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Roland Brunner loves Italian wine. He was born in Franconia, and it was the wine from Italy, or more precisely: its sale, that brought him to the Upper Palatinate. Roland studied social sciences, but that interested him much less at university than travelling in the Italian wine world.

Roland Brunner In 1985, he drew the consequence: He opened a wine shop in Regensburg. Wein-Plus was looking for a person responsible for South Tyrol at the end of 2007. He was interested in this, and he got along very well with Utz. It simply fit. Since then, Roland regularly informs the vintners there about the work of Wein-Plus and on the other hand, he reports about the wine country South Tyrol and its developments in the Wein-Plus magazine.

He describes himself as "conservative in the best, because progressive". Music is his second passion after wine, and there he prefers to listen to the sound of the 1960s and 1970s. His favorite bands include Humble Pie, The Who, Cream, the Rolling Stones, and blues in almost any form. When it comes to football, he has remained true to his Franconian homeland: Roland is a Nuremberg fan, "even if that's sometimes hard to bear - but after all, you can't choose that as a real fan."

Since when have you been using Wein-Plus?

Before I met Utz Graafmann, I only knew the name. But since I joined, I use Wein-Plus privately and for my business. Above all, the wine descriptions are very important to me - but less the ratings. Numbers don't interest me very much, even if they give me an orientation. Moreover, the glossary is very helpful for me because I can find an answer to almost every question there - and, by the way, also to questions of my customers. I also enjoy reading the articles in the magazine to broaden my horizons.

What impressions do you remember of Italian wine in your student days? What fascinated you so much back then that it shaped your life?

They were mostly modest quality wines by today's standards that I could afford back then. But I always found some that thrilled me - sometimes despite, sometimes because of their rough edges. The biggest fascination for me was always the connection of the wine to its origin. For me, enjoying a good wine is at the same time a journey to where the wine comes from and what has made it what it is now.

When did you decide to sell only organic wines in your Enoteca Italiana - and why?

That's not entirely true, even though the website currently gives that impression. I also have conventional wines in my assortment, but I always make sure that my suppliers are open for sustainable management in the ecological sense. If this is also certified, all the better.

Musically, you love the sound of the 1960ies and 1970ies. Please name three of your favorite Italian winemakers - and the album that goes with them.

That's a difficult task, because all the vintners in my range are among my favorites, and because there are many more than three of them in the music, too. But well: here's an attempt:

Lucio Canestrari of Fattoria Coroncino in the Marche - "Smokin'" by Humble Pie Earthy blues-rock, snotty, cheekily played with a sense of the essential. No superfluous sound, no superfluous instrument can be heard on "Smokin". On this album, Humble Pie bring the soul of the basically simple songs to life and give them depth. At the same time, the band is loose. Some songs begin with hearty laughter. Lucio Canestrari, who describes himself as a "wine troubadour", is also a person who likes to laugh, while pursuing his work with joy and at the same time great seriousness. The results are individual interpretations of the white wine Verdicchio, which bring to the point what this great grape variety is all about: fullness, elegance, earthy minerality, southern warmth and an enormous longevity.

Garlieder Winery from South Tyrol - "Eat a Peach" by the Allman Brothers Band With a lot of drive and dynamics, the Allman Brothers interpret blues classics on "Eat a Peach" and give them a new face without robbing the songs of their identity. At the same time they show what they are capable of with their own compositions. Christian Kerschbaumer interprets the classic varieties of his growing region, the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol, in a biodynamic way and shows with his style what these varieties are made of. And with his mash-fermented "Hautnah" wines, he creates exciting new growths that have it all.

Filippo Antonelli from Umbria - Album 'Best of Willi Dixon' Willi Dixon and Filippo Antonelli are - Dixon was, because he is already dead - self-confident experts who never have to prove anything to anyone. Both are characterized by a great versatility and openness, which makes the music as well as the wines exciting and interesting. Both show off without showing off - with charm, self-confidence and nonchalance. Willi Dixon combined blues with jazz and swing, thus taking the heaviness and sadness out of the blues. Filippo Antonelli produces an austere, tannic, often bulky Sagrantino di Montefalco, which is at the same time pleasant to drink. Both created and still create timeless classics - Filippo Antonelli hopefully for a long time.

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