About

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.

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.

Sincerely,
Kevin Pike

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New from @domaine_ruet is Beaujolais-Villages Food & Wine getting the #schatzi band back together 🤜🏼🤛🏼 #fwclassic#Repost @kbpike (@get_repost) ・・・ @urban_riesling_stagaard in a parcel of #schreck which will be replanted in the coming years with #riesling cuttings from @weingutleitz @weingutfranzen @matthiasknebel among others. #schatziLet’s try this again with the correct month, shall we? Join us on Monday, MAY 14th, @hightreasonsf! @organolepticon will be spinning and @schatziwines will be flowing. #electronica #germanwine #austrianwineThank you for the killer write-up, @kenfredricksonms ! This is #Repost @kenfredricksonms (@get_repost) ・・・ 2015 Neuenahrer Sonnenberg Fruburgünder Julia Bertram – A perfect way to start a Sunday afternoon with a little sunshine – German Pinot Noir! Julia Bertram’s wines are new to me but so compelling that I ventured to the Ahr to witness the magic first hand. It’s so unique what is transpiring there and I believe these to be some of the most interesting pinot noirs being produced today, here’s why: The Ahr is warm and sunny, even though it’s one of the most northerly wine regions in Germany it’s a near Mediterranean climate! Along with that climate you have a mutation of pinot noir that is called Fruburgünder, slightly darker than the pinot found in Burgundy and it ripens earlier. Finally, this is pinot noir grown on red slate soils. Any sommelier will tell you the two soil types that express terroir in a recognizable way are limestone and slate. This is one of the only areas where you can find pinot noir grown in slate and thus the wines are like nothing else, unique and delicious! Warm ripe fruit with a minerality that adds to the texture. 2015 was a near perfect vintage, warm and cooperative yielding textbook references of both Fruburgünder and the later ripening Spätburgunder. This is not a Burgundy doppelganger nor is it meant to be, it is unique Ahr pinot noir produced by a brilliant young winemaker who was born in the same village she makes wine in today and she has a command for the terroir and climate. What you are most likely to encounter here in the USA is Julia’s Spätburgunder and these are brilliant more easily recognized pinot noirs. Spontaneous ferments and neutral barrels...Her wines in general are off the charts interesting, they take up a certain elegance and grace matched with concentration and power, much like the producer herself. They are always delicious to drink and benchmark for Germany! Go find some! @schatziwines #germanwine #früburgunder #spatburgunderHonored to spend the day with Dan George of Synergy Wines in #santafe. Equal parts passion and knowledge—it’s no wonder this man is a legend in our industry!