Episodes
2021’s first Remstal visit led me to Strümpfelbach, to Andi Knauß. He is also one of those young vintners in this sub-region of Württemberg who represents this wonderful terroir to the World with memorable and distinctive wines. After taking a picturesque vineyard tour, Andi welcomed us in his idyllic home below nearby vineyards, surrounded by newborn sheeps and orchard trees. He told us how working with Austrian Blaufränkisch influenced his Lemberger making, or which grape variety will play...
Published 03/26/21
The first podcast that focuses on one of my favourite regions: Priorat. I had the great chance to connect with the Perinet winery, one of the shining stars in the area, to give insights in their terroir and magical cellar work. Perinet is located in the North-Eastern part of the Priorat region, in the village zone of Poboleda. Perinet’s knowledgeable winemaker Antoni Sánchez-Ortiz, together with Carlota, literally gave a profound masterclass on the region, its characteristic Llicorella soil,...
Published 03/12/21
This episode will take you to the sunny Serralada de Marina Natural Park just 20 minutes North of Barcelona, and your tour guide will be Mireia Pujol-Busquets Guillén from the Alta Alella winery. This family-owned winery has been cultivating this picturesque land organically for about 30 years now, and concentrates on Cavas, natural wines, local grape varieties, in addition to conserving the natural habitat around the avant-garde facilities. We’ve started our virtual tasting with the newest...
Published 02/26/21
As I can’t travel back to my homeland, Hungary, I chose to bring all of you along virtually to the most famous Hungarian terroir: Tokaj. Dorka Homoky is a young vigneron working organically on less than 3 ha that she inherited from her parents near Tállya, in the Western part of the Tokaj region. You can learn about why „every great Furmint has a little Hárslevelű” in it, how Sauternes diverges from Tokaj, why sweet wines become untrendy and how to possibly reverse that, different bedrocks in...
Published 02/12/21
The 45th episode is about a winemaker, whose unforgettable hospitality has started the sparkle in me for the entire Wine Ghosts podcast. But more about that in the podcast. Ivano Cobelli creates memorable wines with his two older brothers about 15 minutes away from Trento, Northern Italy. The organic Cobelli vineyards are less than 5 hectares in size and located on a chalk plain, which is actually very untypical to the region, so it imparts an unmatchable character to their wines. Ivano...
Published 01/30/21
This is the second part of our conversation with Rainer Schnaitmann in his wine castle in Fellbach, Germany. In the first episode, he showed me his world-class Lembergers (aka Blaufränkisch) and Spätburgunders, alongside with some mystical Frühburgunder. This part is designated to his terrific Rieslings, a Loire-like Sauvignon, a stimulating Grauburgunder (what a controversy as a general rule), a PIWI wine, and a serious "funwine" a dry Muskat Trollinger Rosé.As always, you can also watch the...
Published 01/22/21
Since the second lockdown has hit Austria, I’ve been staying in Baden Württemberg again, till the Austrian gastronomy is allowed to serve guests again. But that also means, that I’ve had the great fortune to personally visit another iconic producer of the Rems Valley: Rainer Schnaitmann. So I highly recommend to check out our conversation in its entirety on the Wine Ghosts Youtube channel. Rainer is located in Fellbach, on the Eastern side of the Rems Valley, closer to Stuttgart, thereby...
Published 01/15/21
There is a winery in the tiny village of Pünderich in Germany, at the fringe of the Middle Mosel and the steeper Terassen Mosel, bearing the name of an experienced, benevolent winemaker: Clemens Busch. Mr. Busch started to work organically more than 40 years ago and was one of the founding fathers of the ’first group of organic producers in Germany’, which was the requisite step towards the biodynamic revolution seen amongst some of the best producers in the country these days. The majority...
Published 12/30/20
After getting through only half of our Christmas wine list in the first part of the podcast with Sebastian, we've decided to cover the red wines in this second part. You'll get an idea of what to pair with a lighter red wine like a Lemberger, and how does it differ from pairing a dish with a bold and tannic red ghost like a Priorat or a Barbaresco. As you see on the thumbnail, our beloved ladies also joined us for the last part of the video to share their "sufferings" while living with wine...
Published 12/22/20
The (first) universal Lockdown-Christmas is coming soon. Therefore, not only tasty and professional restaurant dinners are out of the question now, but some isolated souls (including me) left to cook their first Christmas without true chefs this year. To stand a chance of matching something tasty with my wine list for the holidays, I've asked for professional help from my friend Sebastian Giraldo. You will get an idea which wine is the best option to bring to your (allowed) extended family...
Published 12/20/20
Get to know Josef Mantler, a young descendant of a historic winemaking family from the Kremstal region of Austria. In this episode, you’ll get to learn about the loess ruled Kremstal region that flourishes at the meeting point of three other wine regions. Moreover, Josef tells us which varieties thrive on their mostly terraced vineyards, and shares the true legend of the indigenous Neuburger grape. The organic Mantlerhof winery has the oldest records of Roter Veltliner cultivation in the...
Published 12/18/20
Stefan Wellanschitz is a true 'Kolfok' in the wine world. Which means that he doesn't want to chase the prescribed conventional tasting profiles, but rather seeks after the authentic taste of his Mittelburgenland (Austria) terroir as well as the vintage. Stefan is based around the historic wine-growing village of Neckenmarkt, which he describes in the podcast in great detail. He also has at least 50-year-old Veltliner vines, helps Welschriesling shine in his vineyards, creates world-class...
Published 12/12/20
The first Master Sommelier with a Hungarian passport! And my little home country owes this pride to Tamás Czinki, who certainly made history this autumn after 5 years of preparation. In this episode, you can hear Tamás talking about the assiduous road to this great achievement, different study techniques, how to get better at blind tasting, food-wine pairing and much more. Finally, he reveals his future plans after moving back to Hungary, and which bottles would he order before the world...
Published 12/04/20
This time, I had the great fortune to finally talk to Eric Danc, wine importer from the U.S. I first got in contact with Eric when he wrote me a kind e-mail encouraging me to keep up with the podcast. After telling us his colorful way of getting into Eastern European wine importing, he shares valuable insights about his way of looking for authentic producers in places where basically no one speaks English. He also explains how educating buyers could help the cause of elevating lesser-known...
Published 11/19/20
What a great honor to have wine writer, excellent sommelier and Master of Wine: Romana Echensperger on the show. Romana has recently published a world-class book ("Von der Freiheit den richtigen Wein zu machen" - available only in German so far) that gives a thorough introduction to biodynamics and features 12 excellent vintners who are managing their wineries according to biodynamic principles. After listening to this episode, you will certainly get a more in-depth knowledge about...
Published 11/06/20
The 34th Wine Ghosts podcast virtually goes into the Kamptal region of Austria, and hosts Lorenz Allram, the young winemaker behind the Allram wines. Lorenz gives a thorough introduction to the Kamptal terroir, explains the general tasting profiles of the three iconic Lower Austrian regions: Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau. He also shares his take on minerality with us and why old vines are crucial to bring it forth. Lorenz also gives a masterclass on their famous Premier Crus like the Gaisberg...
Published 10/23/20
In this episode, you can hear the secrets behind the Best Rosé of Germany and actually of the world in 2020. I spoke to Frank Dinter and Christian Braunewell from the Braunewell Dinter winery, Rheinhessen, Germany about the origin story of the tasty wine ghost and the vision of making an age-worthy, international top-level Rosé in Germany. The Braunewell Dinter ‘der Rosé’ is an outstanding wine from the packaging till the assemblage and vinification. The gentlemen reveal why the Pinot Noir,...
Published 10/09/20
In this episode, I had the opportunity to talk to a motivated young winemaker, Johannes Fritz, from Austria. The Josef Fritz winery is located in the heart of a lesser-known Austrian wine region: Wagram, which deserves much more international fame than it tends to enjoy. You can listen to Johannes’s thorough introduction to the region, which alone would worth listening to this episode, together with the in-depth portrayal of their flagship grape variety Roter Veltliner. He also talks about...
Published 09/25/20
The 31st podcast episode centers the esteemed Künster Winery from the Rheingau wine region of Germany. Gunter Künstler lavishly showed me a line of his Pinot Noirs from 1999 till the barrel sample of 2019. It was one in a lifetime experience, and proved to me the ageability and complexity of the Rheingau Pinot Noirs. You can also hear the origin history of this elegant grape variety in Rheingau and how it started in Assmanshausen. Mr. Künstler has also revealed his favourite wines and the...
Published 09/11/20
I was lucky enough to record the 30th Wine Ghosts podcast in a classical villa built in 1888, in the picturesque Traisen village, Nahe region, Germany. This proud wine castle is home to the Crusius vintner family that has been making wine for 14 generations now. Rebecca Crusius, one of the youngest members of the family, was kind of enough to host us in their dazzling tasting room for a genuine conversation and an impressive tasting. So if you are in a position to follow up on this podcast in...
Published 08/28/20
The 29th episode hosts Caroline Diel, who is not only an exceptional winemaker, but a lovely host and an inspiring professional. This episode is just a slice of the wonderful experience we were lucky to enjoy at the Diel winery and family home on the 6th of June in Rümmelsheim, Nahe, Germany. The scenery alone, an ancient castle, was breathtaking and majestic. The Burg Layen is in the possession of the Diel family since 1802 and created a captivating setting for our conversation, dinner and...
Published 08/07/20
This episode features the Roterfaden winery, and of course, the lovely couple behind its energetic wines. We spent a wonderful morning with Olympia and Hannes looking over their terraced vineyards and a fairy-tale-like valley North-West of Stuttgart, Germany, on the 31st of May. They are biodynamically cultivating three majestic grape varieties: Lemberger, Pinot Noir and Riesling, which we also tasted during the recording together. Their approach to farming and winemaking is honest,...
Published 07/24/20
This interview was recorded on the 30th of May after we spent a magical afternoon with Sebastian Schiller in the outskirts of Stuttgart. Sebastian is the leader of Germany’s first crowdfounded winery | KSK Vintage Winery | which builds on his inherited vineyards in the Stuttgart-Rohracker area. Sebastian also left us plant some PIWI varieties in his little experimental vine museum before we drank some “Portonic” together between his vines. He also showed us their little “Hütte”/cottage, where...
Published 07/17/20
Today’s episode features Franz Weninger who is an iconic producer who cultivates his land biodynamically on both sides of the Austrian-Hungarian border. Franz described his remarkable terroirs in great depth, justified the importance of various soil qualities and of their health. You can also learn about the effects of the Lake Neusiedl or Fertő on the microclimate, why handwork is essential in the vineyards, the soil differences across the border and how they result in different growing...
Published 07/03/20
The 25th episode features another outstanding wine wizard from Swabia, Baden-Württemberg, Southern Germany. Jochen Beurer’s Rieslings and Lembergers are true benchmarks. Site-specific, terroir-driven, mashed by feet, brought to life by native yeast. The Beurer vines have been cultivated organically since 2004, and then became a leading force in the biodynamic movement in Württemberg. You can learn about various sandstone types like “Schilfsanstein” or “Stubensandstein” and how they affect the...
Published 06/19/20