About

Being a sommelier and gourmet, my goal has always been to select only the finest and most elegant wines from the broad range of products currently on the market. For me, quality is a combination of origin, skill, and selection of the best grapes. Not only have I personally tasted every wine that I have on offer, I also try to meet all the wine growers personally to learn more about them and their philosophy.

After many years in the wine business I know that my clients expect – and deserve – only excellent service. And my creed is:

“THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT!”

Yours sincerely

René Clausen

Curriculum vitae

I was born in Salzburg, Austria, but I was still a teenager when I started exploring other countries. First I went to the United States and then I spent some time in Spain. In these countries, I gained my first work experience, for example in the “San Francis Hotel” in San Francisco, and in the “Carlton-Ritz” in Madrid, but also in several cocktail bars.

Quite early on, I discovered my passion for excellent wine. Still in the United States, I decided to complete a degree as “sommelier” to refine my skills. Since then, I have loved collecting precious bottles of wine – and it is still one of my favourite pastimes.

After four years abroad it was time to return home. Back in Austria, I worked at the “Hotel Edelweiss” in Zürs/ Arlberg, and at the “Rainer’s Bar” in Pörtschach.

Later on, I accepted positions in international companies – first as flight attendant at Lauda Air, then as catering manager at the “Vienna Marriott Hotel”. At Do&Co, I was partly in charge of the catering at Formula One races.

All of these jobs prepared me for my first executive position – as head of “Delicatering by Merkur”- a part of REWE. For over ten years I enthusiastically managed this company – it was definitely one of my most exciting challenges so far.

January 2004, I decided to go abroad again, this time for private reasons: and I moved to Brussels. After taking some time off and by talking to many wine loving people I was inspired to turn my hobby into my profession – the result is a small, but excellent internet wine store for Austrian wines and spirits.