AIRLINE: LUFTHANSA Pairs with Gérard Depardieu

AIRLINE: LUFTHANSA Pairs with Gérard Depardieu

For Immediate Release

Lufthansa serves wine from Gérard Depardieu’s Vineyard

Cabernet-d’Anjou featured in Business Class on flights in Europe

East Meadow, NY, July 8, 2010 – Throughout the summer, Business Class passengers aboard Lufthansa’s European routes will enjoy a very special wine from France’s Loire Valley: a Cabernet-d’Anjou 2009 from the Chateau de Tigné estate of celebrated French actor Gérard Depardieu.

Depardieu has long been an enthusiast of fine wines and upon acquiring the chateau, which is located in the region known as the Garden of France, was immediately enraptured with its vineyard and wine cellars and set out to become a vintner. Each year, the vineyard crafts the choicest of wines, among them the rosé Cabernet-d’Anjou 2009, which is pressed from the two Cabernet vines to develop a distinctive flavor reminiscent of fine citrus fruits and raspberries.

The Cabernet-d’Anjou 2009 from the Chateau de Tigné estate is noted for its stimulating character and is delightful to the palate. It pairs perfectly with Lufthansa’s summer menu.

“Vinothek Discoveries“ – New finds for wine lovers

No gourmet menu is complete without quality wine to match the exquisite food. But noble and tasteful as a wine may be on the ground, it loses its characteristics at cruising altitude as low pressure in the aircraft affects the sense of taste and the development of a wine’s bouquet and aroma. To ensure that the fruit of the vine delights passengers during their flights, Lufthansa relies on advice from Sommelier World Champion Markus Del Monego. For “Vinothek Disco­veries“ – Lufthansa’s award-winning wine program. Del Monego travels the world exclusively for Lufthansa in the quest for the finest treasures of the wine-world to recommend and be discovered by First and Business-Class passengers as they settle back in their cabin seats.

About Lufthansa

One of the world’s largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 203 destinations in 81 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with its recent acquisition of Austrian Airlines and SWISS – Vienna and Zurich. From its 22 North American gateways, Lufthansa serves over 400 destinations in more than 100 countries. An industry innovator, the airline has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400, as well as the Airbus A340-600, A340-300 and A330-300. Currently, Lufthansa has 146 aircraft worth about $19 billion on order. It will be the largest European operator of the A380 and is also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa is currently investing $190 million in building new or upgraded lounge facilities across its worldwide network. In January 2009, it opened a three-story, U.S. flagship lounge at JFK Airport. In fall 2010, Lufthansa will re-launch its broadband wireless Internet service onboard, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit