Christian CALLEC

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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 […]

SENSATIONAL PINOT NOIR FROM AUSTRIA

I´d like to share with you all some great news from Austria, thanks to Susanne Staggl, AWMB press department: Austrian Pinot Noir showed their impressive top class status at an international blind tasting held in Singapore on August 4th. The tasting, which was organised by Michael Thurner, the former general manager of the Austrian Wine […]