Schatzi n. (SHOT-zee). From German, a diminutive of schatz, a term of endearment, literally and figuratively “little treasure.” Casually, schatzi is a term meaning a close friend—someone with whom you have fun, confide in and trust.
Just arrived to Tenzing are the imports from Champagne, Austria and Germany.
From Schatzi's website:
"Schatzi Wines is an alternative importer and distributor, strengthening the connection between wine grower and wine drinker. Our producers have a clear voice in what is available in the US market; they have access to pricing as well as our customer base. We operate with integrity and transparency, in direct collaboration with growers, to bring the best wines to you at the best possible prices.
We believe in:
• honest and direct communication
• cultivating a small and focused portfolio
• a commitment to stateside inventory
• leaner margins
• uncompromising service from grower to glass
After 13 years of running a large national wine sales division, I was inspired to work with a more direct and focused import model. In partnership with my closest friend, Johannes Leitz, I started Schatzi Wines in 2014—a company that reflects our collective business ideals.
Schatzi is dedicated to working alongside growers to bring great wines to the market. Currently, the portfolio consists of Leitz (Rheingau), Dreissigacker(Rheinhessen), Dr. Heger (Baden) and R. Pouillon (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ). Collaborating closely with our growers, we can shrink margins and offer more diverse selections. This model benefits the grower, importer, distributor, wine shop, sommelier and consumer. We will continue to grow the portfolio intimately and organically, representing wines that respect the earth and give voice to terroir—wines we care about and feel connected to.
Joining our team are Daniel Weber and Hayley Johnson. Dan has over a decade of experience in the New York retail trade; Hayley has worked in several of San Francisco’s top restaurants and has spent the last year tending vines in the Rheingau. Together we bring a unique perspective and understanding to the business of wine.
Schatzi Wines will work with other schatzis, because life is too short to do otherwise. This applies to winemakers who understand and support our vision—who want a stronger voice regarding how their wines are represented in the United States—and to distributors, restaurants and retailers who seek authentic, hand-crafted, terroir-driven wines at a fair price."