Our dream came true over eight years ago, and now...it is no longer just a dream. It is so much more. Today we share our story.
It started over twenty years ago when I visited Miami for the first time. It was love at first sight: the weather and climate, ocean, the international mix of cultures and people, beautiful palm trees, and amazing hospitality. After my first visit to Miami in 1998, I came back almost twice every year. It became my dream to live in Miami one day.
My wish came true when I met my husband Claus in Hamburg in 2005.
Claus was born in Hamburg. Because of his golfing talent, he represented the National Golf Team of Germany in different countries. This gave him the opportunity to explore numerous beautiful, high-end hotels and restaurants all over the world. Aside from his talent in different sports, Claus managed and represented brands such as FILA, Fruit of the Loom, and Sony Classical. Sony opened the world of music and wines to him, and both are still his passion today.
We shared our love of the Italian kitchen and their Ars Vivendi. So it was not a big surprise that we were married in Italy in 2008.
Almost 12 years ago, after spending our honeymoon in Miami, we tasted the first Prosecco available in the US Market. With all our respect, we were very disappointed with the quality level of Prosecco available in the US market at the time, and we still are. Through our 25 years of traveling experience in Italy and Germany, we knew there was much better quality Prosecco available.
We visited major cities like Miami, LA, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC, but could not find a Prosecco that was the same level of quality we were used to in Germany, Italy and other European countries. There was not one single product that we really liked and enjoyed to drink. Instead, we discovered a harsh aftertaste, products that were not produced naturally, packaging that was not really appealing, and flavors that were just too bitter, too sweet, and not light or refreshing.
We started visiting our favorite Prosecco producer San Simone in Friuli, Italy. My husband and I tasted our favorite Prosecco apart from each other 25 years ago on the island of SYLT located in the North Sea of Germany, very close to the Danish border.
SYLT is a very famous German island; it's considered the hot spot for the Germans, as compared to the Hamptons or Nantucket for Americans. This island is one of the destinations in the famous book titled “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” The logo, which you find on all SYLTBAR products, is the shape of the island SYLT, as its bar sets the standards for extraordinary quality. This is what we have trademarked in the US market.
After having tasted hundreds of different kinds of Prosecco, we both believed that San Simone offers by far the best quality. Today, we now know many more reasons for why we came to that conclusion. Five years ago, the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami tested 80 varieties of sparkling wines, including Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava, and found that SYLTBAR Premium Prosecco had the lowest sugar content. This is mainly the result of a secondary fermentation process, which reduces the sugar level dramatically. We are convinced that everything our body consumes should be produced naturally, and that sticking to natural products has a positive impact on all of us.
SYLTBAR products ensure that it has been produced with responsibility, love, patience, and passion, inside and out.
It has been, and still is, a tough and challenging journey for us — but also a big adventure. It has not always been fun. We have had to deal with a lot of uncertainties, and working day and night, hustling and making sacrifices to ensure that we are putting 100% of our time and energy into SYLTBAR. We believe in it and could see the progress, and that makes it all worth it.
Our valued customers have given us so much positive feedback over the past years, and that makes us so happy to take the next steps in our journey, one at a time.
We have come a long way so far with the help from all our friends and SYLTBAR believers.
Timeless, Natural, Essential, Premium and Delightful are the key words which stand for our SYLTBAR Trademark.