SINE QUA NON : A REAL AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY
Sine Qua Non holds a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. In the California wine landscape, Manfred Krankl and his wife Elaine are notable characters.
Sine Qua Non, it's a real American success story.
Manfred leaves his Austria for California at the beginning of the 80s. He goes on odd jobs, opens his first restaurant, then a second, then another.
But his passion is wine. He bottles his first jets for himself and his friends. Driven by the latter, he released four and a half barrels in 1994. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, awarded him 95/100 for his first vintage, and the Sine Qua Non story started.
Faced with the meteoric spread of their know-how, the Krankl resell their restaurants to devote themselves fully to wine. From 2004, they began to cultivate their own vines and gradually stopped buying grapes from other winegrowers, while Robert Parker became their first ambassador by chaining the 100/100.
Robert Parker says with ease
"Manfred is one of the most creative and multidimensional winemakers on planet Earth. "
Sine Qua Non, it is also the excellence of the Rhône grape varieties
Exit the Pinot Noir which made its reputation. Sine Qua Non focuses on Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne in particular.
Today Sine Qua Non is 3,500 cases per year, a drop in the ocean for Californian wines.
It’s an assumed strategy of Manfred Krankl:
"I prefer to make a bottle of wine for $ 3 million, rather than 3 million bottles for a dollar."
And as each vintage is different, each label will be different, always imagined by Manfred. This art, music and motorbike enthusiast is brilliant in all areas.