The German wine-growing man Franz Otto Wolfgang Blass (* 1934) studied oenology at the "Bavarian State Institute of Viticulture" in Veitshöchheim (Franconia). He also owns the coveted title of one Masters of Wine, He then worked as a winemaker in Germany and at the English company Averys in sparkling wine production. In 1961 he emigrated Australia out. As a result, he worked as a consulting sect expert for several wineries such as Kaiser Stuhl. From 1966, Blass farmed small acreage and began experimenting with the production and marketing of wine. The year is also considered the foundation of the winery. In 1969, he bought a two-hectare site on Bilyara Road, four kilometers from Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley away. Bilyara is the name of the Aborigines for the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Eaglehawk). As a reference to his German homeland with an eagle as heraldic animal, he chose the eagle as a logo, which can still be found today on all Wolf-Blass labels. From 1969 to 1973 Blass Winemaker was the winery Tolley's.
In 1973 he founded the Wolf Blass Wines International and worked with the legendary winemaker John Glaetzer together. The 1975 created Riesling established itself as the most successful Australian "Rhine Riesling". His focus was on table wines with full, mild taste with integrated tannins, This "new" style of wine was a major reason for the great success. Blass became a first-class marketing professional and began to build an empire purposefully. In 1986 he acquired 50% of the Australian Bottling Company including sparkling wine production. By association with the group Mildara in Coonawarra in 1991, the company Mildara pale, This company was founded in 1996 by the Australian beer brewery giant Foster's the 2000 also the California winery Beringer bought. This resulted in 2001 in the Multi Beringer Blass Wine Estates, from the 2005 Foster's Wine Estates and finally in 2011 Treasury Wine Estates emerged.
Wolf Blass's chief winemaker is Chris Hatcher in 1996. The grapes are widely used by contract growers from many areas of South Australia like Adelaide Hills. Barossa Valley. Clare Valley. Coonawarra. Eden Valley. Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale based. Special emphasis is placed on the careful selection of the grapes, the fermentation process, the maturation and the blending of the wines. For the fermentation Open stainless steel vats are used because they offer better opportunities for experimentation. The product range includes around 50 wines in all styles of still wines in red, white and rosé, sparkling wines and Tawnys, in the lines Platinum Label, Gold Label, Silver Label, Black Label (here there is only one wine, one of the flagships of the house from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec), Yellow Label, Red Label and Gray Label, each in the appropriate label color, as well as Eaglehawk, President's Selection, Vineyard Release, Heritage Release and Bilyara. A visitor and function center has been set up at the company headquarters in Nuriootpa. There are individual tastings, large banquets, romantic weddings and all-day business meetings.
Blass has been instrumental in shaping Australia's wine industry, establishing Wolf Blass as one of the most recognized global brands, and has become a legend in his lifetime. He received numerous honors such as the 2000 coveted O'Shea Award and the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy three times for the best dry red wine. For his various wines over 3,000 trophies and medals have been won. Blass was president of the wine competition in 2005 International Wine & Spirit Competition, He has served on numerous boards of the Australian wine industry. In 1996, with a donation of one million dollars, he founded the Wolf Blass Foundation, which is dedicated to wine research and the promotion of the Australian wine industry.
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