On October 17, 2013, a Riesling Lounge was opened in the Freudenhaus restaurant in Hamburg on the initiative of the German Wine Institute (DWI). It has won many wine lovers over with a wide range of local wines on the menu.
Restaurant owner and chef Mathias Storm is honored by the choice of his restaurant as a Riesling Lounge and remains committed to the highest quality. "We have always relied on regional products. In addition to our modern German cuisine, German wines make a significant contribution to the success of our establishment”explains Storm. The Riesling Lounge is a perfect addition to the St. Pauli Wine Club, which meets regularly on its premises.
DWI Marketing Director Steffen Schindler praised the restaurant’s great commitment to local wines in his speech at the opening event. “Alongside Riesling, that gives the Lounge its name, the Freudenhaus restaurant offers a wide variety of wines from many German growing regions. It therefore fully corresponds to our Riesling Lounge concept, with which we want to introduce people from outside the wine regions in a contemporary way to the wines from German cellars.” Riesling Lounges initiated by the German Wine Institute are already in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hanover and Mainz and as Schindler emphasized, the DWI is now receiving an increase of interest in establishing Riesling Lounges in other German and international cities.
Mathias Storm is looking forward to a good cooperation with the DWI and “filling the Hamburg Riesling Lounge with life". At the opening, moderated by sommelier Carsten Laade, the wineries Gehrig, (Pfalz), Balthasar Ress (Rheingau), Immich-Batterieberg (Mosel) and Knebel (Mosel) presented their excellent wines to the numerous guests - despite it being the middle of harvest.