His career path is classic: apprenticeship as a winemaker in Ennetbaden, Twann and Jenins, years of apprenticeship and travelling in Maienfeld, Praz and in Weinfelden (Hans Ulrich Kesselring, Bachtobel Castle Estate) - a comprehensive but deliberately purely federal tour of experience. 13 years ago, the family (a word Eric often uses because it is extremely important to him) decided to start their own business as winemakers. "With interest-free loans from family members, I have leased just under one hectare of vineyard in Stäfa." The 45-year-old liked the narrow walkway terraces, which allow virtually no mechanical work. The laborious manual work "in the foliage" has the advantage that each grape variety can be pampered according to its individual needs. The Pinot Noir enjoys the sun, the white varieties love the protective shade. In summer Lüthi has a barbecue and wine bar in Rebhüsli, right in the middle of the vineyard. (VINUM, March 2012).