A winemaker in the Bavarian state of Baden-Württemberg has created a series of engraved bottles with a unique inscription: ‘I give up my life to win’.
It was a dream that was not realised.
A winemaker by the name of Wolfgang Kielenberg first started making wine in 2013.
It took him four years to produce the first batch of 500 bottles.
He sold them off for around $5 each, and in 2016, he opened the Kielenburg Wineshop.
A month later, the business was shut down after the German government’s decision to cut subsidies for small wineries.
The company’s main focus now is to focus on growing his winemaking business and helping other winemakers around the world to survive.
Kielenberg is now using the bottles to raise awareness about the plight of small winemakers and his hope that one day he can help them survive.
He said that after a year of hard work, his dream had come true.
He told Al Jazeera: ‘When I opened the shop I had the idea of a glass bottle, but I was worried about the impact of the glass bottles on the environment and the impact on the workers who were working there.
I thought: ‘No, I’ll just put it on a shelf and leave it there.”
I am convinced that the bottles are a symbol of what I want for my business and the people who work for me.’
I believe that the symbolism of the bottles will help me to raise my spirits and I want to help others.’
The wines in the Kileenberg’s wine cellar are produced using local vineyards in Bavaria and are kept at a temperature of around 60 degrees Celsius.
The wine is made from the fruit of a local tree, and the label of the bottle reads: ‘Gran sich selbst das Vierte Kielberg, so geld selbsten nicht.
Alle Riesen und selbste.'(I give everything to win.
I give everything for myself.)’
I do not want to give away my company, but if you come here and you see me, I will give you something for nothing.’
The Kileenburg Winemakers also makes wine for private events and a restaurant.’
We use wine for our own business, and for other people to enjoy the wines.’
He told Aljazeera.
‘This is a way of saying thank you.’
I have not bought any of the wine from the vineyards, but the winemakes are the ones who have the experience and know what they are doing.’