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The Wine Ghosts Podcast is about giving voice to passionate professionals in the wine industry. All content has been created with the pure passion of the sommelier behind the site: Máté Vass

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The Wine Ghosts Podcast is about giving voice to passionate professionals in the wine industry. All content has been created with the pure passion of the sommelier behind the site: Máté Vass

E-Mail me: info@wineghosts.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wineghosts/

Website: https://www.wineghosts.com/

    Ep. 62. / Nobel wines from a Baron (Longo)

    Ep. 62. / Nobel wines from a Baron (Longo)

    Anton Longo is a motivated young man who took over historic vineyards to produce world class wines in Alto Adige. During our hours long visit I´ve had the impression that this gentleman has well-defined goals with his wines, with his line-up and he wants his Baron Longo label to be among the bests in the world.

    In my humble opinion, he deserves our attention as he is on a good path to leave a mark on his region. We've talked about his favourite variety, we drank his flagship and painfully limited wines. At the end of the tasting, I even started to like Lagrein…

    Unfortunately, you can hear my mechanical watch ticking in the background (till 3:46), which I’ve tried to cover with some pleasant tones probably with only mild success. I promise that I won’t wear it again for a recording.

    at 12:03 - I've said Chardonnay for the cuvée Liebenstein (Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc), I'm sorry for the possible confusion. (and for the swearing, but it is REALLY TASTY!) 

    CONTENT:

    11:48 - Liebenstein

    15:47 - Father’s conditions, the BIG START

    18:29 - Alto Adige terroir & Climate change & PIWI

    22:48 - Varietal focus & Favourite wines

    32:50 - Biodynamics

    36:26 - Chardonnay Langenstein and cellar work

    44:05 - Label design & the walk in the darkness

    46:01 - Future plans

    48:16 - Sauvignon Urgestein

    54:30 - If not Südtirol, where then?

    1:00:38 - More Lagrein like this, please!



    Guest: Anton Longo | Baron Longo Winery

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep.61. / Sustainability: Future or Green Washing? Interview with F. Rosner from 'Sustainable Austria'

    Ep.61. / Sustainability: Future or Green Washing? Interview with F. Rosner from 'Sustainable Austria'

    As I've already had some guests on the show, who had a strong opinion about different approaches to farming and certifications, I've decided to highlight the topic of sustainability in this episode. Although sustainable certifications don't enjoy the glorious reputation of the biodynamic or even organic ones, I think it deserves our attention and understanding. For this reason, I invited Mr. Franz Rosner, research coordinator at the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production in the Austrian Klosterneuburg.

    He spoke on behalf of the 'Sustainable Austria' label, which is a national certification, specializing in viticulture. He told me how sustainability is a more holistic approach, not only focusing on agriculture, and how this approach is considering for example CO2 emissions or energy usage as well. He elaborated on why winemakers should go for both sustainable and organic certification at the same time, and how growers could use their set of numerous criteria for self-development year by year. Fascinating topic and an eye-opening conversation.

    And I can certainly recommend this episode to fellow WSET Diploma students who might write their D6 assignment about the topic of sustainability. Thanks for listening and leave your feedback via Instagram or E-mail, enjoy!



    1:42- Introduction to Sustainability

    3:24 - 3 pillars and criteria for Sustainability

    10:25 - The final goal of the certification and the sustainable effort

    13:04 - Organic VS Sustainable Certification

    16:29 - The future of Certifications and criteria

    22:35 - How are the criteria created?

    23:26 - What is 'Integrated Pest Management'?

    27:38 - Green House Gas Importance

    32:17 - Final Message



    Guest: Franz Rosner | Sustainable Austria |

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    • 33 min
    Ep.60. / Pfitscher bottles Alpine freshness with golden ripeness!

    Ep.60. / Pfitscher bottles Alpine freshness with golden ripeness!

    After a long break, the 60th episode will feature one of my favourite wineries: Pfitscher out of Montagna, Alto Adige. All of the Pfitscher wines carry a fresh Alpine DNA with a perfect ripeness, finesse and precision. My guest was Daniel Pfitscher, the main face of the estate, whose family started making wines in the middle of the 19th century in the leading white wine region of Italy. He will introduce us to his homeland, how his team achieves crispiness together with excellent ripeness at the same time in their vineyards and cellar, you can also learn the secret of the 92 years old grandpa who still an active member of the team, you'll get to hear THE RED VARIETY of the region with some food-pairing tips. And as always, much more! Unfortunately, the sound quality is not the best, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of hearing the essence of the exceptional Pfitscher wine ghosts, so enjoy!



    Timeline:
    2:06 - The Essence of the Alto-Adige Region

    6:17 - USP of Alto-Adige

    9:24 - Soil in Alto-Adige

    12:09 - Montagna and the Pfitscher areas

    16:04 - The Pfitscher winemaking family

    18:58 - Structure of the winery, flagship wines and grape varieties

    21:54 - Winemaking and élevage for different wines

    26:21 - Organics and Casa Clima for sustainability

    31:40 - Lagrein and Vernatsch

    34:42 - Lighter Red wine trends

    37:21 - Wine pairings tips for the portfolio

    41:34 - Look into the future

    43:04 - Marvellous Architecture of the winery and reasons for a visit!



    Guest: Daniel Pfitscher | Pfitscher Winery |

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    • 46 min
    WAH #8 | Lanzarote Terroir & Puro Rofe' Rofe 2018

    WAH #8 | Lanzarote Terroir & Puro Rofe' Rofe 2018

    In this episode, you can learn about the wine ghosts of a volcanic island: Lanzarote. I got the chance to taste Puro Rofe's white cuvée from the island: Rofe. Since I'm a big fan of volcanic wines, I was utterly excited to get my hands on this exciting wine ghost made by those young, venturesome winemakers. 

    Let me know what you think of the episode and the wine via e-mail or Instagram!



    Terroir: Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

    Wine: Puro Rofe Rofe 2018

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    • 8 min
    WAH #7 | Maremma Terroir & Amphiarao Rosso Toscano Vicchiomaggio 2018

    WAH #7 | Maremma Terroir & Amphiarao Rosso Toscano Vicchiomaggio 2018

    Chianti is probably known to everybody who shows a healthy interest in Italian wines. This time, we stay in Tuscany, and go to the Maremma region to taste the Amphiarao cuvée from Castello Vicchiomaggio.



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    • 5 min
    Ep.59. / 4G Wines Bottles The Best Wine Of The Southern Hemisphere?!

    Ep.59. / 4G Wines Bottles The Best Wine Of The Southern Hemisphere?!

    The winery came into my radar in the fall of 2021, as I got to taste their two mesmerizing wines: the 2015 vintage of the G, the current vintage of the estate's top wine, and its little brother: the 2013 Echo of G. Well, they took my breath away! Not only the bewitching taste of the juice but the alluring presentation of the wines as well. You can read my tasting notes under my Instagram post from last September. After that, I was keen to talk to the masterminds behind this captivating venture, and so we could finally schedule this episode this January. So please enjoy our conversation with Vanessa and Philipp from the 4G Wines!
    0:00 - Introduction
    3:32 - The idea of the winery and what makes South Africa special
    10:09 - Starting with the winery and how the best vineyards were chosen?
    14:47 - Meticulous Precision & Wine Style
    18:16 - Where are the parcels located & specific terroir
    21:25 - Playing with Gs
    24:11 - Describing the portfolio & Special Marketing Tactics
    28:43 - Gesamtkunstwerk & Absolut Perfection in Packaging
    34:35 - Vinification & Wine Making Techniques
    40:45 - Future Plans & Distribution

    | Guest: Vanessa & Philipp Axt | 4G Wines
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    • 49 min

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