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Reichsrat von Buhl hires Richard Grosche

Richard Grosche is to join the Reichsrat von Buhl Estate Winery in the Palatinate (Germany) in January 2014 as co-managing director responsible for sales and exports.

Grosche (38) is currently joint editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Weinwelt and Sommelier Magazine, published by Meininger Verlag. He has been with the German publishing house since 2003, and has run its international wine academy Mundusvini since 2005. In 2006 he helped launch the global trade magazine Meininger’s Wine Business International. 

“Over the past decade I’ve had the unique opportunity to get to know wine regions, wine producers and journalists all over the world and taste the entire spectrum of the global wine production on a regular basis,” said Grosche. “That experience has shown me that the best vineyards in Pfalz produce some of the world’s finest wines. Reichsrat von Buhl owns the best parcels in some of these vineyards and I look forward to being part of the team taking advantage of this potential to produce world class wines.”

Owner Achim Niederberger said he was pleased that “we have managed to get a real specialist on board who not only knows the world of fine wine intimately, but who is well connected.”

Grosche will be joining managing director Marian Kopp and former Champagne Bollinger chef du cave Mathieu Kaufmann, who begins at the company this autumn, in time for harvest 2013.

Reichsrat von Buhl is currently operated by a long-term tenant. Founded in 1849, it quickly established itself internationally. Today, after more than 150 years of continuous operation, it is consistently regarded as one of Germany’s top wine estates. On December 2013, the winery will be returned to the Niederberger group, which acquired it in 2005.

30 July 2013 - Felicity Murray