The German winegrower Franz Otto Wolfgang Blass (* 1934) studied oenology at the "Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture" in Veitshöchheim (Franconia). He also has the coveted title of Masters of Wine, He then worked as a cellar master in Germany and with the English company Averys in sparkling wine production. In 1961 he emigrated Australia out. As a result, he worked as a consultant sect expert for several wineries such as Kaiser Stuhl. From 1966, Blass started cultivating small areas of land 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 Barossa Valley away. Bilyara is the Aboriginal name for the wedge-tailed eagle (Eaglehawk). As a reference to his German homeland with an eagle as heraldic animal, he chose the eagle as the logo, which can still be found on all Wolf-Blass labels today. From 1969 to 1973 Blass Winemaker was the Tolley's winery.
In 1973 he founded Wolf Blass Wines International and worked with the legendary wine maker John Glaetzer together. The Riesling created in 1975 established itself as the most successful Australian "Rhine Riesling". His main focus was on table red wines with a full, mild taste and integrated tannins, This "new" wine style was a main reason for the great success. Blass became a first-rate marketing professional and began to build an empire with determination. In 1986 he acquired 50% of the Australian Bottling Company including sparkling wine production. The company was founded in 1991 by merging with the Mildara group in Coonawarra Mildara pale, This company was founded in 1996 by the Australian brewery giant Foster's who also took over the California winery in 2000 Beringer bought. This resulted in the 2001 Multi Beringer Blass Wine Estates, in 2005 Foster's Wine Estates and finally in 2011 Treasury Wine Estates emerged.
Chief Winemaker of Wolf Blass is Chris Hatcher in 1996. The grapes are grown on a large scale by contract winemakers from many areas of South Australia Adelaide Hills. Barossa Valley. Clare Valley. Coonawarra. Eden Valley. Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale based. Particular emphasis is placed on the careful selection of the grapes, on the fermentation process, the aging and the blending of the wines. For the fermentation open stainless steel fermentation tanks are used because they offer better opportunities for experimentation. The product range includes around 50 wines in all styles from still wines in red, white and rosé, sparkling wines and tawns, which are in the lines Platinum Label, Gold Label, Silver Label, Black Label (here there is only one wine, one of the company's flagships from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec), Yellow Label, Red Label and Gray Label in the respective label color, as well as Eaglehawk, President's Selection, Vineyard Release, Heritage Release and Bilyara. A visitor and function center was set up at the company's headquarters in Nuriootpa. Individual tastings, large banquets, romantic weddings and all-day business meetings are held here.
Blass had a decisive influence on the Australian wine industry, established Wolf Blass as one of the best-known global brands and became a legend during his lifetime. He received numerous honors such as the coveted one in 2000 O'Shea Award and three times for the best dry red wine the renowned Jimmy Watson Trophy. Over 3,000 trophies and medals have been won for his various wines. Blass was president of the wine competition in 2005 International Wine & Spirit Competition, He has served on numerous boards in the Australian wine industry. In 1996 he founded the "Wolf Blass Foundation" with a donation of one million US dollars, which serves wine research and the promotion of the Australian wine industry.
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