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Visit of the President of Poland to Riquewihr and Hugel


A prestigious visit on September 13, in the middle of our busiest time of harvest...
André Hugel president of the Riquewihr historical society was on duty for the tour of town (picture above) and of the Hugel premisses, including a family photo with Etienne in front of Sainte Caterine cask followed by a brief tasting of Riesling Jubilee 2005 and Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2003.
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife were absolutely charming, as were the entire delegation of ministers and key officials, all were absolutely amazed to see we had a Hugel brochure in Polish, the President took an extra copy with him, sign of his interest for wine.
He said Poland can compete with Russia on Vodka, with Germany on beer but against those wines they have nothing "local" to offer...
Our proud Polish agents, Centrum Wina immediately commented: Looks like the Head of Poland is interested in the breaking the current dominancy of beer and spirits and bringing wines under the roofs of the average Polish household.
Let's drink to that...
The President kindly signed our visitors' book and left a note in Polish which we should soon have translated
Everyone received a gift of some Hugel wines with a card that mentions the contact details of Centrum Wina in Warsaw...we cannot only give away wines, sometimes we need to sell some ;-)

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