On Friday January 22th, we celebrate Saint-Vincent, patron saint of our dear winemakers. In Europe, this date marks the progressive awakening of the vines, still asleep. Saint-Vincent will make the sap rise in the vine shoot, announcing the start of a new cycle...
Wine Explorers has the chance to work with passionate winemakers, respectful of their terroir. Portrait of six of them.
Young expatriate from Bordeaux, Laurent Pfeffer fell in love with Romania. It was the meetings, the art of living and the undervalued potential of this country that won over the winemaker. His bible? In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, who inspired the name and symbol of Domaine Catleya.
Fancy a great Blaufränkisch? Silvia Heinrich vinifies to perfection this magnificent grape variety, of which she knows all the secrets. She takes care of her vines like her children, accompanying them at every step of growing, allowing them to express their full potential.
Let's meet Paolo Demarie who’s family roots are in Piedmont. Recognized for their work with Barbera and Nebbiolo grape varieties, Paolo and his family excel in the mythical appellations of Barbaresco and Barolo. For Paolo, a 5-year-old Barolo is like a child who begins to speak… a 10-year-old Barolo is like a singer!
Son of a winemaker, Oldřich Drápal walk along the vineyard since his childhood. After his studies in viticulture and oenology, he joined Domaine Sonberk as chief oenologist. "If I chose to be a winemaker, it’s for being able to express all my creativity and above all ... because it is the only job where you’re getting paid to drink good wine! ".
Innovative and avant-gardist, Josip Brkić is the first winemaker in Bosnia and Herzegovina to convert his vineyard to organic and biodynamic. He produces great terroir wines, made from the indigenous Žilavka (white) and Blatina (red) grape varieties. Identity wines, with a unique character! His favorite adjective: loyal.
Vivien Ujvari is a person as discreet as she is talented. Passionate about wine, she has always wanted to make oenology her job. With her diploma in her back pocket, she went into winemaking all over the world. It is in Tokaj, where Furmint is king, that she finally settled down. Vivien's hidden talent? She never leaves your glass empty!
"Each wine is a journey"
And behind each great wine hides a talented winemaker.