wines – differentiating here between maturing styles that it calls “Frucht” (fruit), “Stein” (stone/mineral) and “Zeit” (time/reserve).
Weingut Abril GbR Am Enselberg 1 79235 Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen Deutschland
Wake up with Brixius!
Manuel is 34 years young – and already a Riesling expert. He grew up among vines in his family’s winery in Maring on the river Mosel. Later he studied winemaking and oenology in the international wine city of Geisenheim in the historic Rheingau area. At the winery of American Riesling pioneer Hermann J. Wiemer in the State of New York he learned even more about the multiple faces of Riesling. Now he is back home in the family business and besides producing typical Mosel Riesling he spends his time with new ideas. He has combined the aromatic and flavourful worlds of coffee and wine – Brixius wakes you up!
Weingut Brixius-Böllinger Moselstr. 33 54484 Maring-Noviand, Deutschland
Eddie McDougall is the Chinese/Australian winemaker behind THE URBAN PROJECT, Hong Kong’s only urban winery. By scouting fruit from around the world, freezing it at the source and maintaining atmospheric shipping conditions, he has managed to produce wine in the heart of his hometown, amidst the 9 million inhabitants of Hong Kong. He also has found time to produce and host TLC’s successful TV show: The Flying Winemaker.
The Flying Winemaker is also the name of his PR & Events company dedicated solely to wine. Headquartered in Asia, it produces content and promotes brands to consumers and trade channels like no other. Its projects include Rosé Revolution Asia, The Asian Wine Review and more. Talk to them today!
The Flying Winemaker 604-605 Yu Yuet Lai Building 43-55 Wyndham Street Hong Kong, Central, China / Sonderverwaltungsregion Hongkong
Vienna is the only metropolis that grows wine within its city limits. The Gemischter Satz, a mixed field blend consisting of at least three different varieties grown in a single vineyard, is the favourite and most famous wine from Vienna. Brothers Alexander & Stefan are 10th generation winemakers and part of a new movement in viticulture in Vienna. In their pursuit of creating real and pure wines they have handcrafted Vienna’s first skin-fermented Gemischter Satz. Both brothers are not scared of venturing on unknown paths, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they have also planted and produced Vienna’s first, and very successful, red Gemischter Satz.
Weingut Fuchs-Steinklammer Jesuitensteig 28 1230 Wien, Österreich
Try to forget everything you know about wine! Try to unlearn the thousands of protected wine Designations of Origin and the complex and demanding service standards. Forget traditions and forget that we are talking about the liquid which represents the blood of Christ at church. Do you enjoy revolutions? Then you will love Gik, the blue wine that wine connoisseurs don’t want you to try.
GIK Live Blue Wine Maria Diaz De Hard 68, T4 48920 Portugalete, Spanien
“Why Pinocchio? Because it is a piece of wood that comes to life. Just like the hero in Collodi’s novel. But in this case it is not a wooden puppet. But a bottle. A wooden one.
We followed the story of a lifeless piece of wood that comes to life, and at the end the fulfillment of a dream. Maturity-aging that only comes through everyday experiences. Good and bad, actions of which we are proud and others that we would like to delete. All this has made us what we are today. This is Pinocchio Barrique…. A real boy!”
San Vigilio Ltd. 211 Business Centre 52 Upper St. Islington N1 0QH London, Großbritannien / Nordirland
Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, spreads from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa. This land is a country of mystery and legends where wine and alphabet were revealed to man and where the ancients grew vines more than 3000 years ago. Located in the hinterland of the Hellenistic city of Laodicea – the modern Syrian city of Lattakia – and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during the Greco-roman era. The Johnny R. Saadé family created Domaine de Bargylus to revive this vineyard that was planted by the Romans 2000 years ago and to honour this ancient terroir. Although surrounded by a rude environment and extreme working conditions, Bargylus carries on its production, a real symbol of perseverance.
General & Commercial Management: Domaine de Bargylus Burotec Building Pasteur Street – Saifi, Beyrouth – Lebanon, Beirut
A free range brewery from Hamburg! As a startup craft brewing company, we aim to shake up the market by creating outstanding craft beer. This way we make beers with an inherent tangy explosion that only normally accompanies great wines. To achieve this, our hop varieties are grown and cropped around the globe. Dry hopping and special yeast strains lend uniqueness to our creations. In addition to our core range, we regularly brew limited edition craft beer for your (and to our) delight. Working closely with a Hamburg-based distillery, we draw the finest aromas out of Ale Primeur to condense them in our GLASKLAR beer spirit. Archetypally rich in fruity aromas, taste bud-tickling and extremely soft. VON FREUDE is Bottled Joy. Est. 2013.
Wahnsinn UG (haftungsbeschränkt) von Freude Tarpenbekstr. 143 20251 Hamburg, Deutschland
Thokozani means ‘celebration’ – a more appropriate name for a story about generosity, hope, inspiration, dedication and “upliftment” is hardly possible. Thokozani has its own wine brand and guesthouse which are 80% owned by the staff. Thokozani is based and cultivated on the prestigious Diemerfontein Wine & Country estate in Wellington, South Africa, in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The commitment of proud owners David and Susan Sonnenberg of Diemersfontein to developing their employees’ family wealth and skills formed the basis for their vision to create a partner company that would facilitate their aspirations in a way that embraces the principals of true “upliftment” and Black Economic Empowerment. Thokozani became the first and only BEE company to sign an exclusivity agreement with the Major Retailer WOOLWORTHS in South Africa and was awarded the overall winner at the Chamber of Commerce for most successful Transformation Business in South Africa. The Managing director of Thokozani Denise Stubbs was elected to represent the staff, who has an 80% shareholding in Thokozani, as a Director and has held this position since 2008. It was always her passion to plough back into the “black” community.