VARIETAL GRAPE JUICE
Flein [flīn] is an elegant aperitif or food companion, a special alc-free alternative to a glass of wine.
The grapes for Flein are grown in steep-sloped vineyards and are cultivated and harvested by hand, especially for the production of our juices.
Gently pressed like champagne and pasteurised using the latest technology, Flein enables variety-typical aromas. Flein comes with a surprising freshness, elegance, and lively acidity.
To be enjoyed pure and chilled in a big wine glass!
Varietal grape juices
Flein is refined from best grapes of three winegrowers from the Alpine region, all of them long-time friends. Each winery produces the high-quality juice in its own cellar and only region-typical grape varieties are used. They are bound by jointly defined quality principles, laid down in a charter: the juices from different grape varieties and origins open up new dimensions of taste.
Gross & Gross
Südsteiermark / Austria
Gross & Gross - these are two sisters, two brothers, two married couples making common cause. The non-alcoholic part of their product range consists of three fine, single-variety juices and the Flein Fizz.
Crystal clear pale yellow color. Refreshing aromas of hibiscus, sweet peas and green apple wedges, framed by a spiciness of yellow peppers, cooked runner beans and stone moss. The lively palate and fruit-acid interplay make for drinking pleasure.
Seductive fruit aromas of lychee and pineapple, varietal muscular spiciness. Round body with pleasant sweetness on the palate and dancing acidity on the tongue. A successful balancing act that simultaneously convinces with freshness, power and a long finish.
Bright pink in the glass and nose. Fresh strawberries and currants open the flattering bouquet, spicy-herbal aromas follow. Lively acidity interacts with a pleasant body. The herbaceous finish makes you want to take the next sip.
Bright lemon yellow color. From the start, the bubbles bring fresh aromas to the surface: wood sorrel, finger limes and peach blossoms. Stimulating on the palate thanks to animating perlage; with crisp fruit and fresh citrus flavors. Perfect aperitif.
Alto Adige / Italy
Cantina Kurtatsch refines grapes from two varieties into the finest, single-varietal juices. They are growing in steep vineyards in the south of Alto Adige, specially selected for juice production.
Bright straw yellow in the glass. Green apple, fresh grapes combined with green pepper and limes. Pleasant sugar-acid interplay on the palate. Complex and yet easygoing.
Bright straw yellow in the glass. Fresh grapes combined with yellow apple. Reminds of the mace. On the palate, refined acidity and delicate sweetness. Complex and yet easy-going.
Schmidt am Bodensee
Lake Constance / Germany
From their winery, the Schmidt family overlooks the gentle slopes of their vineyards and Lake Constance all the way to the Alps. Visitors can enjoy a total of three fine juices from the 2021 vintage on their wine bar terrace.
Light yellow in the glass. Floral nutmeg notes and nuances of caraway and currants. Full-bodied yet delicate with balanced melting of acidity and juicy fruit.
Delicate salmon color. Fruit aromas of plum, cassis, dark wild berries with an echo of herbal spice and cocoa.
Beguiling nose of white lime blossom and elderberry. Fresh and lively on the palate, with a fine fruity finish and a desire for more.
A glass of Flein …
100 % varietal, handcrafted
natural, no artificial additives
0 % alcohol
The aromas of Flein are enjoyed at their best when served chilled in a wine glass.
Discovering the typical taste of a grape variety in the juice is a very special experience.
The producers: Flein is made by friends
Gross & Gross from Südsteiermark presented their first Flein in 2018 as a fine, non-alcoholic alternative to a glass of wine. Other winegrowers have meanwhile joined them, all friends from their student days in Vienna. In 2020, Harald Cronst entered the circle with his Flein from Alto Adige's Cantina Kurtatsch. Sebastian Schmidt from Schmidt am Bodensee followed with the 2021 vintage.
Gross & Gross
Gross & Gross combines both the tradition and renown of Weingut Gross in Südsteiermark and an unbiased fresh start of Vino Gross in Štajerska Slovenija. With their label Gross & Gross, the two young winegrowing families on either side of the Austrian-Slovenian border are realising innovative projects.
The esteem for terroir, sustainability and a down-to-earth family atmosphere – these are the values that drive a young and dynamic team in the south of Alto Adige. Under their ambition top-quality, carefully handcrafted wines and juices are created, reflecting the unique character of their individual sites.
Weingut Schmidt am Bodensee stands for refined, precise and balanced winemaking. Pivotal to success are the quality of the grapes and the uniqueness of their vineyards. The family run business stands for sensitive vinification, hospitality and pleasure as contributors fo an enhanced quality of life.
Our goal is to preserve the flavours of the berries in the juice.
We cultivate our vines based on organic principles, do without plant protection from summer onwards, and believe in reducing yield. Choosing the right vineyard plot and harvest time is important when it comes to preserving both freshness and a lively acidity in the juice.
All we do on the vine itself is done by hand – from pruning down to harvest. This requires up to nine contacts per vintage and vine. Handwork is simply a must in the steep-sloped vineyards, and a true quality booster.
Grapes pressed like Champagne: a low press yield of 55 per cent matches that of Champagne. Thus, any bitter substances or unripe nuances are left behind. Only the best part of the berries is used to ennoble Flein, without any compromise.
To preserve the varietal-typical aromas, we rely on a new pasteurisation process using lower temperatures. The grape juice is bottled cold, briefly heated and quickly cooled down.
A natural product
Flein is nature in its purest form – no artificial flavours are added. Pasteurisation is the natural way to ensure a decent shelf-life. As heat usually kills aromas, we found a particularly gentle solution. Flein is vegan.
Balanced sugar and acidity
The lean, elegant grape juice with its beautiful acidity guarantees joyful moments. The nose, taste, and aftertaste of this alc-free experience can be wonderfully celebrated in a social atmosphere.
Flein: a fine alternative to wine
On the lookout for an alc-free alternative to the much-loved glass of wine I kept asking myself: why can grape juice not taste like the variety it consists of?
From my early childhood days, my parents walked through the vineyards with me, explaining the taste of the berries and their varietal aromas in a playful way. Can this taste be preserved in a grape juice?
Is it possible to produce a varietal grape juice with the same appreciation as for wine and to present and/or celebrate the unfermented juice in the same way?
Flein is our answer.
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