Michael Paetzold is an entrepreneur and designer who has a hint of Miele about him – with an aversion to built-in obsolescence. Paetzold is the name, marked incongruously on the corrugated sheet metal of a grey shed in wine country, alongside the A62 motorway. It’s the name of a wine-industry inventor. The man from the Sarre, six feet four and affable in manner, explains why he invents oenological procedures that never distort the wine.
En Magnum – Sept. 2018
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Wine is an amazing world. Every day, its diversity casts a spell. On my most recent trip to the South-West, in Madiran, I didn’t regret my day with winemaker and négociant Lionel Osmin. What a dynamic young man he is! He and his chum Damiens Sartori, an engineer and oenologist, had no vines but were mad about wine. Influenced by the epic tale of Vins de Vienne, the two mates decided to reinvent the South-West – supporting several estates in harvesting, production, bottling, and sometimes even selling their wine.
Imagine an oenologist who’s also an entrepreneurial inventor, with a consulting and custom-manufacturing business using the most advanced winemaking technologies (he has nearly 40 patents to his name), with clients including top grand crus in the Bordeaux area and elsewhere.