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Pure, Selected, Simplicity: South Africa’s Wine of Tomorrow

Olivedale – Wines South Africa

It is not easy to create outstanding quality in a world full of brands. Uncovering the purity needs additional activity that allows selection. In this regard, serving taste needs artists which provide their ideas about the productsSo, coming to South Africa in the mother of tastes of the new world and to write about gentlemen’s behaviour requires some thoughts. Why cover a wine venture which intends to reach for the stars? A winery that likes to be discovered like a Lady? 

Indeed, South African wineries form part of the new world’s best out in the top of the world. Whereas Pomerol, St. Emilion, Pauillac and so forth seems to be established and sold to everywhere; sun, stone, and quality in Argentine, Australia, California, and South Africa hammer down establishment. Having said this, do we really believe that boutique wineries can exist alongside extreme wine farming? Here, it all focuses to the maître sur place. A creepy soul creates a creepy taste or the other way around. His or her elixir you consume or detest. A piece of soul. A capturing of a momentum of nature transferred into a bottle. It requires an insane person, an autist, an artist, a conductor of nature. This is what Olivedale wine cellars found with Carl van Wyk. 

Text & editor rights: Dima Euler

South African Wines – Purity of the product

I met him during my work in South Africa. In the middle of the grapes, in an eremite like cottage, he invited me for dinner. A highly intelligent man graduated in different fields, prepared a steak and salad between handmade furniture, accompanied by the finest tones of Johann Strauss. His background is a pilgrimage determined by the pursuit of finding the thrill in purity. Refusing monetary success in exchange for having the liberty to create. Ever seeking the simplicity of quality, exceptional taste, and honesty. So he aims his wines. “You shall never not to finish something you start”, so, think carefully of what you are doing. Not as obvious as it connotes, it seems like producing wine requires a lot of suffering. Herein lies the journey which mirrors the bouquet. Jt is Olivedale Chardonnay, Semilion/Verdelho/Chardonnay, Rose, Shiraz/Mouvedere/Grenache, Tempranillo, Sterk Jan Droe Wit, and Queen of Africa Edel Laat Oes. 

Verdelho, a white wine grape grown throughout Portugal and most associated with Madeira wine. 
Chardonnay, very neutral grape, with many of the flavours commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. Pressed whole bunch and naturally fermented in oak barrels, this wine shows elegancy and flavours of tropical fruits. 
Semilion, golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines. 
Shiraz/Mouvedere/Grenache or GSM is commonly used for a red wine consisting of a blend of Grenache, Shiraz (Syrah), and Mourvèdre. It originated from those used in some Southern Rhône wines. Grenache is the lightest and produces a pale red juice with soft berry scents and a bit of spiciness. Shiraz provides the full body. Mourvèdre for the structure, style, and acidity. The red fruit and dried prune flavours is the result of the 3 clones of shiraz that was used to sculpture this blend into a smooth red wine. 
Tempranillo, a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines.  The terroir and climate of Olivedale brings the best out of this relitave native cultivar. This serious wine has a natuarally higher tanin, but finned to perfection in french oak barrels. 
Sterk Jan Droe Wit, and Queen of Africa Edel Laat Oes are Semilion driven sweet desert style wines, harvested out of the deep red soil of Darling’s hills and sculptured in Swellendam. This exceptional natural fermented wine was matured in oak barrels and bottled 292 days later

 

Selected market 

Olivedale has about 100 000 plants. The winery produces about 75 000 bottles in 2017 whereas in 2016 only 50 000 were produced. Organic certification seems not to be an issue. He disclosed that he established one of the first organic wineries in South Africa but rejects labels today. He farms in accordance with nature and not a policeman. He believes that markets like Switzerland, Singapore, and Hong Kong will understand his product. Carl hereby relies on the education of the consumer who discovers the good product. It will not require any marketing but good taste and honesty to uncover the best. He admits that this view may be the reflection of a romantic fool but the only way to get the maximum outcome of a product without the reflection of the others. “The market will find our product.” 

Adaptability was the keyword – South African winemakers produced the best product from a challenging 2016 crop by means of good decision-making and state-of-the-art technology. The grapes ripened at lower sugar levels in general, which is positive with regards to wines with lower alcohol. The acidity levels were low, which necessitated adaptations in the cellar itself. The smaller berries that were produced will lead to good colour and intense flavour in this year’s red wines. The white wines also appear surprisingly good, with great structure and good flavours. 

Simplicity of the taste 

While opening a very well decorated wine, he told me about the problems of medals. Medals are a reflection of history which is drafted by the victors. Awards honour a good wine but no awards have no meaning at all. It depends from the availability of the laurates. In his view, today’s consumers have the luxury to scale down to the essence of taste. In a lifestyle driven economy, what counts is getting rid of unnecessary dependencies. Real luxury lies in avoiding what seems to be available. A life without financial constraints. A taste independent from money.  

Table: Biggest Producer World Wide according to International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) 

Rank  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (provisional) 2015 (forecast) 
Italy 48 525 42 772 45 616 54 029 44 229 48 869 
France 44 381 50 757 41 548 42 134 46 804 47 373 
Spain 35 353 33 397 31 123 45 308 38211 36 600 
United States 20 887 19140 21 650 23 590 22 020 22 140 
Argentina 16 250 15473 11 778 14 984 15197 13 358 
Chile 8844 10464 12 554 12 820 10 500 12 870 
Australia 11420 11 180 12 259 12 310 12 020 12 000 
South Africa 9 327 9 725 10 569 10 982 11 316 11 310 
China 13 000 13200 13511 11 780 11 178 11 178 
10 Germany 6 906 9 132 9 012 8409 9 202 8 788 
11 Portugal 7148 5 622 6327 6 231 6195 6 703 
12 Russia 7 640 6980 6 220 5290 4 880 4880 
13 Romania 3 287 4 058 3 311 5113 3 750 4069 
14 Hungary 1 762 2 750 1 818 2 618 2 555 2 873 
15 Brazil 2 459 3460 2 967 2 710 2 732 2732 
16 Greece 2 950 2 750 3115 3343 2 900 2 650 
17 Austria 1 737 2 814 2 125 2 392 1 999 2 350 
18 New Zealand 1 900 2350 1 940 2484 3204 2350 
19 Serbia 2 382 2 244 2175 2 306 2332 2332 
20 Bulgaria 1 224 1 237 1 442 1 755 747 1 538 
21 Moldova 840 1 520 1470 2 570 1 630 1 630 
22 Georgia 1 034 1 108 830 997 1 134 1 134 

unit in 1000 hl / Source: http://www.oiv.int/public/medias/2256/en-communique-de-presse-octobre-2015.pdf

The cellar can be reached under the address Olivedale, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa and +27 28 512 3728. The wines are to be expected by the end of the year. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/olivedalevineyards.

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Hotel Krone Regensberg

Hotel Krone Regensberg – A Piece Of History

Unbelievable what treasures you can find just a short hop from Zürich. You need a few days to relax and escape the stress? We have the perfect place for you! Within a 30 minutes ride from Zürich you’re ending up in a different world. Regensberg is a small ancient village, located up on a hill surrounded by beautiful vineyards.

The ‘Hotel Krone Regensberg’ is part of this lovely village, a classic Boutique Hotel which has been renovated after a fire in 2011. A 4 years investigation was required to renovate and rebuild this unique and antique building.

At a first glance, the Hotel shows its proud appearance and the historic energy. The outstanding architecture is another key point of this beautiful Hotel

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Krone Regensberg – The Ambiance

Another highlight is the wonderful ambiance we discovered at Krone Regensberg. A pleasant way of slow living. It’s just stress-free and comfy. From the very point of arrival until you leave, it’s just pure relaxation.

Just unwind and leave your daily routine behind. It will happen quite naturally. That is what guests have been experiencing at the Krone ever since the Middle Ages – for anyone arriving in the little town of Regensberg will find themselves entering another world. A world without cares. A world where time passes more slowly. This is where people have wanted to stay… for hundreds of years.

You’re welcomed with a glass of wine from a regional production and a small snack, the perfect way to calm down and enjoy your trip.

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Krone Regensberg – The Rooms

Each room comes up with its own look, architecture and design. There is a room for all kind of tastes. The beds are super comfortable and make you sleep like princess and prince.

Modern amenities, finely crafted natural materials complemented by collectors’ pieces and antiques create a comfortable atmosphere. You will feel utterly at ease in this exclusive ambiance.

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Krone Regensberg – Eating and the Staff

As a hotel guest, you will already experience the culinary sophistication at your delicious breakfast, which in summer can be savoured on the terrace while taking in the panoramic views. Indoors, in the Restaurant Taverne, you also have a fantastic view of the Alps. Here you should feel as if you’re staying at home with friends. The Head Chef uses fresh produce to conjure up sophisticated creations in a style ranging from traditional to modern, inspired by influences from all over the world.

‘Slow food’ and regional cuisine is part of the concept and it simply tastes delicious. Every meal is prepared with a lot of love and detail.  Small but mighty describes this place and the behaviour of the staff. We were served in the very best way.

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Hotel Krone Regensberg – The History

The little town was established in 1248 by Baron Lüthold V of Regensberg, who ruled a large part of what is now the Canton of Zurich at that time.

In the foothills of the Jura, 200 metres above the lowlands, the little town was considered a natural fortress and had the advantage of being located near the trading route. Moreover, there was enough limestone to construct a town. Lüthold built himself a castle with a moat, a drawbridge and an entrance that was almost five metres above the ground. The distinctive “Bergfrid”, a 21-metre-high, round tower with walls that are an average of three metres thick, was constructed at the same time as the castle. The tower was habitable, with a kitchen and hot-air heating.

When the Feud of Regensberg broke out in 1267, the Habsburgs, supported by troops from Zurich, declared war on the town. Subsequently, in 1302, Lüthold VIII, the founder’s great-grandson, sold Regensberg to the Habsburgs. Finally, in 1409, the Habsburg Duke Frederick “of the Empty Pockets” mortgaged the town to the City of Zurich.

In 1540, a great fire destroyed the “Oberburg” – the upper part of the town, and only the castle and the “Bergfrid” were spared, thanks to a deep moat. In just one year, however, the Oberburg was rebuilt.

The Krone was already entitled to run a tavern before the great fire of 9 September 1540, which broke out at the “Journeymen’s House,” where the flames spread at a rapid pace. As there was too little water available, the bailiff attempted to douse the fire with wine. From the Middle Ages to the present day, there has been a succession of landlords, and many guests have enjoyed their hospitality. The district court and a prison were housed in the building until 1870. History reports that, in those days, the innkeeper would frequently pass the time by fetching prisoners from their cells in order to play cards or drink a glass of wine with them. In 1955, Willi Günthart of Regensberg acquired the Krone from the Zwinggi family, who were already considering expansion plans at that time.

Until the 1970s, only the section above the gatehouse had been developed to accommodate guests. The rest of the building was renovated in 1972. The Krone was finally closed as a guesthouse in 1997. After the disastrous fire of 12 September 2011 – almost exactly 471 years to the day after the fire of the Middle Ages – the Krone reopened its doors on 3 June 2015. After more than four years of building and renovation, this uniquely beautiful edifice has now been restored to its former glory.

With much dedication and passion, the Schäfer family has succeeded in reviving the building as the Hotel Restaurant Krone.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Travel Marrakech

Travel Marrakech – Introduction

This autumn, we made a trip to Marrakech – a city that is like a fairy tale of 1001 night, probably few other oriental cities can compete in beauty with her. But let me tell you why you should travel to Marrakech.

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1. Marrakech – A certain mystery and hidden secret

The Berbers called her ‘The Land Of God’, or it is also well-known as ‘red city’ or ‘pearl of the south’.

Marrakech is a spirited city surrounded by natural beauty. At its heart, it is busy with culture and old architecture, endless souks, and relaxing hammams. Just outside of its borders lies the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech grew rapidly and established itself as a cultural, religious, and trading centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa; Jemaa el-Fnaa is the busiest square in Africa.

It’s been a while, I travelled to Marrakech- but still, there was something I clearly remembered. There is a certain myth, sort of ‘all-embracing energy’ in this town. During my trip I’ve captured a few shots, reflecting the infinite beauty of this town.

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2. Souks in Marrakech

Trade and crafts are extremely important to the local economy. There are 18 souks in Marrakech, employing over 40,000 people in pottery, copper-ware, leather and other crafts. The souks contain a massive range of items and it’s just an unbelievable experience and a must-do for every traveller.

I bought tons of spices and a few scarfs made of ‘sabra silk’ – Sabra is a luxurious fabric and a natural fibre made from the Agave Cactus, grown in Morocco. The fabric is made by hand using techniques passed down through the centuries.

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3. Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi

A fantastic hotel, which is a 15-minute walk from the historic heart of Marrakech and just a 4 km drive from Marrakech Menara Airport.

Moroccan architectural details and orange tree gardens complement leisure facilities such as a spa, gym, kids club, swimming pools and children’s pool. Seven dining and entertainment venues includes a signature Moroccan restaurant.

A dedicated entrance connects the hotel to Morocco’s largest convention centre, the renowned Palais des Congrès, which is also operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

A few other good reasons to choose the Mövenpick Mansour Eddahbi

  • The Hotel comes up with large rooms and king size bed’s to fully enjoy your trip
  • Plenty of large pools are available
  • The Spa & Hammam ensure you can fully relax during your trip
  • The staff is extraordinary friendly and attentive
  • It smells like ‘Fleur D’Oranger’ everywhere – that’s just a dream
  • It’s lighting concept is a big eye-catcher

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4. Moroccan Cuisine & Spices

You don’t need to be an expert to find something magical in Marrakech. It’s a city primed to amaze the senses – each aspect, smell, sound, and taste you encounter is more inspiring than the last. Let your taste senses start the exploring by cooking and sampling the utterly unique cuisine of Morocco.

Moroccan food is an adventure on your table, it’s a different way of eating with different flavor combinations, including sweet and savory spices. It’s so different than any other food you’ll experience in the Mediterranean. Traditionally, everything is shared from the same pot, and there are no individual plates. Food means a lot more than just something you put into your body to get you through the day. It’s a part of life, and it brings people together.

Vegetables, spices, and meats aren’t cooked separately—everything is cooked together to extract as much flavor as possible. It’s all about the variety of flavors, to experience a maximum joy of eating – it’s love, it’s art.

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5. Discover The Sahara

The Sahara is just a few kilometers from Marrakech. To me, the Sahara seems like an infinite universe which hides all of earth’s secrets. A place where you can find silence and harmony. There are a few amazing camps to spend your night and let everything go. Check it out here

The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes. – Paulo Coelho ‘The Alchemist’

6. Craftsmanship in Marrakech

Still, some residents are practicing craftsmanship to it’s perfection. Looking for huge mirrors, fancy lamps or colonial furniture? Marrakech is your place.

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I had a wonderful time with amazing people. I can’t wait to come back to this astonishing city.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR – Hell Of A Ride!

Jaguar F-Type SVR – Introduction

Mephisto has interesting quote in Goethe’s Faust that somehow reminds me of the Jaguar F-Type SVR.

I am the Spirit that denies!
And rightly too; for all that doth begin
Should rightly to destruction run;
‘Twere better then that nothing were begun.
Thus everything that you call Sin,
Destruction – in a word, as Evil represent-
That is my own, real element.

Jaguar has recently presented their yet most powerful, fastest and loudest series model in history. Ladies and gentlemen, I think the Jaguar F-Type SVR has been built directly in hell. But let me explain why…
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No question, the F-Type belongs to my favorite cars since I drove it up to Gstaad. Already the F-Type S is a lot of fun and still one of the sexiest cars ever. But now Jaguar tops it again. Lately, Jag presented their yet fastest series model in history, the Jaguar F-Type SVR. It’s 50 Kg lighter, 25hp have been added and the exhaust noise just leaves you numb after a tunnel.

In figures? The F-Type SVR contains a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that produces 575bhp and 700nm of torque. That throws you from 0 – 100km/h in only 3,7 seconds with an earsplitting exhaust noise, I love this car!

The barking F-Type is fantastic to drive. The brakes have been adjusted, the eight-speed gearbox revised which turns the driving experience into a gentleman’s dream. The cat-like look with the fancy air-ducts and the aggressive spoiler is just tremendous.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR – Power meets comfort

I’m glad to tell you, it’s super comfy to drive on holiday with the F-Type SVR. The coupé version provides enough space to spend a week in Italy (including wine shopping, luggage for two people). The seats are very convenient and the car comes up with more options than you find in a usual sports car. Seat heating, cruise control, rear view cam, parking sensors, sat nav, a super entertainment and many more fancy options.

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Piemonte with the Jaguar F-Type SVR

What a dream to drive through a region like the Piemonte. Vineyards where ever you look at, the alps in the background and you’re cruising with this fire spitting car. We had such a wonderful time and really enough space for a week of holiday.

Besides… check out our Hotel recommendation. We keep going to this amazing place.

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Formula 1 Night Race With Singapore Airlines

My Journey With Singapore Airlines

Traveling is definitely one of my big passions. My whole life, I’ve been flying to the most beautiful spots on earth, because life is a wonderful path of adventures. Most of the time, I considered flying as a necessary instrument to bring you from A to B in the cheapest way possible. But let me tell you, flying Business Class with Singapore Airlines doesn’t feel like flying anymore, it’s far beyond that. I’ve traveled 30 countries now, but the flights to Singapore were the best two I had in my life, literally.

From the very moment you’re entering the airport, until you arrive at your preferred destination, it’s a totally different adventure. One of many outstanding facts, is the extraordinary service you’re experiencing when flying with Singapore Airlines. The cabin crew provides a lovely and terrific service to their customers.

The seats are the widest you can get in a business class booking, and with a height of 1,93 I had no issues sleeping like a baby – completely stretched. The food is fantastic, you’re being served with haute cuisine beef tenderloin. You can imagine, the flight of over 10 hours felt like heaven on a plane and unfortunately, it was over very quickly.

Remember waiting bored at the airport on an uncomfortable seat? Not happening when flying business class with SIA. You get the access to stay in their lounge with a delicious meal and a comfy seat.

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Singapore Formula 1 Night Race

The F1 Night race is probably the most spectacular race during the year. On such a race week-end the city turns into a big Formula 1 party. On our way from the airport to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, I already saw Singapore’s skyline and the lights of the track.

Later in the evening – even from far – you hear the first warm-up of the cars, which makes you excited to attend the race. Thousands of people are coming to see their favourite teams and drivers to corner around the racetrack. Rosberg was leading the run, skipped a pit stop at the very end to save some time, which allowed Ricciardo to get closer. A lap more and the race would have ended differently. It was very exciting and it’s the reason I love sports so much!

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Grand Hyatt Singapore

The Grand Hyatt is located closely to the shopping district in Singapore, a perfect Hotel to stay for any sorts of occasion. There is everything you need: comfort, space, a fantastic service, a large pool and brilliant spa treatments. A Hotel with the highest possible standards. I almost didn’t trust my eyes, the Deluxe Room is almost as big as my flat!

After three days of action, it was time to get a ‘Damai Spa Treatment’. The one-hour massage was superb, relaxation to the fullest.

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The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M

The stylish OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M – Master Chronometer – pays homage to OMEGA’s dive watch heritage. It’s the ideal smart casual watch for such an event.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean, with its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, features a polished black ceramic dial with Arabic numerals and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. Mounted on the 43.5 mm stainless steel case, is the world’s premiere black ceramic bezel with orange rubber. The diving scale of the bezel is crafted with Liquidmetal.

Other features include an alveol screw-in caseback and a black structured rubber strap with orange stitching and lining.

The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer is water resistant to 600 metres / 2000 feet / 60 bar, and has a helium-escape valve. The OMEGA Master Chronometer calibre 8900 at the heart of this timepiece can be seen through the transparent caseback.

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Discover Singapore

Of course there is a huge list of must-have-seen in Singapore. We went to see the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Marina Bay Sands and I cruised through the city with a Lamborghini Gallardo by Ultimate Drive.

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I will never forget my trip to Singapore. Attending a F1 race and flying there with the best rated airline was unbelievable in every way. Thanks for having me, I’m sure you will read more soon!

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Hotel Paradies – A Relaxing Hideaway

Hotel Paradies – Our Journey

For the first time in our lives we drove a vintage Ford Mustang to spend a week-end in Graubünden. The sun was out and we started our trip towards ‘Engadin’ in the late afternoon. A perfect day to ride convertible in a relaxed mood towards our destination – ‘Hotel Paradies’.

It requires some patience until you arrive at a place called ‘Ftan’, a hidden village very close to the border to Austria. The Hotel is wonderfully nestled in a terrific and quiet rural environment. It’s surrounded by mighty mountains and deep canyons where the water shines in a very unique way. On the way there, we came past plenty of tiny, sweet villages with a typical ancient Swiss architecture.

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Hotel Paradies – About The Place

The Hotel comes up with a warm and charming atmosphere. The fireplace in combination with the antique furniture turns it into an even cosier venue. During spring and summer you can spend your time outside on the sun terrace – ideal to smoke a cigar and enjoy the peaceful time. Our Hotel suite was huge, almost bigger than my flat. The free-standing bathtub, a rain shower plus the private garden and terrace make you feel like queen and king. The spa is up on the rooftop with loads of space – sauna and steam bath get nicely prepared whenever you like to use it.

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Hotel Paradies – The Food

Impossible to not talk about the outstanding, paradise-like food we had. It was extraordinary delicious. The ingredients for every single course get carefully selected from regional and organic food – astonishing. Each plate is manually prepared and marvellously decorated. The meat is from animals that had plenty of space and healthy food. The chef told me that he often selects them by himself. We were very happy with the huge wine selection – especially local ones from ‘Bündner Herrschaft’ – I had to take a case home.

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Chasa Da Fö – Cooking Cottage On 2’200m

Saturday evening, we were invited to join a cooking class very high up in the Mountains. The whole course was guided by Daniel Stütz  – one of the greatest cooks I have met so far and besides that, just a lovely person and a big all-knowing oracle what ever question you have.

We cooked the whole dish on a wood stove and he kept explaining every single detail. There are more cooking classes coming up – BOOK IT HERE

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Vintage Ford Mustang – The Ride

Oh trust me, I was kicked back to my times at the Silvretta Rallye. We had a great time with this vintage Ford Mustang. Thanks to my business partner we rented our first oldtimer. A 65′ convertible Ford Mustang. In case you’re close to Zurich – RENT YOUR OLDTIMER HERE

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A Gentleman’s Closing Word

‘Hideaway’ describes this place in it’s best possible way. It’s a marvellous spot to let your soul go and find peacefulness and silence. The food is hand selected and prepared with a lot of love – which makes this Hotel a real paradise.

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Villa Honegg And The New Jaguar F-Pace

Villa Honegg – Arrival and Welcoming at the Boutique Hotel

After being welcomed by the Director Mr. Durrer himself , the 5-star Superior Hotel felt like a home to us for the following days. With its 23 beautifully furnished rooms and the splendid spa area, at Villa Honegg you find privacy and relaxation in a unique setting. The staff remembering your name and preferences and us getting to know the other guests made our stay even more special.

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Villa Honegg – Innumerable reasons to stay

From the picturesque view over the breathtaking infinity pool and the courteous personnel to the boutique hotel’s homey and spacious rooms, Villa Honegg is the perfect place to stay for honeymooners, business people, adventure seekers, families or weekend-travellers like us.

Villa Honegg’s location in the heart of Switzerland above Lake Lucerne is very central and close to tourist and business destinations like Zurich or Lucerne. Nevertheless, the boutique hotel on Bürgenstock is remote enough to relax and switch off immediately after the arrival.

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Breathtaking View from the Terrace

The atmosphere on Villa Honegg’s terrace is absolutely mindblowing regardless whether at dusk or dawn. As the terrace faces east, the morning mood during breakfast or brunch (for all brunch-lovers: Villa Honegg’s substantial à-la-carte breakfast menu is available until 2pm!) – or even during an early morning swim at the infinity pool – is just divine. However on clear days, yet at dinner you get to watch the sunset from Villa Honegg’s dining terrace as the vibrant purple-red play of colours mirrors on the rocks across Lake Lucerne.

Would you like to visit this astonishing place? Book your room HERE

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Jaguar F-Pace Introduction

For the first time in Jaguar’s history, the brand has recently presented their new SUV. The F-Pace might arrive a decade later than it’s competitors – but frankly, who cares – SUV’s are still a massive trend all over Europe.

The front remembers of the other Jaguar models, it’s the look of an angry cat with its wide and sharp expression. As the model just came out, some people are seeing it for the first now that I am driving it and the reactions are immensely good! Jaguar designers should be celebrated for their curation of the F-Pace’s details!

Jaguar calls the F-Pace ‘a performance cross-over for people who love driving’ – and they’re absolutely right. I love to drive this car and every time I start the engine there is an excitement coming up. The new model competes directly with the Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan and of course the BMW X3. You can trust me when I tell you – it does it very well.

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The Jaguar F-Pace First Edition

I’m currently driving the most powerful diesel version of the Jaguar F-Pace. It’s a turbo charged 3.0 litre Diesel producing 300bhp and 700Nm torque!

Aluminum construction creates a rigid structure; sharp steering and fantastic body control – that ends up in much driving confidence. The interior is roomy and plenty of space is available for ski week-ends, or journeys of big families – no problem!

There is a huge list of features which are simply amazing and I’d like to mention them:

  • The huge panoramic roof brings a lot of light into the car, it can be opened any time
  • Extra large 22′ wheels? Come on, a cheeky and masculine detail of the F-Pace!
  • The touch screen got bigger, it’s easy to use and there is so much to configure
  • Ambiance light glows in the night and whilst driving through tunnels – a very luxury and fine made detail

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Jaguar F-Pace Front

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Jaguar F-Pace – Interior

The F-Pace’s interior is tactile and attractive. It looks and feels classy in a way only Jaguars does. Therefore it is far more special to sit in than a BMW X4 or Porsche Macan. What’s more, it’s easy to use. The satnav is just fantastic and works like a Swiss movement.  F-Pace has an extensive range of handpicked leathers and sophisticated finishes. These premium materials give F-Pace one of the most comprehensive interior choice in its class. This is your perfect opportunity to create a space that reflects your individual style.

Jaguar F-Pace Interior

A Gentleman’s closing words

We have spent a truly wonderful and relaxing week-end at Villa Honegg. On the road with the Jaguar F-Pace, one of the best SUV’s I drove so far. Thanks to the lovely team at Villa Honegg, we were treated in a typical Swiss way – the customer is king. The nobel-prize-worthy producers of the Jaguar F-Pace have done their job in the best possible way! What would a gentleman want more than such a perfect week-end?

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Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon

Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon- meine erste Oldtimer Rallye

Neulich nahm ich an meiner ersten Oldtimer Rallye teil – die Silvretta Classic Rallye im Montafon.

Wie jedes Kind träumte ich schon damals davon eines Tages einen Oldtimer zu fahren – oder ja sogar einen zu besitzen. Das Thema Oldtimer steht natürlich für jeden Gentleman hoch im Kurs. Es geht über das Sammeln der Fahrzeuge hinaus, dahinter versteckt sich ein Mythos, eine Passion fürs Leben. Es ist vielmehr als nur Autofahren.

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Meine Silvretta Classic Rallye ging an einem Samstag um 05:00 los. Früh morgens machte ich mich auf den Weg Richtung Partenen – im wunderschönen Montafon gelegen. Die Sonnenstrahlen drückten durch die Wolken als ich immer weiter ins in das Alpental fuhr. Natürlich kamen viele positive Erinnerungen hoch, wir waren ja bereits vergangenes Jahr im Löwen Hotel und verbrachten eine wunderbare Zeit.

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Silvretta Classic Rallye – Die Fahrt

Ein paar Tage vor dem Rennen kontaktierte mich die Motor Presse Stuttgart, um nachzufragen, womit ich gerne mitfahren möchte. An dieser Stelle ganz herzlichen Dank für die Unterstützung!

Nun, meine Wahl traf auf einen amerikanischen Oldtimer – den Cadillac 1958 Series 62 Coupé. Schon früh faszinierten mich amerikanische Oldtimer und noch heute weiss ich, dass ich eines Tages einen besitzen werde.

Was ich vor der Rallye nicht wusste, es war der grösste, längste und schwerste Teilnehmer der Silvretta Classic Rallye! 2,3 Tonnen Eigengewicht, 6 Meter Länge und 2,3 Meter Breite sind Masse eines LKWs! Der Cadillac hat einen typisch amerikanischen V8 Motor mit stolzen 300 PS, die Du nie brauchst, denn viel gemütlicher ist es, damit durch die Gegend zu cruisen. Man stelle sich vor, der Cadillac kommt mit einer simplen 3-Gang Automatik zurecht und verbraucht etwa 30L/100km – typisch US Oldtimer.

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Der Besitzer erzählte mir, dass es nur noch etwa 300 Stück dieses Modells gibt, seiner ist noch komplett in Originalzustand. Auf die Frage, wann er seinen Cadillac fährt: „natürlich bei praktisch jedem Wetter, dazu ist er ja da“.

Mit meinen 1,94m hatte ich jede Menge Platz auf der Rückbank, ein riesiges Fahrzeug – unglaublich! Über nasse Strassen, durch grüne Wälder, über die Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse düsend bis zum See. Die Gegend ist unendlich schön, türkis blaue Stauseen umgeben von Bergen und kurvigen Passstrassen. Wo immer wir entlang fuhren, die Menschen winkten auf allen Strassen. Während der Fahrt unterhielten wir uns über den Mythos Oldtimer, seine weiteren 16 Modelle und was es für eine Ehe bedeutet wenn der Gentleman ein solches Hobby pflegt. Inmitten dieses Abenteuers lässt es mich nachvollziehen wie viel Hingabe diese Passion bedeutet.

Meine Begeisterung hätte grösser nicht sein können, Oldtimer soweit das Auge reicht… Laute Motoren und so viele Schönheiten auf einem Platz! Natürlich mischen vorne einige richtig ambitionierte Fahrer mit, aber am Ende des Tages gilt: dabei sein ist alles!

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Einmal mehr habe ich eine Menge Interessantes gelernt, beispielsweise dass es einige Prüfungen gibt, die man während einer solchen Classic Rallye zu bestehen hat. Immer wieder hatten wir Zeitmessungen und Prüfungen, also nicht ganz easy das Ganze! Hier ein Beispiel:

Die OMEGA Globemaster

Meine Wahl war nicht schwer, für einen solchen Event geht nichts über eine elegante und klassische Uhr. Aber was verbindet einen Oldtimer mit der OMEGA Globemaster? Ein Oldtimer wird aufwändig gehegt und gepflegt, jedes Detail wird sorgfältig beachtet. Eines Tages schliesst sich der Kreis und der Vater vererbt dem Sohn seinen Oldtimer. Genau so ist es mit einer mechanischen Uhr, sie verliert den Wert nicht. Auch die Uhr wird sorgfältig restauriert und aufbewahrt, irgendwann wird man älter und vererbt sie in die nächste Generation. Und dies über Jahre hinweg. Es ist ein ideeller Wert, etwas das nie zu Ende geht und seinen Mythos und seine Geschichte wie eine Schatztruhe in sich wahrt. Wir leben in einer Zeit die sich kontinuierlich verändert, ständig werden Neuerungen präsentiert, aber wird es dadurch besser? Ich denke, es gilt die wahren Werte im Leben zu erhalten – diejenigen, welche über Generationen weiter existieren und die wir im Herzen tragen.

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Genau das ist es, was mich diese Tage so sehr berührte. Hier geht es nicht um finanzielle Werte der Fahrzeuge, sondern um die Passion, die Freude am Leben, um sein grösstes Hobby, worin man so viele Stunden investiert. Es geht darum, seinen Traum zu leben.

Die Stimmung war wirklich atemberaubend. Im Nachhinein kann ich Euch versichern, eines Tages an einer Oldtimer Rallye teilzunehmen – mit meinem Fahrzeug versteht sich. Ich habe zufriedene, entspannte Menschen getroffen, welche alle Dasselbe tun: Ihre Passion leben.

Montafon – die Region

Die Urlaubsdestination Montafon ist ein Eldorado für Naturliebhaber, Genießer und Sportler

Unberührte Bergwiesen und berühmte Gipfel – das Montafon hat alles, was den Bergurlaub zu einem echten Erlebnis macht. Und das für alle. Für Familien, Sportbegeisterte, Kulturinteressierte, Naturliebhaber und Genießer. Authentizität spielt dabei in allen Bereichen eine große Rolle.

Eine Region auf ganz natürliche und genussvolle Art zu entdecken. Im Montafon – einem Alpental im westlichsten Bundesland Österreichs – ist dies ohne Vorbehalte möglich. Die herrliche Landschaft des 39 km langen Tales mit elf Orten bietet genügend Platz für umfassende Freizeit- und Sportmöglichkeiten. Die insgesamt ca. 20.000 Gästebetten liegen zwischen 650 und 2.032 m Seehöhe. Das Angebot an Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten könnte vielfältiger nicht sein: Ferienwohnungen, Gasthäuser, Privatzimmer, Hotels oder direkt auf dem Bauernhof.

Die unberührte Landschaft ist Balsam für die Seele. Das Zusammenspiel der Natur mit Kunst und Kultur eröffnet neue Blickwinkel.

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The New McLaren 570GT – Along The Roads Of Tenerife

Introduction Of My Story

It’s one of these days when suddenly the phone rings and you’re asked if you wanna join the McLaren team on Tenerife to drive the new McLaren 570GT. My adventure started with a smooth flight, of course I was totally excited to smoke across the island and discover this beautiful car.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

Arrived At The Ritz Carlton Suite

The team booked the supreme suite with the new 570GT standing in the middle of deck. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, so I had to ask how they have managed to get it up there? Well, there was no helicopter on the island with enough power – at the end of the day the have used a huge crane to lift it on to the top of the Hotel – crazy!

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Over these days we had a very lovely team and wonderful food. Where ever and when ever we had all the support and help needed. I’d like to share a big thank you with the McLaren crew.

The New McLaren 570GT

With their new model – the 570GT – McLaren is presenting their yet most comfortable sports car. So what’s different? Basically the whole concept of building a sports car has been refined and made more luxury. The 570GT contains a touring deck with 220 litres of storage space, a panoramic roof, comfy beautiful leather seats and a Bowers & Wilkins sound system! The McLaren 570GT is an ultimate sports car experience. One that’s perfect for daily use, longer journeys and weekends away.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren is of course using a carbon-fibre chassis to make the model light and protecting. Yes, the result of using carbon-fibre is exceptional crash protection, outstanding dynamics and an unrivaled power-to-weight ratio.

So let’s talk about the performance! McLaren is using their twin-turbocharged 3.8 – Litre V8 which produces pretty mad 562BHP and 600NM torque. The sound of the 570GT is a bit less loud compared to the other models – that ensures the common theme of building a comfortable sports-car.

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The seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox belongs to most responsive gearboxes I’ve experienced so far. Pretty sick how detailed you can adjust every single detail. There are two options, both separately adjustable from each other. So you can switch the engine in sports mode but keep the handling in normal mode which is ending up in some fancy driving cocktails.

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Interstellar Travelling – Along The Roads Of Tenerife

The journey we had on this island, was beyond anything I have seen and felt. The diversity of our ride across the roads was otherworld-like. And that’s why I wrote some style of a poem to express what we have discovered.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

Deep in the Ocean of Time
Right into the layers of space
Dwelling through infinite dimensions

I’m here, paralyzed, under the vibrant sky.
Let go of past judgments
and embrace new paths of thoughts

Stormy waves across the coast
Along green woods and bendy roads
Up to the prideful volcano

Suddenly I’m reaching another planet, I’m diving into another universe
Lost in an abyss, only glimpses of far away stars, out of reach.
Is time an illusion, an interval or a passage?
Breathless by the emptiness and silence
On the darkside of the moon.

Rights by Ian Kuah – 9tro.com

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase

The moon inspires mankind since we exist, it speaks his own secret language. My mother once told me that one of my first words as a baby was ‘moon’ – and I always looked up astonished by it’s mystery.

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The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase means so much more than just a time indication to me. It’s my personal fascination for precision and perfection.

As well as beautifully measuring every moment on earth; this timepiece follows the phases of the moon, which makes perfect sense given that the Speedmaster was the first watch ever to be worn on the lunar surface.

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A brief astronomy lesson: a lunar month is not 30 days, but slightly more than 29.5 days. A difficult time-span to manage for a standard gear train, but OMEGA’s Moonphase is up to the task.

The ‘Master Chronometer’ movement is the yet most precise movement, tested at the industry’s highest level. And that’s exactly the reason why it harmonizes so wonderfully with the 570GT.

Interview with Wayne Bruce

Wayne Bruce is the Global Communications and PR Director. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions.

So you’re obviously not Batman, right?

No, it’s Wayne Bruce – not Bruce Wayne. But they call me ‘Man-bat’ in the UK

What was the goal by developing the McLaren 570GT?

It’s the most luxury McLaren that has been built yet. Means you can easily take it for a longer journey without any issues. It does take the brand into the ‘Gran Turismo’ territory for the first time in history, but it’s still very much a McLaren.

Some words about the future?

Sure, we just announced our business plan for the next 6 years. A few key points:

McLaren will stay self-funding and independent.

We’re going to invest a large proportion of our profits into future products which results in 15 new cars – half of them hybrid engines.

Describe a perfect gentleman

Of course he drives a silver McLaren 570GT (smiles). Being a gentleman is about politeness, understatement, tolerance of others and letting others go first.

Driving the McLaren 650S

After these endless roads and the tremendous beautfiul ride, I took the McLaren 650S to review a slightly faster and crisp model. I made some stopover at Los Gigantes.

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Now you have a chance to see me going mad in this car. And as well explain the details.

I’m very much looking forward to my next adventure with McLaren, I’m pretty sure we will have a look into the McLaren production soon!

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Australia Traveling

We have recently traveled to Australia – a journey that felt like a surreal happy dream.

Sydney Opera House

Why Australia?

Discovering Australia should absolutely be on every bucket list.
The country comes up with so much diversity… 
Never ending roads, dry desert, wild animals, infinite coasts and astonishing beaches.

It feels like the country has so many secrets but won’t tell you all of them – even if you spend your whole life there. There is sort of a mystery, a sublime energy hidden in every rock and every drop of water.

Some things we will never forget

    • To all the lovely / wonderful people we met and visited: thank you for hosting us and for making our stay absolutely phenomenal! during the whole time we were in great company and we had a fantastic time down under!

    • The food was delicious where ever we went

    • Australia is producing some great wine – we enjoyed a couple of nice glasses

    • We still can’t forget the outstanding coffee experiences in Australia!

Australia Travel Recommendations

Sydney ambiance

Sydney definitely belongs to the most amazing cities I have visited so far. During our stay we had the chance to discover the opera house, take a boat out on the harbor and hang out at Bondi Beach. There are a lot of hidden cafés with excellent food to enjoy!

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Love Cabins – Blue Mountains

After an unforgettable 3 hours trip from Sydney, we finally arrived at the Blue Mountains. Trees, apple fields and pure nature where ever you go.

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Due to a friends recommendation we have booked one of the biggest adventures I have done so far. In the middle of deep forrest pretty far away from civilization there is the ‘Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse Resort’

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Yes, you’re reading right. A hidden place – about an hour ride to the next grocery story in the middle of the jungle. Some crazy guys have built very comfortable tree houses. You’re just alone there, without any mobile connection, tv and all those kind of things. So you turn into Adam and Eva, naked and in peace. Back to the roots so to say. We have experienced a lot of peace and harmony there.

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Along the coast of Australia

Traveling up the Coast from Sydney to Brisbane was a unique experience. As this is a very popular route, we first weren’t sure whether to do it since we don’t like to do things too mainstream. To our favor, the popularity of this route brings the advantage that you have a wide range of beautiful destinations to stay at and of things to do.

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After leaving Sydney we discovered the biggest moving sand dunes of the southern hemisphere – well who would have thought, not in Africa but in Port Stephens, 200km north of Sydney. These dunes are not very well known by overseas tourists yet and seem quite untouched. It was therefore an even more special experience to ride them by quad bikes with a very small group and no other people around.  

Often it’s the unexpected that characterizes a journey. Whilst Heading further up the coast on the pacific highway, sometimes you take a bend and from one second to another you get spoiled with an astonishing view over the ocean or over the infinite bush land. We kept coming across dozens of marvelous secret beaches.

Byron Bay

The creative and ‚back-to-the-roots’ lifestyle in Byron Bay, a trendy growing town in northern New South Wales, straight away caught us. As soon as we arrived we felt very welcomed in Byron and we were surprised by the divine bungalows, restaurants and cafés went to. Creativity really seems to be born there

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island belongs to the Great Barrier Reef and comes up with deep sky blue water that shines like diamonds combined with beaches that are past all belief.

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We loved the Qualia Resort with it’s infinity pool.

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The island has a few really cool sports to do like kayaking or wakeboarding.

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Travelling is one of the most precious things in the world. Pretty much nothing else in this world teaches you more than travelling.

And that’s exactly why you shouldn’t wait. Do it. Travel often and mother earth will show you all its beautiful sides.