25. June 2012
If a wine dealer wants to offer a glass of wine to his customers at night, there are several senseless hurdles he faces in the jungle of German bureaucracy. Sure, safety always comes first, but why is there an official regulation that the front door must always open outwards? Originally, the rule was created so that intoxicated customers could speedily storm out of the dining venue. But what if they're not even sitting inside?
But the department in charge wouldn't budge and neither would André Schamberger. He would have needed to rebuild his entire store front – an impossible investment, since Schaumberger's store offering organic European wines had only been open for a year. Luckily, Schamberger and Detlef Niesmann, the owner of the neigboring Café Savo, struck up a friendly relationship and eventually developed the idea of turning Savo into a wine bar at night. “How do you like the changes we've made?” says Niesmann, who has since then added green Banners to the windows of his new café and winebar.
“We'll start out with little snacks” says Schamberger, who plans to elaborate his offerings if things go well. But black olives and crispy white bread are already more than enough to pleasantfully conclude a summery night with a glass of Engel Riesling in an atmosphere of authentic Swiss hospitality. “Almost 60 per cent of our wines cost under 26 euros a bottle.”
Café Savo, Goltzstraße 3, Berlin-Schöneberg open daily from 9am, tel. +49 30 216 62 25; Weinbar Traubenblut, Wed to Fri from 7.30pm, tel. +49 30 25 56 22 88, www.traubenblut.de