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Wedding at Schlumberger. Photo: © pedagrafie
Sekt production in historic arches. Photo: © Schlumberger
Discover the sparkling richness of Schlumberger A wedding without the right drink to clink glasses with is unimaginable. Austrian brand Schlumberger has perfected this drink in a variety of ways. Offering a wide array of sparkling wines, the company is established at home and way beyond and can look back on a long and successful history. Today, Schlumberger is not only able to provide the perfect Sekt (sparkling wine), but is also enchanting visitors with its one-of-a-kind visitor centre and event location, Kellerwelten. TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS I PHOTOS: SCHLUMBERGER
Looking at this incredible history, one is immediately assured that there are experts at work. More than 175 years ago, the first beverage was produced in Schlumberger’s cellars in accordance with the Méthode Traditionnelle, which is synonymous with the French Champagne method. However, while the French can call their beverage Champagne, the Austrians are not allowed to do so as their Sekt is not based on wine from the Champagne region. In 52 | Issue 44 | November 2016
fact, Schlumberger Sekt is a true Austrian product, using local grapes and wine, which is processed in Vienna and Bad Vöslau and poured into bottles manufactured in Austria. Not without pride, this is why Schlumberger is able to label all its bottles with the lettering Austrian Sekt. 200 years ago The story of the brand began in 1841 in Stuttgart, Germany, where Robert Alwin
Schlumberger was born. After the death of his father he was forced to break away from his studies and become a merchant. In this profession he travelled to France, where he was employed at a Champagne winery. During his time there he was able to go from cellarer to production manager, but when he fell in love with his now wife he relocated to Austria to be with her. This is where an unparalleled success story begins. In Austria, Schlumberger founded his own company, producing his own Sekt, and when he was able to get one of his products on the wine list for the Queen and King, he become purveyor to the Royal Household. The rest, as they say, is history. Generations came and went, but Schlumberger Sekt stayed the same and today the affirmation for the
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