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HANNES SABATHI WEINGUT: STYRIAN TERROIR & BURGUNDIAN PASSION (2)

HANNES PHILOSOPHY I am sure one could write a whole book about Hannes philosophy. I will just refer to a few quotes and to his new, self-designed, wine labels. Just look at his logo, it is pretty obvious what Hannes wants to tell us: “The Earth makes the wine… it is the soil that makes [...]

HANNES SABATHI WEINGUT: STYRIAN TERROIR & BURGUNDIAN PASSION (1)

Some weeks before the festive season, I received a nice message from Bettina Bäck (Wine & Partners). She wrote me about HANNES SABATHI, a 31 years old Styrian winemaker, whose wines (at least a couple of them) just had been introduced in the Netherlands. As I knew the importer, VINITES, and the talented wine buyer [...]

TASTING THE WORLD IN MORE THAN 700 WINES (2)

Three days long, the small city of Waddinxveen was the Dutch wine capital. More than 1100 visitors defied the very early autumn storm and found their way to the safe and cosy event hall of the WORLD WINE DAYS… More than 100 wine producers from all over the world were presenting more than 700 wines [...]

SPRING IN AUSTRIAN NIKOLAIHOF

Good news from our Austrian friends in the Wachau valley, the Saahs family from Nikolaihof. Spring is in the air, there too; blossoms in the yard are filling the air with tender colours and subtle smells while birds are singing their spring love chants… The 2010 vintage is ready to enjoy. The wines are elegant, [...]

AUSTRIAN HARVEST 2010 LOWEST IN 20 YEARS?

The Austrian 2010 harvest is expected to deliver one of the lowest yields in nearly 20 years. According to Statistik Austria, figures as of the end of October are pointing to a total volume of 1.76 million hectoliters, which is approximately 30% lower than the average annual yield of 2.5 million hl. The Austrian Viticulture [...]