Armed with a PhD in viticulture from the University of Odessa, Dr. Konstantin Frank came to New York State in 1951 ready to teach winemakers about a flaw in their growing techniques. Working in the Geneva Experiment Station at Cornell University, Frank tested his methods based on his thesis on growing in cold climates. He suggested to New York winemakers that they plant traditional European grapes (Vitas Vinifera) rather than Euro-American hybrid grapes… this idea was scoffed at and dismissed. Frank went at it alone starting Vinifera Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes. Sixty years later, many wineries in the region have adopted his growing techniques, while his wines continue to earn great successes. In 2001 Vinifera Cellars won New York’s first “Winery of the Year Award” under the direction of his son, Willie Frank. Konstantin Frank passed away in 1985, but his cool … [Full Article]
“It sloweth age, it strengtheneth youth, it helpeth digestion, it abandoneth melancholie, it relisheth the heart, it lighteneth the mind, it quickenth the spirits, it keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from snaffling, the teeth from chattering and the throat from rattling; it keepeth the stomach from wambling, the heart from swelling, the hands from shivering, the sinews from shrinking, the veins from crumbling, the bones from aching, and the marrow from soaking.”
Quote translated by Joseph Lyons, the 10th Prime Minister of Australia
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The winery Sprecher von Bernegg in Jenins, located in the heart of the Grisons, is family owned since the 17th century. 2008 Jan Luzi has taken over the small 3 ha vineyard. Having studied business administration Jan changed his career and gained his oenological knowledge at the university of Wädenswil and gained his experience during various internships in Switzerland and arround the world.
His main focus is on the for this region typical grape variety Pinot Noir – 80% of the grapes used come from this noble plants. The terroir climate and soil provide the perfect conditions. In addition to his complexe Pinot Noir well structured Pinot Blanc and the indigenous grape completer is grown.
Since the vineyards have different characters, two different types of wine are vinified separately matured and filled. The Pinot Noir from Linden Wingert is an elegant fruity red wine. 6 months matured in used Burgundy barrels … [Full Article]
55 wine producers – 1 winemaker
Established in 1938, the Weinbaugenossenschaft Mels consists of 55 passionate freelance winemakers. With 10 farming hectares of vineyards, the plots are most often for generations in the family. Eight of those hectares are planted with Pinot Noir grapes, and the rest a mix of specialties including Riesling-Sylvaner, Chardonnay, Regent and Gamaret. The vineyards are located on the slopey hills between Holy Cross and the foot of Sargans Gonzen and are protected by the slopes of Nidbergs. One winemaker – Anton Bardellini – ensures that from these individual products a great wine is produced. Bardellini knows how to adapt to the rhythm of nature. The wines made here are excellent. Bardellini received a gold award for his Pinot Noir Barrique in 2013 at the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse. No surprise that the wines served at wedding receptions taking place in the same building are mostly … [Full Article]
All in one place
At the Marugg family winery in Polish you can find everything in one place. Step into one of their various vineyards located on the edge of the historical village of Fläsch. The Marugg Winery is home to the oldest Fläscher Torkel, dating back to 1691 and offers a glimpse into the work of their ancestors who operated in viticulture and agriculture. The room is no longer used for pressing grapes; rather now it is used for hosting events, wine tastings and meals. In the new wine cellar you can watch owner Christian Marugg and his son Jürg produce wine with the most modern technology and old proven processes. Among other wine awards, the Marugg Pinot Noir Barrique 2010 has received several acclamations at two different tastings including second best Swiss Pinot Noir and the Marugg’s Vintage 2006 received a silver medal.
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