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Prosit!

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Welcome to the website of Wein Werte. We aim to be true to the Latin toast above (prosit! = may it do good!) by embodying and promoting a wine culture that contributes to the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. If you are in a hurry, or if you are already familiar with our philosophy, you might like to proceed directly to our shop. If not, we invite you to take a little time to browse through our website and learn about our company.

When wine is produced, marketed, and consumed responsibly, it connects us to nature, to society, and to our own better selves. Our vision is a wine culture that connects. Our mission is therefore to develop responsible business models for the retail wine industry, to implement them in our company, and to promote their adoption along the entire value chain. In this way we hope to be a leader in the industry, a model to follow, and the seller of choice for wine drinkers who share our values.

Our core business is the sale of high-quality wines that are produced and marketed in a sustainable and fair manner. Thus, our company motto: quality, sustainability, equitability. Through our actions we aim to contribute to the shift from an economic system that places profit above people and the planet to one that subordinates monetary gain to social and ecological needs, and that contributes to their fulfilment. The following eight points describe the main principles that inform our work.

1. We are committed to quality
Everything we do is aimed at maximizing the Total Quality Experience of our customers, understood as the combination of product, service, environmental, and social value.

2. We support a diverse and regionally distinct wine culture
Variety is the spice of life! We work against the oligopoly of international varieties and industrialized production processes by stocking a wide range of wines with an emphasis on local grape varieties and artisanal methods.

3. We promote biodiversity and environmental quality in general
All of our wines are produced according to organic methods, and most of the wines we sell are organically certified. Many are also biodynamically certified. In addition to this, we are committed to minimizing the negative environmental impact of products and processes throughout the value chain, from the vineyard to the disposal of the empty bottle.

4. We combat climate change
We aim to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. In order to reduce our emissions footprint, we look for low-carbon options at every point from the producer to the consumer. Furthermore, we compensate two kilograms of carbon for every kilogram of carbon produced not only through our company’s activities, but along the whole value chain. Following the revelations in the media of the quality issues surrounding voluntary carbon offsets, we are reviewing our offsets purchasing policy. We will report on the results of this process. Our aim is to ensure that every purchase from us is carbon negative and makes an active contribution to the fight against climate change.

5. We take responsibility for the social costs of alcohol
We donate 1% of our sales turnover to anti-addiction organisations, and we actively encourage our customers to consume wine in moderation. We also apply a minimum price per unit of alcohol in line with the Irish directive of €1 per unit, which is currently the only such regulation in the European Union. This minimum unit price means that in practice none of our wines cost less than €7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

6. We promote safe, fair, and fulfilling working conditions for all workers
All workers have the right to safe and humane working conditions, fair contracts that ensure a living wage, and opportunities for self-development in their workplaces. Organic production and fair product prices already help towards the fulfilment of this goal, but they are only a first step. We seek partners who share these values and who communicate their ongoing implementation in their companies.

7. We are transparent
We place financial data from our company on our website, and we document our environmental and social contributions. In this way, our customers can judge the fulfilment of our commitments for themselves.

8. We are committed to continuous improvement
We are only at the beginning of our journey, and we are excited about the path ahead. We aim to constantly increase the value that we provide to our customers, to society, and to the environment, and we are committed to reporting in a transparent way about our progress.

Environmental and Social Performance Indicators

We are committed to financial transparency. In the table below you will find our key environmental and social performance indicators for the previous half year.

Sales second half year 2023 €41600
Donations to anti-addiction programmes €420
Approximate value chain emissions (kg CO2 equivalent) 1818
CO2 equivalent compensated (kg) 4000

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Which wine culture do we want?

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The demand for so-called low-intervention wines is rapidly growing. This is in many ways a commendable development, but in our enthusiasm for all things natural we tend to forget that wine is not only a gift of the sun, the sky, and the earth, but is also shaped and given meaning by culture. Every wine begins with human interests that then inform human decisions to act or not to act in the grape-growing, wine-making, and wine-aging process. The term ‘natural wine’ is therefore something of an oxymoron, albeit a useful one, as all wine is at least in part an expression of human values concerning wine’s desirable and undesirable characteristics. It is thus a cultural product or, to put it in more obviously positive terms, a work of art. Furthermore, wine culture is more than its liquid artefact – it is also the sum of human actions and interactions connected with the wine, from the creation of the vineyard over the wine’s production, marketing, and consumption to the final disposal of its packaging.

Wine culture, like every other culture, is thus already in its material aspect a multifarious phenomenon, and it becomes even more complex when we seek to interpret it by describing the immaterial values that inform its physical expression. In spite of this difficulty, in the following texts we seek to describe the values that underlie the wine culture to which we subscribe and to give an outline of the material systems in which these values are embodied. These values are based on the general principle already stated above that our actions should contribute not only to our own well-being, but also to that of our fellow lifeforms on the planet that we all inhabit.

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Partners and providers

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In addition to our wine suppliers, we seek to work with partners and providers who share our values. We are all at a different point on our various journeys, but we can only reach our goals by working together.

Our special thanks go to the British Library for permission to use the manuscript images of medieval and early Renaissance wine culture that appear on this homepage. We encourage you to follow the links on the copyright notices and explore more of the digitalized cultural riches available on the Library’s website.

Events

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We have some very interesting tastings coming up in May and June, with Ukrainian wines and the world’s best rosé wines. Please contact us for tickets at info@wein-werte.com or via the contact form below. Here are the details of the tastings:

The world’s best rosé wines

Thursday May 23, 6 p.m. in the atelier of Juan Lo Bello, Wine Guru on Wheels, Malzgasse 7a, Basel. Tondonia rosado, Valentini Cerasuolo, Château d’Esclans Garrus, Château Simone and various other highlights! Tickets cost CHF 85 incl. apéro. Here’s the lineup:

Portugal
Aphros Wine Vinho Verde Phaunus Pet Nat Rosé, 2021 (organic)

Spain
Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva rosado, 2009 (Rioja)
Alonso & Pedrajo Viticultores Suañé Rioja Reserva rosado 2018 (Rioja) (organic, not certified)
Dominio del Águila: Picaro del Águila Clarete 2021 (Ribera del Duero) (organic)

France
Clos Cibonne Cuvée Speciale Caroline Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 2022 (Provence) (organic)
Château Simone Palette rosé 2021 (Provence) (organic, certification pending)
Château d’Esclans Garrus 2020 (Provence)
Pascal Cotat Vin de France rosé Chavignol Lot 2022 (Loire)

Germany
Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermennig Herrenberg Rosé Trocken 2021 (Mosel)

Italy
Azienda Agricola Valentini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2022 (Abruzzo) (organic, not certified)
Cirelli Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Amphora 2022 (Abruzzo) (organic)
Fattoria di Sammontana Primo Fuoco Rosato 2021 (Tuscany) (organic)
Tenuta di Castellaro Rosa Caolino IGT 2021 (Aeolian Islands) (organic)

Ukrainian wines

Wednesday May 29, 6 p.m. in the Markthalle, Basel – 5 minutes walk from Basel SBB. 18(!) white and red wines, several of which are organically produced. The wines will be accompanied by a Ukrainian apéro from the Kozak Buvette in the Markthalle. At the end of the evening there will be a collection. We will donate the wines, and all proceeds after deduction of the costs of the apéro and the room rental will go towards humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Here’s the lineup:

Chizay Carpethian Sekt (white)
Beykush Telti Kuruk (white)
Beykush Amphora Rkatsiteli oranž (orange)
Beykush Chardonnay Reserve (white)
Beykush Yafe Nagar (white)
Frumushika-Nova Odesa Black (red) (practising organic)
Frumushika-Nova Suholimanske (white) (practising organic)
Frumushika-Nova Citron Magaracha (white) (practising organic)
Frumushika-Nova Cabernet Sauvignon (red) (practising organic)
Villa Tinta Cabernet Premium (red)
Villa Tinta Odesa Black Reserve VIP (red)
MyWine Merlot (red)
Stakhovsky Cabernet Sauvignon (red)
Stakhovsky Saperavi (red)
Father’s Muscat Ottonel (white)
Biologist Pinot Noir (red) (practising biodynamic)
Biologist Aligoté (white) (practising biodynamic)
Biologist Intriga (red) (practising biodynamic)

The world’s best rosé wines reloaded

Wednesday June 19, at 6 p.m. in the Markthalle, Basel – 5 minutes walk from Basel SBB. We will be serving 15 rosé wines, including famous names such as Tondonia rosado, Valentini Cerasuolo, Château Simone, Clos Cibonne, Domaine Tempier and Château d’Esclans Garrus. Also included is Weingut St. Antony’s Wunderschön Pure, which was the joint overall winner in the “World of Rosé” competition 2024 conducted by Vinum magazine. It is therefore an event not to be missed! The ticket price of CHF90/EUR90 includes an apéro from the Restaurant du Coeur, Basel. Here’s the lineup:

Portugal
Aphros Wine Vinho Verde Phaunus Pet Nat Rosé, 2021 (organic)

Spain
Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva rosado, 2012 (Rioja)
Alonso & Pedrajo Viticultores Suañé Rioja Reserva rosado 2019 (Rioja) (organic, not certified)
Dominio del Águila: Picaro del Águila Clarete 2021 (Ribera del Duero) (organic)

France
Clos Cibonne Cuvée Speciale Caroline Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 2022 (Provence) (organic)
Château Simone Palette rosé 2021 (Provence) (organic, certification pending)
Château d’Esclans Garrus 2020 (Provence)
Tempier Bandol rosé 2022 (Provence) (organic, certification pending)
Claude Riffault Sancerre rosé “La Noue En Rosé” 2023 (Loire) (organic)

Germany
Weingut St. Antony Wunderschön Pure Rosé 2021 (Rheinhessen) (biodynamic) Winner of the Vinum magazine “World of rosé” tasting, June 2024.

Italy
Azienda Agricola Valentini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2022 (Abruzzo) (organic, not certified)
Cirelli Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Amphora 2022 (Abruzzo) (organic)
Tenuta di Castellaro Rosa Caolino IGT 2021 (Aeolian Islands) (organic)

Czech Republic
Richard Stavék Divy Rysak rosé 2021 (Moravia) (organic, not certified)

Switzerland
Klus177 Rosé 2022 (Basel-Land) (biodynamic)

Contact

Wein Werte

Dr Craig Thorrold
79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
4053 Basel, Switzerland
Phone (DE): +4915154684553
Phone (CH) +41793092824

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