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), Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Luxembourg.  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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We are proud to introduce @champagne_yann_alexandre to the US!! . . Yann Alexandre is the eighth generation of his family to grow vines in the Petite Montagne de Reims, the third to make Champagne there. He and his wife, Séverine, share a passion for horticulture that directly informs their viticulture. “We grow the vineyard like a garden,” Yann explains. This is a high bar for two farmers working 6.3 hectares spread over 28 plots in nine villages. But is also essential to their philosophy: “I always try to put forward the characteristics of each plot of land and to reach perfect grape maturity and health.” Vitality is achieved through intensive hand work and regenerative practices to which the Alexandres have been dedicated since 1999. Swaths of bright yellow in the family vineyards signal the restorative impact of this approach: the region’s once ubiquitous tulipe de vigne was eradicated by intensive chemical farming; Yann and Séverine have nurtured the soils back to such health, the delicate flower has returned. As throughout the Petite Montagne, pinot meunier is the star, supported by pinot noir and chardonnay, the grapes matched to soils of calcareous clay, white marls, stones, and flint. Yann declares his aim is “as natural a Champagne as possible,” made from vital grapes, with minimal added sulfites, up to seven years lees aging, hand riddling and disgorgement, and “no detail left to chance.”What a delight to have @laura.paccot in the #hudsonvalley! She's the first #schatzi to come work the market up here, and we had enough time for coffee and cookies! . . . @paccotlacolombe @vinsvaudois #biodynamicfarming #swisswines #switzerland #chasselasToday's lineup in #nyc: Domaine de l'Epinay Clisson, Domaine la Colombe Brez, Antico Broilo Friulano, Vini Scirto Carricante, J. Vignier QVFMR, Untermoserhof Hub Schiava, Domaine de la Haute Olive Chinon Les Clos@ilverro.winery is harvesting pallagrello bianco this week. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the local ruling families treasured this variety, one of the autochthonous grapes in Italy, earning it a spot in the royal vineyards. But by the late 20th century, no one in Italy was producing monovarietal pallagrello wines. Cesare explains that the forces of powdery mildew and phylloxera @schatziwines did the I-26 corridor through #southcarolina this week from Charleston to Columbia to Greenville. We showed different wines each day, and introduced new wines from the #Loire and #Italy. Here was the Greenvillle line-up. Thank you @grassrootswine for hosting!New York, San Francisco, Boulder, Denver and Houston! Come celebrate Schatzi’s 5th Anniversary during our Spring Portfolio Tastings next week! March 5th in NY, 6th in TX and CO, and 7th in CA (details in story). We hope you will join us! 🎉🍇 . Château de Bois-Brinçon, located in #Anjou, is one of the newest members of our tribe. This wine, 2014 “Les Saules de Montbenault”, comes from an 0.80 hectares plot of chenin blanc, grown on rhyolite (volcanic rock), in Faye d'Anjou. Vine density in this vineyard is key, with only 5,000 vines per hectare, resulting in roughly 20 hl/ha. Did someone say concentration? After an 8-10 hour long press cycle, the must is racked to 400L casks where the wine remains, sur lie, until bottling. . Thanks for the sweet pic @bibijisb !