Our colleagues over at the Stoelzle Prestige Spirits Group are among the world’s leading manufacturers of prestige bottles for premium spirits and liquors. They have an exceptional design team who have expertise in both standard glass and any unique design needs. Their experienced team of designers work closely with clients, taking elegant concepts and producing outstanding products. All their departments work collaboratively, using their combined skill and knowledge to bring your ideas to life.
They know that with premium products, brand and bottle come hand-in-hand and their team of experts are equipped to support you through your design journey. Whether you are a client who desires a full packaging solution or simply product development, be it bottle, brand, labelling, stoppers and exclusive touches, the team at our Prestige Spirits Group can fulfill all your design needs.
Rüdiger Eilers, Director of Education at New York’s The Sommelier Society of America sharing some Stölzle love with students from their most recent wine education class. The SSA was founded in 1954 and is exclusively based in New York City. We do not offer our certification course or advanced tasting workshops outside the city. Instead of multiple levels, the SSA certification program covers a broad foundation, and their deductive tasting method is compatible to what is taught in the WSET Level 4 and CMS Advanced programs.
The SSA does not require any prerequisite courses to enter their programs where they discuss every major wine region on the planet, review current market trends that are relevant to sales as well as train their students on notable and challenging vintages.
If you’re in the New York City area and are interested in upping your knowledge of wines and networking with other kindred spirits, you can find out more information on their various programs by visiting their website:
The winners of the German Packaging Award 2021 were announced on July 27th and our company's overall expertise in glassware continues to shine through.
The premium liquor bottle 4X50 R.N.P. Superior Premium Rum, which is manufactured by Stoelzle, was honored for its successful overall concept in the design & processing category. In their judgment, the jury agreed that both the glass bottle and the outer carton box underline perfectly the product’s value and also score points with the sustainability of the materials used.
Here's the jury evaluation had to say:
"This noble rum bottle made of solid white glass in perfect brilliance impresses with a luxurious leather label that runs in the recess provided from the front label field over the bottom to the back of the bottle. The noble brass closure rounds off the high-quality appearance. The rum bottle is produced fully automatically and stands out due to its unique broad-shouldered bottle shape, which creates a masculine presence according to the target group. A special recycled cardboard was chosen for the outer packaging, which gives an idea of the shape of the bottle."
Congratulations to our Prestige Spirits Group.
Here's a bit more of the specifics on this award-winning project:
We are always extremely proud to be a part of a group of companies that lead the way when it comes to innovation, technology and creativity. Here's another great example!
Recently, our sister company - Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie – showcased the upgrades made to their French production site Stoelzle Masnières with a new furnace, new equipment, new robots and packaging automatization. A brand-new 5th production line for prestige spirits and cosmetics has recently started operation.
Here’s a brief video showing the new look investments made:
1. Can you give us a brief background on the Sommelier Society of America? When did it start and why? What are its goals? What type of people make up your students – are they industry professionals or simply people interested in wine?
The Sommelier Society of America was founded in 1954 in New York City by a group of sommeliers that wanted to socialize within their cadre; they also wanted to be recognized as uniquely accomplished wine professionals. By creating this professional organization for sharing and exchanging wine knowledge, they also increased the value of their position, their wages and tips. As the Society’s membership grew, they formalized wine education into courses for sommeliers to advance their careers, passionate consumers began taking the courses. Today, mostly industry professionals take our Course, but every session we always have students who are looking for a career change or have a love of wine and want to learn more and be around those who share their passion.
2. What kinds of subjects will students from your program become familiar with?
We cover every wine production region on the planet, with lectures, presentations and benchmark wine selections – all instructed by working sommeliers and wine professionals – nothing is left out of our 23 week Course!
3. During the pandemic, have you had to adjust your learning or make changes to your curriculum?
We had just begun the spring 2020 session when everything shut down; we asked our students if they would like to continue in a virtual classroom, and they did, so we set that up immediately. Fortunately our schedule coincided with phase three of the reopening and we were able to hold in person tasting classes with safety protocols strictly in place. We also worked with our partners to provide a virtual wine tasting. Everyone came together to continue to provide the highest level of wine education. Currently we are in our third session on virtual classes, with great success. In fact we will continue to offer a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person.
4. What impact has working with Stolzle had on the overall experience of your students?
Introducing Stolzle glassware to our students has been an enormously beneficial part of wine education. Right from the first day of class we have all Stolzle glassware samples and decanters displayed. It’s inspiring. Then to taste wines throughout the session further established the significance of glassware and how it enhances the tasting experience.
5. How can people find out more about the Sommelier Society of America?
We are in session virtually all year long, so we are always available to answer any questions about our Course. Visit our website or our posts on social media:
@sommsociety on Instagram
Facebook: The Sommelier Society of America
For more than 130 years, the hands of our factory artisans have been producing some of the finest glassware for top hotels, restaurants, vineyards, sommeliers and certainly for the home consumer.
Below is a short video detailing our company’s heritage and our innovation through the years to keep our products at a quality level that we can always be proud of.
More smiles on more faces.
Great WSJ.com article on the basics of tasting wine and developing one's nose and palette. Author Lettie Teague does a great job of taking much the "stuffiness" out of the world of wine and making it all so very approachable. Approachability is something that we believe in, as well.
In fact, approachability is something we strive to put into every wine glass (and, frankly, any glass) that we produce. Our factory artisans in Weiswasser, Germany have been doing that for 130+ years. Wine is for enjoying and knowing what wines you enjoy. Our job is to produce high-performance glassware to bring out the very best in your favorite wines.
Author Teague is correct in citing Homer's quote "The journey is the thing." We'd like to think having the right wine glass helps to make the journey not only a bit easier, but a bit more enjoyable, as well.
More smile on more faces.
You can read Lettie Teague's article by visiting:
Stoelzle Oberglas wins the Styrian TRIGOS sustainability award
Birgit Schalk, Sustainability Manager at the Stoelzle Glass Group, is glad that the winning project “Prestige Recycling Glass” has gained such significant recognition: “The challenge is to continuously improve the energy-intensive process of glass production AND at the same time keeping the glass quality at a consistently high level. With our new batch formula, we have closed the gap between the highest quality and sustainability and have been producing brilliant, color-stable white glass with at least 20% PCR since autumn 2020, which saves 20% of natural raw materials, 4% energy and around 16% CO2. Accompanied by a quality assurance concept to maintain the high-quality glass color, we are now working on both gradually increasing the cullet content and further optimizing the glass color and batch. "
The jury also underlined the importance of the Stoelzle initiative "Green Knowledge", which was launched in autumn 2020 as part of the Stoelzle Academy: In six virtual workshops, more than 100 interested Stoelzle employees learned from external lecturers with regard to the topic of "Climate Change - Myth, Risks and Opportunities”.
Renowned award for sustainable business
The TRIGOS is Austria's most renowned award for responsible management and has been awarded annually since 2004 on a national level and at regular intervals at the level of the federal states, as well. The award recognises companies for their excellent leadership roles and as a role model for responsible management and sustainability. Those companies clearly contribute to the future growth of the Austrian economy, society and the environment.
Read more about the winners!
It’s true that many of our wine glass collections are award-winning. But we also love it when our barware receives recognition as best in class, as well. So, we are thrilled to have our New York Barware as a winner of the 2021 Tableware International Awards of Excellence in the Barware category. and was formally announced on last week.
With more than 175 entries this year from the world’s leading brands we are incredibly proud that the international judging panel has chosen Stolzle as the winners for the Barware category.
Stolzle Export Manager Jan Zschiesche commented on the award, “We always proud when our products are recognized as glassware is category filled with so many excellent companies. Having our New York Collection chosen for this year’s Tableware International Awards of Excellence is a special honor for two reasons. First, this award is in the Barware category, a category that so many people are now discovering Stolzle’s skill and expertise. Secondly, Our Manhattan and Club designs within the New York Barware series also showcases the great decoration range and capabilities of Stolzle’s factory artisans.”
Today, Stölzle Lausitz GmbH has maintained its independence, even within the company Group Stölzle-Oberglas AG. For more than 130 years, Stolzle has been developing new products and processes independently at its factory in Weißwasser, Germany. Today, Stolzle is one of the biggest producers of glassware in Germany.
The Tableware International Awards of Excellence features 15 different categories and a Lifetime Award winner each year. The categories range from dinnerware to coffee and tea ware, from barware to hospitality glassware, to innovative dinnerware and more. Judges for the awards include designers, retailers, hospitality professionals, and category experts from all corners of the globe.
While its true that the creative talents of the Prestige Spirits Group of our sister company, Stoelzle Glass Group, may inspire your spirits, it also inspires our team at Stoelzle Lausitz to keep our glassware development in top form, as well.
After all, our Stoelzle Glass Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-end bottles for premium spirits and liquors. Stoelzle also has great expertise in both custom design and standard glass containers. It is through their Innovation Team, which consists of designers working closely with the clients, taking their beautiful concepts and producing outstanding products. Great creative ideas, executed flawlessly, producing an exclusive touch of luxury which can be added to all products in decoration.
So proud of the inspiration our sister company brings to so many.
This time Jay's pick is just a little bit unusual, so you'll definitely want to hear what Jay has to say on this one!
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