high-tech wine storage for the rarest vintages in the world
Find out how our cooperation partner store the rarest and most sought-after vintages in the world under the strictest safety conditions at the foot of the Bavarian Alps.
When the Unger Weine storage cellar was being built in Frasdorf, a tiny village in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, a local approached Michael Unger, the company’s co-founder, and gazed at the vast hole being hewn out of the limestone and marble rock. This, he determined, must be something for the military: no one would spend eight months digging a hole like this just for wine.
Nowadays the comments are rather different. Above ground stands an elegant, traditional Bavarian house, with sloping roofs, timber walls and latticed balconies looking out over the meadows. As well as the offices of a wine-trading business recognised as one of Europe’s finest, it serves as a picturesque venue for tasting events and hospitality. Our cooperation partner Unger Weine has been one of the leading companies in the premium wine and rarity trade for over 25 years.
Unger Weine has always been committed to high-quality wines, at the beginning with a different focus though. It all started at the family home with two brothers sharing an 8-square-meter office equipped with brand new leather office chairs, which still do their job 25 years later. They packed the wines in the cellar using newspaper and diaper boxes from their parents’ pharmacy. Back then they already had a reputable cellar and perfect storage conditions.
In 1994 they took all their efforts to build a 120-square-meter cellar just underneath the adjoining garden, space, they couldn´t imagine ever outgrowing. Five years later, there was already a second cellar. In 1999 they moved the office to the neighboring building and hired their first employees. The staff grew and the office filled quickly, the cellar even more so. As the in-house logistics became more and more complicated, they had to make a decision: outsourcing or coming up with an all-round in-house solution. After almost five years of planning, development and construction, they finally moved to Frasdorf in fall 2006, a building typical of the area with a traditional Alpine style, equipped with large and perfectly air-conditioned under-surface storage. In fall 2015, finally the most extensive construction section to date was finished – the “Zuhäusl”. Realizing this project had proven to be a big challenge because of the difficult geological conditions and sheer size of the project. After many years of planning and more than two years being under construction, Unger Weine today covers several thousand square meter of underground storage space, comparable with only the best wine producers worldwide.
Since January 2016, Unger Weine also offers their customer the opportunity to store their wines with UNGER WEINE – DER KELLER, offering the highest possible storage quality and security. In these cellars there is a variety of the rarest and most sought-after vintages in the world - those wines that require security measures, similar to those of a bank vault. For wine storage, climate is everything: if humidity is too low, or the temperature too high, evaporation through the cork or oxidation from air seepage can cause the ruination of a fine vintage.
This promise of quality and performance to customers forms the basis for the partnership between Unger Weine and Mercedes-AMG. Through the partnership, AMG customers can enjoy legendary vintages, unique pieces and wine rarities from almost all major wine-growing regions of the wine world at exclusive and individually selected events.