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Reh Kendermann boss Nik Schritz to step down

Published:  24 November, 2014

Nikolaus Schritz has decided to "quit while ahead", leaving Black Tower brand owner Reh Kendermann at the end of the year with sales up over 20%.

Nikolaus Schritz has decided to "quit while ahead", leaving Black Tower brand owner Reh Kendermann at the end of the year with sales up over 20%.

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Schritz has been joint managing director of the Bingen-based winery for 20 years, and will be succeeded by Germany's marketing and sales head Alexander Rittlinger .

"As the saying goes, you should quit while you're ahead," said Schritz. "I am leaving things in excellent condition. At the end of our financial year 2013/14, our turnover is up 21% year-on-year at €81 million and our volume sales have increased by 23%, with 4 million 9 litre cases produced."

Schritz will remain on board as a consultant for production, quality management and winemaking.

Owner and joint managing director Carl Reh said: "I regret his decision greatly, but I respect his position and am grateful to him for his dedication."

"Nikolaus Schritz has made a major contribution to turning Black Tower into the world's most widely consumed wine from Germany, now selling a record 1.3 million cases around the globe. He has also consistently moved us forward on the issue of quality."

Rittlinger joined the company in 2007 as head of marketing, and in 2012 was also appointed head of sales in Germany. "I am looking forward to the challenge of helping shape Reh Kendermann's future in this new capacity. In our key market, the UK, we will continue to grow Black Tower with our experienced team consisting of Alison Flemming MW, export sales director; Richard Jones, managing director UK, and Jonathan Smith, export sales manager."