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.
RVF – March 2020
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Michael Paetzold was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, very near the French border. His wonderful story, which is so important for the present and future of the French vine & wine industry, began when his brewer parents moved to Fontainebleau in France. He did a French baccalaureate at the international high school, then studied oenology under Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon in Talence. Theoretical oenology did not appeal; given his temperament, he wanted to do more than consulting – but he already loved wine, and dreamed of preserving all its qualities along the perilous path to bottling.
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