Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Suedburgenland Winemaker Embraces Crowdfunding.

Uwe Schiefer, a rare and passionate combination of excellent winemaker and great businessman.

That old adage of: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. is true indeed. The last few years have brought forth disastrous weather conditions. Hail and frost, nature's henchmen and assassins for vines.

Winemakers love wine. Love the process and love the challenge of making great vintages. Walking as I do all year round, I often see them meandering about in their vineyards, inspecting, cajoling, imbibing and hoping for a great harvest. The few times that nature's henchmen drop by, it hits them hard. Vines and their grapes are not just a business to them, but a part of them.

Uwe Schiefer started off small sixteen years ago and has expanded ever since. His wines are sold locally and he also exports to various countries around the world. He didn't grow up on a wine estate but went to Hotel school and worked himself up to head Sommelier in one of Vienna's top restaurants.

He loves wine but wanted more then just to drink it, he yearned to make wine with his own individual nuances in each vintage, bottle and sip. He decided to enroll at the wine academy in Rust and afterwards started his vineyard with guts, determination and his passionate love of wines.

Eisenberg, our area, has a great combination of natural minerals and clay in the ground ( even the Romans made wine here ) which translates wonderfully into the various vintages. Ironically, those of us who have the privilege to live here forget how good the wines of our area are as opposed to those who've never had a chance to even taste a sip of them. Well, here is your chance. By the way, the short video clip gives you a glimpse of our beautiful wine growing region.

Crowdfunding Uwe Schiefer

Crowdfunding. Uwe has set up a crowdfunding account. On his side it helps him over the obvious business hurdles caused by the henchmen and on your side ( when you purchase a lot ) you will get a chance to drink his awesome wines. Delivered to your door. Easy, isn't it?

The various winemakers in our area not only make great wine, but also provide much needed local employment. So, imagine how great you'll feel when you sip Uwe's wine, knowing your help with crowdfunding might save someone's job.