Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Prosecco Spumante Superiore di Valdobbiadene, DOCG, "Lunatico" Biowein, Azienda Agricola Francesca Rizzo

A unique sparkling wine, pleasantly refreshing, lively, very precise, clear, clean with fragrances of white wildflowers, citrus fruit and green apples. Very fine and sophisticated on the palate with fresh fruity aromas. Excellent as an aperitif, with  hors d'oeuvre, light dishes or just for fun. 

Azienda Agricola Francesca Rizzi

This is only a tiny vineyard that was part of Francesca’s family weekend house while they lived in Venice. 15 years ago Francesca started to cultivate the vines in her own way, which means organically without the use of chemicals and artificial fertilizers. The house and the vineyard are on the hilltop overlooking the plains of Veneto where the lower priced wines (less work, higher yields, less quality) are produced. The vineyard itself is far away from the others and separated by its altitude, trees and bushes, so it can’t be polluted. This is exactly what we are looking for and how we interpret organic farming. The vineyard is difficult to access and hard to work in because the slopes are so steep that no machines can be used. Unless one can see the natural surroundings and taste the result of Francesca’s way of working, one would think of the adjective “loony”, but this is not what Francesca intended to express by calling her prosecco “ Lunatico”. In order to produce Lunatico, many of the procedures from planting to pruning, harvesting and bottling are carried out under the influence of certain phases of the moon, and this is why the moon can be also seen on the labels of the prosecco bottles.

This is Bob Tyrer's verdict about the Lunatico, published in the Sunday Times on November 2011: “Lunatico is the best prosecco I have ever come across – so much more refreshing and lovely than the three champagnes I tasted alongside it.”

Erich Hartl

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Organicwinepure turns 30 in March

In retrospect, we would not want to have missed any part of the 30 years we have spent as importers and merchants of organic wine, especially since we were the first ones in Germany to make a deliberate decision, based on our convictions, in favor of organically produced wines.

During this time we have had to make several adjustments to altered circumstances. We started out as wholesalers and turned into retailers with two shops in Tübingen and Karlsuhe, and for some years most of our turnover has been from the mail-order business.

What impressed us in particular was the direct personal contact to all of our vintners, many of whom were real characters with personality as well as a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for their profession. We were able to learn a great deal from them and to gain valuable experience. Some of these vintners became good friends during this time. We would like to thank all of them sincerely for their friendship and their cooperation and for the trust they placed in us.

However we would not be able to celebrate our 30-year anniversary without all those customers who have remained loyal to us throughout the years. Thus we do really want to say a special thanks to all those customers who have been with us for so many years, but of course  to those of you as well who have not been purchasing our organic wines for quite such a long time. We are pleased to receive each and every order, and also pleased to have the personal contact to some of you, even if it is only a few words on the telephone, a short feedback by e-mail or on facebook. We would like to thank you for this as well.

We invite you to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Biowein(pur) with us. We think you will find some of our special offers very interesting and will be surprised at the reasonable prices. These are top-quality organic wines produced by vintners who have been a part of this from the very beginning and are pioneers in the field of organic winegrowing. However our range of products also includes wines from those who joined us at a later date, giving organic viticulture a broad basis. Our special anniversary offers will be available starting in mid-March at or

Erich Hartl