The portfolio began with a handful of superb Austrian producers, each from different regions. All of them are family-owned and produce their wines with respect for the land and environment. Austria will always be a specialty, due to their incredible freshness, high quality and food affinity. Next to enter the portfolio is Germany, with a producer so unique and exceptional it occupies a very special place. Beautifully balanced wines made with natural farming methods wrapped in modern, approachable packaging. Italian wines are the next logical addition, given their wonderful diversity and obvious complement with food. The Italian Portfolio is diverse and unique, with both classic wines and wines from emerging regions. All of them are family-owned, of outstanding quality and use natural farming methods.
The name Salivate evolved from my passion for wines with mouthwatering freshness –which happens to also make the best food companions! As such, the portfolio will always focus on balanced wines, generally from cooler climates, which retain good acidity and have moderate levels of alcohol.
I began my wine career in 1994 working in retails shops. Within a short time I knew I wanted to work closer to the producers, so I eagerly moved over to the wholesale side of the industry, working in a variety of sales roles for a number of larger and small importers. Inevitably, the dream of importing my wines on my own grew into reality as I became increasingly passionate about specific countries and styles of wines.
Gruber Röschitz -Weinviertel
The Gruber family has been growing wine in Röschitz since 1814. Today the winery is run by three siblings: Ewald, Winemaker; Maria, Sales; and Christian, Viticulture. The vineyards are organically-farmed and are in the process of obtaining official certification. The “wine spirits” that adorn the labels are a reflection of the creative, spirited, and confident team at the helm.
Johanneshof Reinisch -Thermenregion
This fourth generation family run winery based in the village of Tattendorf is in the dedicated hands of three brothers: Johannes, Christian and Michael. Modern technology combined with organic winegrowing in the very best sites make for highly distinctive wines rich in varietal character and terroir.
Located in Southern Burgenland, this fifth generation, 12 hectare family estate produces only reds from mostly Blaufränkisch. The Krutzler family has received many national awards, including Best Red Wine of the Year from Falstaff, as well as international acclaim.
Sattlerhof –Südsteiermark (Southern Styria)
Family-owned and organically grown, this estate is combining its passion and experience with the innovation of its younger generation, Willi and Maria’s four children. Their Sauvignon Blanc in particular has been claiming national and international awards.
Weingut Hiedler –Kamptal
Now in its fifth generation, Hiedler is one of the most historic wineries in the wine town of Langenlois. Ludwig Hiedler is a founding member of the association of Traditional Austrian Winemakers. Together with his two sons, Ludwig makes terroir-driven wines using sustainable practices and minimal intervention.
Weingut Josef Fritz –Wagram
Josef Fritz is a fifth generation traditional winery with a modern outlook. Josef is a specialist of Roter Veltliner, a native Austrian grape variety, with 3 hectares with older, low-yielding vines planted. Prepare to be charmed by these absolutely delicious and rare wines!
Weingut Markus Huber - traisental
Markus Huber has achieved international admiration in recent years, drawing more attention to his region and fine wines. In 2015, he was awarded “Vintner of the Year” by Falstaff Magazine, Austria’s leading wine guide –just one of numerous prestigious awards. Despite all his accolades, he is humble; the wines speak for themselves! His wines are certified sustainable and are truly great value for the quality.
Sybille Kuntz Weingut –Mosel
Located on the steep hillsides of Lieser, Sybille Kuntz grows 15 ha of vineyards, which have been eco-certified since 2013 and Demeter certified (biodynamic) since 2016. Sybille produces a predominantly dry (trocken) style of Riesling, somewhat of a departure from the norm in Germany, but then, her wines are anything but simply “normal”. Her dedication to quality and her unique style are very evident in the first sip of her mouth-watering, delicious, food-friendly wines.
Tabarrini is one of Umbria’s top producers, growing wine from only certified sustainable, indigenous grapes. Owner Giampaolo Tabarrini assumed the role of winemaker in 1996, a fourth generation of passionate family grape-growers. Tabarrini produces 70,000 bottles per year from about 18 hectares. They are well known for resurrecting the area’s particular type of Trebbiano (Spoletino) and for their three single vineyard Sagrantino wines.
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