After 13 years of running a large national wine sales division, I was inspired to work with a more direct and focused import model. In partnership with my closest friend, Johannes Leitz, I started Schatzi Wines in 2014—a company that reflects our collective business ideals.

We believe in:

honest and direct communication

cultivating a small and focused portfolio

a commitment to stateside inventory

leaner margins

uncompromising service from grower to glass

Schatzi is dedicated to working alongside growers to bring great wines to the market. Currently, the portfolio consists of environmentally conscience winemakers from Germany, Austria, France (Champagne, Burgundy and Beaujolais), and Switzerland.  Collaborating closely with our growers, we can shrink margins and offer more diverse selections. This model benefits the grower, importer, distributor, wine shop, sommelier and consumer. We will continue to grow the portfolio intimately and organically, representing wines that respect the earth and give voice to terroir—wines we care about and feel connected to.

Joining our team are Daniel Weber and Hayley Johnson. Dan has over a decade of experience in the New York retail trade; Hayley has worked in several of San Francisco’s top restaurants and has spent a year tending vines in the Rheingau. Together we bring a unique perspective and understanding to the business of wine.

Schatzi Wines will work with other schatzis, because life is too short to do otherwise. This applies to winemakers who understand and support our vision—who want a stronger voice regarding how their wines are represented in the United States—and to distributors, restaurants and retailers who seek authentic, hand-crafted, terroir-driven wines at a fair price.

We are so excited to taste and drink with all of you as soon as possible. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Kevin Pike

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Our 4th annual Spring Portfolio tasting, with our friends @martineswines , will take place on Tuesday, March 6th @lafayette_nyc (trade only) from 12-4pm. Come help us welcome our nine producers who will be in attendance from Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland! Hope to see you there!Rheinhessen schatzi, Jochen Dreissigacker, shows @sundstromcider how to throw back one’s own wine. #dontmesswithtexas @30ackerGood morning Aspen! Happy to be back, slangin’ with @synergyfinewines 🍾#germanaustrianDIWishing all of our schatzis a Happy Thanksgiving! #magnumsshowyoucareThanks @arlequinwine for inviting us to pour at last night’s 10th annual Beaujolais Bash alongside so many fellow schatzis! #beaujolais #beaujolaisbash2017 #thatsaysfranceSchatzi Wines is proud to welcome the first #domestic producer to our portfolio, Element Winery from the #fingerlakes!

@elementwines was founded by Bob Bates and his son Christopher Bates, Master Sommelier, in 2005 after Christopher had returned to the US after spending two vintages in Italy and one in Germany. It was bitter cold that December, but he had an idea burning inside of him. 🔥He wanted to create a winery that used the upstate #NewYork climate as a blessing and not a curse. Element Winery was founded to explore cool climate terroirs — to produce wines which express their origins without preconceived notions. They strive to make balanced wines that are mineral-driven and low in alocohol. Bob and Christopher are dedicated to producing small quantities of wines they love, with minimal intervention, allowing the grapes to speak for themselves.