SPARKLING WINE - A BUBBLING PLEASURE

BUSSARD - GERMANY'S SECOND OLDEST SPARKLING WINE PRODUCER

Sparkling wine from Saxony is among the most traditional in the whole of Europe. As early as 1827 the head forester of Bredow made a first attempt to produce "effervescent wine" in Lößnitz on Minkwitzsch land. Almost a decade later in 1836 Ludwig Pilgrim, Georg Schwarz and Friedrich Sickmann, together with other financially strong Dresden citi-zens, founded a factory for "effervescent wine" as a public limited com-pany at number 44 Moritzburg Street in Radebeul. 37,000 bottles of sparkling wine made from local Burgundy were already produced in the first year.

FRENCH CONNECTION IN RADEBEUL

Saxony was soon able to secure the "savoir-faire" of the Grande Nation with regards to sparkling wine. Monsieur Camuset from Champagne was vintner in Radebeul from 1848 to 1858 for example. Later French-men also worked in sparkling wine production in the Elb valley time after time. The use of the name "Bussard" as a brand concept of the factory for "effervescent wines" appeared in 1848 for the first time. The "effervescent wines" factory in Niederlößnitz near Dresden was entered on the Commercial Register in 1862. It existed as the "Niederlößnitzer Champagnerfabrik" (Niederlößnitz champagne factory) until 1897. The name was then changed to "Sektkellerei Bussard" (Bussard sparkling wine producer).

COMPANIES CHANGE - THE BRAND STAYS

Bussard Ltd has proven itself to be extremely long-lasting. It maintained its hold on the market for almost half a century. Until 17 September 1947 that is. On this day the company was dissolved under the signs of the socialist economic order. Production was only restarted in 1955 under the name of "Sektkellerei Bussard-Vogt & Co. KG" (Sparkling wine producer Bussard-Vogt as a limited commercial partnership). From 1978 sparkling wine has only been produced on the estate of Wackerbarth's Ruh. It is possible to use tank fermentation there and this is more productive than bottle fermentation. Schloss Wackerbarth later purchased the trademark rights for Bussard. This means that Schloss Wackerbarth is the second oldest sparkling wine producer in Germany. Today sparkling wine is of course produced here using bottle fermentation once more. It is riddled by hand, bottle for bottle.

Sächsisches Staatsweingut GmbH
Wackerbarthstraße 1
01445 Radebeul
Tel. 03 51.89 55-0
Fax 03 51.89 55-150