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My name is Leo Zaplatnikov, I am 33 year old native Russian living in Germany for last 10 years. My passion for wine started when I used to live in Frankfurt, only few minutes by train from the world famous valleys of Rhine and Mosel. Frankfurt, as a center of wine region, had lots of wine festivals and markets so once you live there, you cannot miss a chance to taste outstanding rieslings, graueburgunder and further local wine varieties.
Time changed and I’ve moved to the north, to Hamburg. Hamburg is not famous as a wine making region, but it used to be an important city in the wine industry because it has the biggest port in Germany (and third biggest in Europe). The city is being called by Germans “the door to the world” as the biggest part of international trade from the World enters Germany in Hamburg. Wine as well. This is why several decades ago Hamburg had the biggest number of wine stores or companies acting in importing wines in the whole country. This made Hamburg, the city with no own history of winemaking, one of most important wine locations in Germany.