In Ludwig Knoll’s Vinothek: Starting the tour with our first sip of wine at Knoll. From left: Roberta Nemo, restauranteur from Atlanta; Deb Donohoe, distributor rep in Boston; Ken Winn, distributor rep from Chicago; John Hopkins, distributor sales manager from Ohio; Doug Krenik, midwest sales manager for Loosen Bros. USA.
Every year we take a group of our top Loosen Bros. USA (our sole U.S importer) customers to Germany for a week to tour our vineyards and wineries, a few choice restaurants, and some of the vineyards and wineries in our Friends of Ernie portfolio.
Ludwig Knoll in the Stettener Stein vineyard: Ludwig explains how the vineyard work is done is such steep vineyards.
This year was another very fun tour and everyone had a great time. They also even learned a bit about the four regions we visited (Franken, Pfalz, Rheingau and Mosel).
Lura & Matt in Stetten: Lura and Matt Elsen, from Galaxy Wine Co. in Portland, with the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Stettener Stein vineyard behind them in the distance.
You can read all the books you want, but until you see these amazing vineyards in person – and meet the fascinating people who are making the wine – you can never really have a full understanding or appreciation of the work and dedication that goes into it.
View of Würzburg from Weingut am Stein: Looking over the city to the imperial Marienburg palace on the opposite hill.
Plus, we ate and drank a lot.