WINETALK: Marc Andre Hugel (Famille Hugel)
Guys. It is February. How did this even happen? I remember I was sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar in Melbourne just several months ago. What has this #adulting done to me?
So anyway if you have been following us on Instagram, you should have noticed that Marc-Andre from Famille Hugel or Marko (he said I can call him that- we’re best buds now) flew to Singapore last weekend! I’ve been researching and writing up on his marketing collaterals since a couple of weeks ago, so to be honest I was pretty excited when he was finally here!
It’s such a different story when you actually get to meet the winemaker himself. I even got to hang out with him over some cocktails and beers!
Famille Hugel was founded in 1639, in this little town of Riquewihr in Alsace. They are a 100% family business and have been running the show generation after generation. Marc-Andre (Marko) and his cousin, Jean-Frederic represent the 13th generation of Hugel winemaking.
Ok, so I’m just going to jump into the star of my blog post; Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2010. GUYS. THIS. IS. GREAT.
This was different. It doesn’t have that strong acidity you get in normal whites but it is still crisp, light, balanced and on top of that.. my absolute favourite; you get that beautiful flowery scent and because it has a hint of sweetness to it as well, it goes so so well together. I had a sip and turned to my colleague, Shiya and we nodded our heads in agreement (haha!)
This is the type of wine that would be perfect for weddings. It’s just such an elegant wine. So precious, sweet and drinking naturally just puts a smile on your face. I really think you’ll agree with me too.
So I spoke to Marko more about his family, the brand and basically had a wine 101 and what I’ve learnt is that, Famille Hugel is more than just a brand. It is generations upon generations of hard work, pushing through boundaries, trials and errors and sacrifices.
“Always keep the faith” Marko says. “If you lose your faith and hope, you’ll lose your soul and you cannot keep going then”
And I couldn’t agree more.
I threw one last question to Marko. I asked, “So, what’s next?” and his reply was,
“To keep the energy and spirit of the wine so I can continue the legacy of the family.”
I’m personally excited to see what’s next for Famille Hugel and definitely have so much more to get around to!
Have a good weekend everyone!
P.S. We are having a wine warehouse sale TODAY!!! This means sales items up to 70% off everything! Perfect chance to grab some bottles for CNY or even to get ready for Valentine’s Day! With 200 over labels, you’ll be spoilt for choices. There’s even selected bottles for wine tasting! Details are all below, come one come all!
Date: 3-4 Feb | Sat and Sun
Time: 10am to 5pm
Address: 23 Tagore Lane 787601
Strictly CASH payment only! No NETS.
Credit card payment for purchases above $200.
On-site parking is available; parking charges applies.