Wine Masters: Germany & Austria

Wine Masters: Germany & Austria

Wine Masters: Spain

Wine Masters Documentaries are unique independent cinematic documentaries about Terroir, Taste & Tradition.

In each documentary in-depth stories of famous wine regions are told by leading wine families and recognized wine critics.

In Wine Masters: Germany & Austria, we we visit four wine regions where we discover their most famous grape varieties and their territories.

With the help of each region’s most prestigious wine producer, the viewer learns about the personal drive and family stories the origins and history of the best grape varieties, terroirs, and wines.

                • Mosel, Germany; The Loosen Family

                • Baden, Germany; The Heger Family

                • Burgenland, Austria; The Kracher Family

                • Wachau, Austria; The Hirtzberger Family

All these passionate winemakers have something in common: they run renowned family businesses. The family members share their ways of collaboration, task division, keeping the family legacy going and worries about succession.

Masters of Wine Anne Krebiehl and Stuart Piggott give their honest, authentic and critical opinions about each region, grape variety, terroir, wine and producer. They will also explain why certain wines are so valuable, what makes them and the terroirs so unique and how the interested wine drinker can make the best choice wine-wise.

Genre: Documentary, Food & Drink

Duration: 5 x 50mins


Mosel: When you say Mosel, you say Riesling. Wines from this noble grape variety grown in the beautiful Mosel valley in southeastern Germany can age for many decades. Riesling covers the entire spectrum of white wine: from the honey sweet Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) to the super dry Grosses Gewächs (GG) and everything in between. The Loosen family has been growing Riesling in the Mosel valley for over 200 years. Ernst “Erni” Loosen greatly improved the quality and recovered the international reputation of the Mosel region, and Riesling in general. Today, Erni is one of the most iconic and influential winemakers in the world.

Baden: Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder and Spatburgunder. These names say it all, these grapes are related. In Baden, the hottest region in southwestern Germany, the Heger family has been growing German versions of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir on the terraces of the beautiful and majestic Kaiserstuhl for three generations. A stump of several old volcanoes between the Vosges and the Black Forest that give the grapes their best expression. The fourth generation, 2 young daughters, have been eager to take over the winery since their teenage years and have already divided the tasks among them.

Burgenland: The land around the shallow lakes of Burgenland is the ideal environment for the Kracher family to make stunning noble sweet wines out of grapes infected by noble rot. Gerhard Kracher learned the craft of winemaking at an accelerated pace and at a very young age while his father was terminally ill. Meanwhile, Gerhard’s white wines have been rated super high over and over again. Now he also makes red wines with the famous Blaufränkisch grape.

Wachau: The Austrian Hirtzberger family has put the Wachau on the quality wine map. Three generations of Franz Hirtzberger have turned Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes into wines that can be enjoyed for decades to come. Grandfather Hirtzberger managed to protect the area from devaluation and father Hirtzberger faced a major challenge: both of his sons wanted to take over the winery, but both wanted to be the winemaker. How was he going to solve this?

Languages: German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian

Rights: Inflight & Transportation – Worldwide

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