About Carl Tiedemann
Vintner and businessman Carl Tiedemann took his passion for discovering exceptional wines and his love of sharing those wines with others, and combined it with more than 30 years of business experience to launch a successful wine distribution company in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to bringing a number of boutique wines from all over the world which are distributed exclusively in Indiana, Carl also produces and blends his own wines which are made one-on-one with his favorite Napa Valley winemakers. Carl’s wines are sold in Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio.
Carl began collecting California Cabernets several years ago after some health issues had his doctor advise him that he should only drink red wine. Close friends steered him toward various wines and winemakers from the Napa Valley area and eventually connections were made.
“As my friendships grew, so did my inventory of wines,” Carl says. “As the wines I began to buy became collector’s items and I started buying more expensive cabernets, I found that my wine knowledge needed to grow. So I started educating myself by reading all the magazines and books that I could find on wines and by talking to people and furthering my relationships with folks in California and doing research on the internet about wines, and reading about wine lists. I suddenly discovered that as I was collecting these wines I needed to know what I was talking about and what I was buying.”
Eventually Carl’s personal wine collection went from 60 cases to over 2,500 bottles that required their own cellar. He continued to educate himself and became so interested in the process of making wine that he decided to help sell his Napa Valley friends’ wines in Indiana. It was a natural next step for Carl to consider the role of vintner and he teamed up with two Napa Valley winemakers, Sean Larkin of Larkin Wines and Brian Nuss of Twenty Rows, to create his own wines.
Today Carl continues to learn new things daily about wine. He is thankful for his family’s (wife Emilie whom he affectionately calls Mrs. Tiedemann in his blog posts, daughter Elizabeth Carris and son Ben Tiedemann) support in running their Elkhart wine distribution business.
“There is much to do and much to talk about,” Carl says. “I hope in the months and years to come, you will enjoy this wine blog and we can share our thoughts, comments and passions on wine. I hope you enjoy this blog. I hope you enjoy the wines we make. And I hope that you find value in what I write here.”