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Garage wine

Especially in the French Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux) in the 1990s created designation for special wines (French Vin de garage or Vin de salon), which in the smallest quantities of often only a few hundred crates or a few thousand bottles to be produced. These wineries are also referred to here as "garagiste" or "micro-château", although not all are necessarily small. The term garage wine is not to be understood literally. It is derived from the computer industry, where from the 1970s, small businesses (such as Apple, Microsoft and INTEL) have produced high-quality, innovative products in simply furnished rooms and indeed in garages. These were referred to as "garage companies" and justified the boom in the California "Silicon Valley". Garage wines draw the lowest yield from often very old vineyards, strictest manual selection of the highly ripe grapes, Barrique in to 100% new barriques and none or only gentle filtration out. In general, it is about full-bodied and high-quality red wines of the highest quality, often the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (also unmixed ) be used.

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