Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

16 Million Bottles Is a Lot of Bubbles

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

16 Million Bottles Is a Lot of Bubbles

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Byline: David Ellis

GERMANY'S most famous sparkling wine Henkell Trocken Sekt goes back to 1856 when Adam Henkell began making a bubbly little drop that while popular, took three generations of the family to really hit its straps.

And it was a 20-year-old Otto Henkell who went to the USA to learn about marketing and trading, who finally put the wine on the world map. On his return home he recommended that the family discontinue its range of many differently labelled sparkling wines, and produce just one Sekt (it means dry) bubbly of unmistakable flavour and quality.

To be packaged in a standard-labelled bottle, it could be recognised instantly wherever it was sold a in Germany or internationally.

It was revolutionary and it worked. Today the company uses Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Blanc de Noir and Chenin from Rhine Valley vineyards to make a non-vintage fizz that's German-precision consistent, with a palate of smooth and creamy citrus-like fruit flavours and a lingering finish. …

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