Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico crowns first Chianti Classico Ambassador in Germany

On Wednesday 23rd June, Consorzio vino Chianti Classico named Sebastian Wöll of Feinkost Käfer in Münich as Ambassador of Germany after a three-stage competition to demonstrate depth of knowledge and communication skills.  

In September 2020, wine professionals from across Germany, were invited to participate in an online exam to assess their knowledge of the Chianti Classico region and its wines. The eight highest-scorers were invited to attend the in-person final on 23rd June to undergo a blind tasting exam judged by Chianti Classico ad honorem ambassador Jens Priewe, Chianti Classico expert, Steffen Maus and President of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, Giovanni Manetti. 

After having assessed four wines blind, the three highest-scorers, Domenico Durante, Andrea Vestri and Sebastian Wöll were invited to the final assessment: an oral exam to evaluate their expertise knowledge of the area and capacity to communicate their passion and enthusiasm for the region. 

The judges, together with Giovanni Manetti, President of Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, announced that Sebastian Wöll was crowned the first Ambassador of Chianti Classico in Germany during a gala dinner held at one of Munich’s Michelin-starred restaurant Der Schwarzreiter. 

Giovanni Manetti shaking hands with Sebastian Wöll, Germany's first Chianti Classico Ambassador

(Credits : Abbie Louise Photo) 

As Chianti Classico Ambassador, Sebastian Wöll will spend a week in Tuscany in 2022 to attend the Chianti Classico Collection event held in Florence and meet some of the consortium’s 500+ member producers. Sebastian said, “Chianti Classico is inspiring in many ways. The beautiful landscapes, the long history and its dedicated winegrowers characterise the growing area and produce excellent wines that reflect a unique terroir. Sangiovese is the absolute king to express this terroir: elegance, freshness and complexity are just some of its attributes. Depending on where in Chianti Classico it grows, it expresses itself differently. Discovering and exploring these subtleties and nuances is fascinating and will continue to be the special charm of Chianti Classico.” He will also receive support from the Consortium to carry out educational activities on the German market.

“Please join us in congratulating Sebastian Wöll as Chianti Classico’s first Ambassador in Germany – added Giovanni Manetti, Consorzio President – We are so grateful to all the qualified professionals who participated in this competition for their commitment to studying and promoting the region and the wines of Chianti Classico.”

Something about Sebastien Wöll 

Sebastian Wöll returned to his hometown of Munich in 2019 after years of experience in the international wine trade. He is currently responsible for the wine portfolio for one of Munich’s leading retailers: Feinkost Käfer, whose brand, founded in 1930, operates several delicatessen shops, restaurants and catering businesses. In addition to his passion for the wine business, Sebastian has attended several wine training programmes. After completing his Master in International Vintage, he obtained his WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma and also became an Italian Wine Ambassador of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA). Sebastian has also participated as a judge in several competitions and is himself an educator, as he holds both the WSET and Italian Wine Educator certificates. Besides wine, Sebastian has an interest in foreign languages and speaks German, English, Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Chianti Classico Ambassador Competition 

The Chianti Classico Ambassador Competition was created in 2017 as a way of identifying and rewarding wine professionals passionate about the Chianti Classico region in key market across the world. Ambassadors become a reference point for the consortium and its member wineries on the given market.

Sebastien Wöll joins the following Chianti Classico Ambassadors : Canada / Ontario Steven Robinson, Canada / Quebec: Kler-Yann Bouteiller, Canada / British Columbia: Jason Yamasaki, USA: Michael Klinger.

About Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico

The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico exists to protect, oversee, and valorise the Chianti Classico denomination. Since the Consortium’s founding in 1924, the organization has changed its name and the design of its logo, the Black Rooster, which since 2005 has been the trademark of the whole denomination. As one of the premier institutional organizations in the European Union in the grape-growing and winemaking sector, the Consortium represents 96 percent of the DOCG production. The entire production chain is supervised by a public tracking system, which enables consumers all over the world to check the bottle they’ve purchased via the Consortium’s website. The Consortium also conducts research and development in the agronomic and oenological fields, in collaboration with prestigious educational and research institutes. For more information, please visit www.chianticlassico.com.

For press questions : 

Silvia Fiorentini

Marketing Communications Manager

Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico

Via Sangallo 41 – Località Sambuca

50028 Barberino Tavarnelle (FI)

fiorentini@chianticlassico.com

In Germany: Faye Cardwell Wine Events & Communication 

Munich, Germany 

www.fayecardwell.com

faye@fayecardwell.com

+49 1744707496 

Chianti Classico Ambassador : Finalists announced

Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico announces eight finalists in first edition of Chianti Classico Ambassador Competition in Germany. 

Wine professionals, press, wine educators and online-influencers from across Germany registered for the online exam on 2nd November, taking the first step to becoming Germany’s first Chianti Classico Ambassador. 

Participants were given 30 minutes to answer questions covering the historical, technical, geographic and organoleptic aspects of the region and its wines. 

The Chianti Classico Ambassador competition was launched in North America in 2016 and has seen hundreds of wine professionals compete to become an acknowledged expert one of Italy’s most cherished lands and appellations. The Ambassador for Germany, being the largest export market for Chianti Classico in Europe, will be an important reference point for the Consorzio’s more than 500 member wineries and will be supported to carry out promotional and educational activities on the wines of the black rooster.  

Eight of the highest-scoring participants will attend the finals to be held on 7th February (Covid 19-regulations permitting) at the Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt on Lake Tegernsee. The exams will consist of a blind tasting and an oral presentation. The winner will be announced during a gala dinner in the 3-star Michelin star restaurant by Christian Jürgens. 

Finalists: Domenico Durante, Lorenz Immerfall, Carine Patricio, Sabrina Rossetti, Benjamin Sauri Montalt, Andrea Vestri, Stephanie Wimber, Sebastian Wöll

Could you be Chianti Classico’s first Ambassador in Germany?

The Black Rooster is looking for its first Ambassador in Germany – could it be you? If you’re a Sommelier, Wine educator, Journalist or Influencer and have a talent for communication and a passion for the wines of Chianti Classico then you can’t miss this opportunity.

After competitions in Canada and the US, the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico decided to bring the Ambassador Competition to Germany – it’s most important market in Europe – to try to find someone is full of passion for their land to fulfil this role.

The competition starts with an online exam on 2nd November (registration possible until 29th October) after which the 8-top scorers will be invited to Althoff Seehotel Uberfahrt on the banks of Lake Tegernsee for the finals on 29th November. The winner will be announced during a dinner in the 3-start Michelin restaurant Uberfahrt that evening.

Germany’s first Chianti Classico Ambassador will then be invited to Tuscany for the Anteprima event in February 2021 and will have the chance to tour the area and really get to know the wineries. They’ll also receive support in activities that they want to carry out in Germany and will be able to use the Award as a way of creating their own projects and initiatives.

I spoke to Chianti Classico Ambassador for British Columbia, Canada Jason Yamasaki to hear his experience of the competition and how he’s used that to his benefit.

Registration is open on this link until 29th October. Apply today : https://www.chianticlassico.com/de/ambassador-exam/

Quaranvino Dinner Dates – How Social Distancing created a new way of enjoying wine

Quaranvino online wine dinners

2020 has been nothing short of crazy and when measures came in to avoid socialising, as an events organiser, I found myself facing a real challenge.

I love organising events of any type but getting people together to discover the wines of my favourite Italian winemakers with good food and chat gives me a different type of satisfaction. These are the types of events where people go home with new friends, new stories to tell, a new favourite wine, and a smile on their face.

I started wracking my brains to come up with new events formats and quickly realised that the only way we could carry on enjoying a shared wine experience would be if we were drinking the same wine at the same moment. We might be physically distant but if we could talk and share the experience of tasting the same wine, we would still be able to enjoy a collective experience and the best person to do this with us would be the winemaker.

I shared my idea with Benni of Senti Vini. We met as he distributes some of the member wineries of Italia del Vino Consortium, is young, dynamic and smart, making him the perfect partner for such a project. His portfolio includes many producers I know personally so I selected 6 wineries and 2 labels from each to create different options for enjoying the dinners.

Quaranvino Dinner Dates then turned into a programme of online wine dinners hosted by myself and special guests Klaus Lentsch, Alessandro Medici, Daria Garofoli, Paolo Librandi, Giuseppe Nicolis and José Rallo. Starting on 28th March, the dinners will be held every Saturday and Wednesday at 8pm until 15th April.

Wine lovers who are bored-at-home just need to click the link, choose the wines they want to receive and then join the online dinner via a conf call link. The only thing I can’t provide is the food!

The most ingenious part? These wines can be shipped anywhere in the EU meaning that events are no longer limited to Munich. Guests can invite their friends in Belgium, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, the list goes on making Quaranvino Dinner Dates experiences that can be shared with friends in far-off lands.

As for the winery-owners, after weeks being quarantined in Italy, they now get the chance to do what they love: meet people and communicate their passion for their wines and their land..

In a moment where we’re told to increase distance with one-another, I managed to find a way to reduce it – all whilst enjoying Italian wine. Quaranvino Dinner Dates..

I look forward to having dinner with you soon.

Watch my video with more details on how it works.

Quaranvino online wine dinners