Greek-German wine network
The financial crisis that is currently such a large threat to Greece and to the whole of the European Union has unfortunately seen many ripple effects. These last days and weeks have badly strained the relationship between the people of Greece and Germany. Emotions are running high on both sides, and the friendly relationship that has guided these two countries over many years is severely put to the test.
I have received many calls for action by making a statement on this blog. I will answer those calls today in a different way than many might have expected. As a German living in Greece who promotes Greek wines abroad – with a focus on the German market – I wish to offer help in a constructive way.
One of my key contacts in Germany is without any doubt Dirk Würtz. He is winemaker from Rheinhessen, and a key player in the social networking scene. I write articles about Greek wines on his blog on a regular basis, and we have teamed up for a number of wine events. Dirk did not know Greek wines before we met, but over a period of a few months he caught the bug. I have received his full support, and I am immensely grateful for this.
We have decided to announce a new project today – the launch of a Greek-German wine network. As of today, the wine estates of Dirk Würtz and Manousakis in Crete are officially twinned. Both wineries will offer wines of their partner, present the partner’s wines at trade shows, and help to explore new markets in their respective home countries. In addition they will organise events in both countries and exchange information.
Every wine estate can participate in this new network. We will find the best partner in Germany for any Greek wine estate is interested in joining this network. We are planning to organise a large event in summer to celebrate this new exciting wine networking partnership between our two countries.